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Farms and Farm Machinery Issue 363

Farms and Farm Machinery for Zinio delivers the power of the printed page with the immediacy and convenience that comes from delivery on Zinio. Featuring all the same great content, deals and reviews as the print magazine, it is an essential tool for anyone looking to search, compare and buy or sell farm equipment, tractors, balers and all things needed for the modern ag worker. With hundreds of advertisers offering thousands of products for sale, Farms and Farm Machinery for Zinio is the go-to resource you’ve come to know and use, now in format you can carry anywhere.

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in this issue

2 min
claas-y combine

Claas fans rejoice as the brand’s long-awaited new draper fronts for Lexion combine harvesters just dropped at AgQuip 2018. The new ‘Convio’ draper front series will be available in working widths of 10.8, 12.3 and 13.8 metres, and both rigid and flexible configurations. Claas Harvest Centre product manager Jonathon Ham says the Convio series is ideal for crops harvested closer to the ground. “Convio will have an immediate appeal for use in cereals and canola, while Convio Flex is ideal for crops that are harvested closer to the ground, such as pulses,” Ham says. “Both fronts ensure smooth, reliable flow of cut material with minimal grain loss, even in lighter conditions or direct-cut canola.” Optional left- and right-mounted 425mm diameter feed augers are available as well as canola knives that can be fitted…

2 min
bolstered baler

A stronger chassis and new rollers are key features on the latest Rollant 540 fixed chamber round baler from Claas. Available with the choice of net or film wrapping, the new Rollant 540 will produce bales with a diameter of 1.25m and widths of 1.22m. The 540’s baling chamber is formed by 16 rollers, made from 4mm thick steel plate. The serrated profile of the rollers maintains optimum bale rotation even under moist conditions. Bearing and power transmission functions are performed via specially hardened 50mm-diameter lateral-axle stubs on the input drive side. They are flange-mounted on the roller body, and can be individually replaced if necessary. The tailgate closing rams are arranged horizontally at the sides, resulting in high baling pressures. This new design also reduces the pressure exerted on the tailgate and…

1 min
tough tiger

The Tigercat 1185 eight-wheel drive harvester is now available to Australian operators through local dealer Onetrak. Equipped with Tigercat-built bogie axles and a powerful Tigercat ER crane, the 34-tonne 1185 sets a new standard for durability and productivity in tough terrain. Tigercat’s unique WideRange drive system increases working travel speed while delivering powerful tractive effort for high performance in steep terrain and quick in-stand travel on good ground. The 1185 blends high performance with fuel efficiency through the use of advanced hydraulic circuits. Dedicated pumps power the drive, harvesting head, crane, fan and cooling circuit functions. In addition, a closed-loop drive system provides excellent performance and response on steep slopes. A pressure- and flow-controlled piston pump drives the cooling fan, maintaining optimal operating temperatures at the lowest-possible fan speed. The crane features Tigercat’s…

2 min
clear view

Case IH staged live demonstrations of its cloud-based ClearVU farm management tool at the AgQuip Field Days held recently in Gunnedah. The tool has been developed in partnership with AgDNA, in response to a need the company saw within its customer base. “There are so many variables associated with agriculture, and a multitude of decisions farmers are faced with on a day-today, season-to-season basis,” says Andrew Kissel, Case IH ANZ product manager – planting and soil management equipment. “The current drought is just one of the massive challenges being tackled by producers at the moment, and a stark example of why we as a company need to be doing all we can to help farmers with planning decisions and management strategies. “ClearVU is a way for farmers to store a huge variety of…

1 min
weathering wind

Amazone is fighting the age-old spreading dilemma – wind – with its new WindControl system, which is designed to automatically adjust lateral distribution according to wind speed and direction. Built on Amazone’s recently introduced Argus Twin spreading pattern monitoring system, which uses 14 radar sensors to monitor the spreading pattern of the left and right spreading discs, the WindControl ups the ante. “This technology compensates for any change in spreading pattern due to variations in fertiliser quality during start-up, braking, travelling on slopes or if the spreading vanes are worn,” says Craig Hopkins, Claas Harvest Centre product manager – Amazone. “It also operates during border spreading or section control, ensuring the most effective use of fertiliser and ease of operation.” Where WindControl differs is with its high-frequency wind sensor, which monitors wind speed…

2 min
money saver

Drought conditions are straining the patience and funds of farmers across Australia, leading them to search for alternatives. Queensland dairy farmer Peter Mengel has found some relief in his new Strautmann Verti-Mix 2401 feed mixer. With conditions so dry he can’t even grow grass, let alone feed crops, Mengel took to a feed mixer. “I previously used a blue vertical feed mixer, which didn’t have the suspension to cope with our terrain. When the undercarriage needed fixing, it was going to cost me thousands of dollars, so I bought a Strautmann Verti-Mix 2401 instead,” he says. “It comes standard with tandem sprung-axle suspension, which ensures a comfortable ride in the paddock on my 191hp tractor.” The Verti-Mix offers the new Vario2 mixing auger, which has a unique stepped flight design. “After I’ve put the…