This week we take a look at:
John Deere, Sumo, Horsch, Kuhn Farm Machinery and Carre
A new high specification 4400-litre capacity trailed sprayer from John Deere will be making its UK show debut.
The R944i model on display, together with its new M Series mid specification equivalent the M944(i), mean that John Deere now offers a wider range of specifications and configurations than ever before in a machine of this size, with a choice of manual, semi-automatic or fully automated sprayers.
The latest models offer the same basic features as the larger M & R Series sprayers up to 6200 litres, but with a smaller tank size. Both new versions have the same low profile tank design and low centre of gravity for maximum stability under all spraying conditions, while the established axle steering system provides accurate tracking on the headlands to reduce wheeling damage.
Powerful, high-capacity twin piston diaphragm sprayer pumps supply liquid at 560 litres/min. An optionally available centrifugal pump boosts filling capacity to 700 litres/min.
A wide choice of durable steel spray booms is available, from 24 to 30m (double-folding) and 24 to 40m (triple-folding). These feature a central pendulum for boom levelling, anti-yaw suspension system, vertical and horizontal boom breakaway protection and durable pivot points.
Sumo are continuing their excellent product presence at 2015 shows and are exhibiting a Mounted Trio 3m c/w Sumoseeder & 3 SDO (Single Disc Openers), 5 leg arable Subsoiler c/w front discs, Quatro 3m, Mounted DD3, Front Multipacka 3m c/w leveling paddles, LDS 4m, GLS 4, Strake 6m, 1000kg Front Weight, 1500kg Front Weight, 2000kg Front Weight, 2500kg Front Weight, Trailed Trio 3m A/R c/w front discs, Mounted Mixidisc 5m, Front Hopper and a Multipress 6m.
Alongside their static stand they will also have 3 demonstration plots which will give you chance to see the following products working: DD6, Trailed Mixidisc 5, Front Multipacka 4m c/w leveling paddles, DTS4, LDS3 c/w Liquid Injection System and a Mounted Trio3.
New products to the lineup which will also be launched at the show include the 3m Mounted version of their DD, Multipress, Liquid Injection System and SDO (Single Disc Opener).
Following its success at the LAMMA show, at which the BoomControl Pro system took top honours, Horsch will be displaying its new PT 280 self-propelled sprayer at Cereals for the first time. In addition, the recently launched Joker RT with levelling board and new TurboDisc coulter will also be on display.
Horsch has updated its self-propelled sprayer with new features to keep it ahead of the competition and meet strict new emissions standards. A 285hp/210 KW Mercedes engine now powers the new Leeb PT 280 sprayer providing a 15hp power increase over the PT 270, which it replaces.
The new 7.7 litre 6-cylinder turbo engine uses Mercedes’ latest AdBlue technology to meet the Tier 4 requirements. The radiator is now mounted horizontally and the radiator fan is now hydraulically driven and not dependent directly on engine speed. Due to customers’ requests, the road speed has also been increased to 50kph.
The PT 280 continues with a proven hydrostatically stepless-hydroshift gear unit and mechanical axis drive, instead of hydraulics motors, for better traction in hilly terrain. The award-winning BoomControl Pro system, close nozzle spacing, pneumatic nozzle control and an advanced cleaning system complete an impressive package.
Kuhn Farm Machinery will be using this year’s Cereals event to officially launch a new 6-metre minimum tillage drill that is capable of being pulled by a 200 hp tractor and drilling accurately at forward working speeds up to 17km/h.
Kuhn’s new ESPRO minimum tillage drill has a 6-metre working width and has been designed with an equal focus on three key aspects of the drilling process: speed, accuracy and efficiency. The new machine uses the best of Kuhn’s existing seed drilling technologies and expertise as well as a selection of innovative design elements.
Duncan McLeish, UK Sales Manager for Kuhn Farm Machinery explains “Two rows of 460mm concave discs are responsible for opening the soil and incorporating all residues into the surface layers, creating a fine tilth and functioning effectively even in heavy conditions,”
“These discs are followed, in the centre of the drill, by a row of 900mm diameter press wheels which create an evenly consolidated soil profile for consistent soil-to-seed contact.”
The large diameter of the press wheel helps to reduce the overall rolling resistance of the ESPRO, with the deep-treaded tyres also augmenting improved soil crumbling for a finer tilth. The tyres also feature a specially designed square profile to ensure uniform consolidation across the machine’s full working width. The press wheels are also arranged in a front-to-rear offset design to further reduce rolling resistance, with 85mm inter-wheel spaces helping to minimise soil bulldozing and maintain good soil flow.
Further innovation comes with the CROSSFLEX seed bar, which has coulter arms mounted on polyurethane blocks that provide a secure fixing but with sufficient spring movement to maintain a precise seed depth at high working speeds. Double disc coulters, as used on Kuhn’s successful SEEDFLEX system, provide the precision seed placement required for optimum crop performance.
Carre distributor TRP will be showing the new Penterra, which is a powerful and versatile cultivator which TRP claims to combine reliability and power no matter the conditions : dry to wet, on light and heavy soil. On display on the Carre / TRP stand will be a 6m PENTERA.