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The latest and greatest from Europe

Published on 01 June 2018

THE latest offerings from some of Europe’s leading farm machinery manufacturers, including CLAAS, AMAZONE, JCB and Trioliet, will be on show at the CLAAS Harvest Centre display at this year’s National Field Days at Mystery Creek.

One of several new machines making their debut will be the Trioliet Triomaster S, which effortlessly slices up to 45 cm of silage from the face of the silage pit. CLAAS Harvest Centre Sales Manager – NZ, Luke Wheeler, says the use of a silage cutter helps to maintain silage quality and consistency.

“If you go to all the trouble of producing top quality silage, then it makes sense to use the best machinery to feed it out and get the best results,” he says. “Silage needs to be removed as carefully as possible to prevent air from penetrating the stack, particularly if there is poor compaction.

“Unlike conventional silage grabs or buckets that pull the silage from the pit, the Triomaster S has a fixed blade that shears through silage without affecting the structure of the wall or the stack itself.” The buckets, which have a capacity of two or three cubic metres, can be fitted to any telehandler or front loader with a lift capacity of more than 3.5 tonnes.

Also making their debuts will be the CLAAS ARION 600 and 400 series of advanced technology tractors and the high-speed JCB Fastrac 8330. Luke says the seven-model ARION 600 series builds on the marque’s well-earned reputation for performance, efficiency and comfort. “With a rated power output ranging from 125 to 205 hp, these ‘all-round’ tractors are ideal for a broad range of cropping, mowing, baling, transport and front-end loader activities,” he says. “They are available with an impressive choice of more powerful engines, operating systems, cabin configurations and numerous equipment options.”

The new ARION 400 series, which spans six models from 90 to 140 hp, boasts an array of features and technology normally only found on larger horsepower tractors. These include an optional continuous windscreen-roof panel, front linkages, automatic differential locking, automatic four-wheel drive and PTO activation/deactivation, headland management systems and dynamic steering. Also on display will be the JCB Fastrac 8330, the only tractor in the world with all-round self-levelling suspension.

“The JCB Fastrac 8330 re-writes all the rules about tractors,” Luke says. With its continuously variable transmission, ABS disc brakes and a top speed of 70 km/h, this 348 hp tractor raises the bar in productivity, comfort, safety and versatility.” Sporting sharp new styling, it boasts a new 335 hp Tier 4 engine, continuously variable transmission, all-round suspension, hydrostatic dual steering, four wheel disc brakes with ABS and a deluxe Command Plus cab.

“Everything about it is designed to maximise productivity, whether it’s heavy cultivation at 7 km/h, GPS-guided spraying and spreading operations at 40 km/h or hauling fully-laden spreaders, sprayers and wagons at road speeds up to 70 km/h.” Luke says. As usual, the CLAAS Harvest Centre site will showcase a complete line-up of forage harvesting technology from CLAAS, including the award-winning JAGUAR 900 (Type 498) series forage harvester.

“Besides its sharp good looks, this new series boasts a number of technological innovations, including a choice of efficient engines ranging from 462 to 884 hp, front attachment drives and an enhanced crop flow system,” Luke says. A complete range of DISCO mowers and mower-conditioners, VOLTO tedders and LINER rakes will also be on display as well as an extensive range of AMAZONE spreaders, sprayers and cultivation equipment.

CLAAS Harvest Centre will be located on Site M52-58.

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