The Honda Pioneer 500.

For years the quad market has been nibbled at by side-by-side (SxS) vehicles with their better carrying capacity and driver protection and, depending on options, shelter from the elements.

 
Amazone’s new paint plant.

German machinery maker Amazone has spent Euro 20 million on a new paint plant at its Hude-Altmoorhausen drill factory; it is reckoned among the most up-to-date in the farm machinery industry.

 
New five-calf open feeder from Stallion Plastics.

A new five-calf open feeder from Stallion Plastics is said to be light, strong, easy to clean, big enough for calves to grow into and up to a third cheaper than traditional feeders.

McHale Fusion 3 Plus applying film on film.

The development of round bales for silage or baleage in the late 1980s made a huge difference to forage conservation, by removing the need for expensive and labour intensive silage clamps.

The new Maschio Presto disc harrow is ideal for uniform paddock work up to 10cm deep at speeds up to 15km/h.

Farmers or landowners looking to establish seedbeds quickly might want to take a closer look at the new Maschio Presto disc harrow distributed by Power Farming.

The JD self-propelled unit comes with a 4000L capacity.

John Deere's Horst factory in the Netherlands has a history of plant protection, designing and manufacturing crop sprayers for at least 70 years.

The 510mm Wave Disc only moves a narrow band of soil about 50mm either side of the centreline.

Austrian machinery maker Pottinger has unveiled what it claims is a new concept in ‘smart’ soil cultivation for its drills in the shape of the Terrasem Wave Disc.

David McCubrey, Erth Engineering with the PanBuster.

With Autumn having been so wet, the spring might call for a little soil loosening to drain excess moisture and allow roots to go deeper in search of moisture in the drying summer.

S series hits the 400hp mark

Hot on the heels of its A and N series, Finnish tractor manufacturer Valtra has topped out its fourth-generation S series with the flagship S394 model.

Telehandlers have brought about a big change in materials handling on farms, with increased lift and reach capacities that traditional tractor/loader combinations couldn’t achieve.

Treating water collected from roofs, streams, springs, bores often falls into property owners’ too-hard basket, the excuse sometimes being that drinking the stuff builds immunities to local nasties.

The new Kverneland FlexCart from importer Power Farming comprises a 4300L hopper mounted on a robust chassis with oversize wheel equipment and a rear-mounted Cat 2 three-point linkage.

The recently introduced fourth generation Valtra N series boasts many features from its ‘big brother’ T series but is built into a smaller, more manoeuvrable package which should appeal to many operators.

Tulloch Farm Machines, Masterton, has introduced a new Krone Big Pack 870 HDF XC MultiBale unique in its interest to contractors: it would allow them to offer different end products from the one machine.

In one of the farm machinery industry’s worst-kept secrets, global manufacturer AGCO says it expects to buy the forage division of the Lely Group.

The New Holland police tractor hit the roads in 2015, the brainchild of then New Holland operations manager Kyle Baxter (now C B Norwood brand manager) and police inspector Paul Carpenter.

 

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