Trac­tor-loader demo at Dairy Show

Irish Examiner - Farming - - MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT - Ja­son Webb

Six top brands can be seen in the Na­tional Dairy Show trac­tor and loader demon­stra­tion at the Green Glens Arena in Mill­street, Co Cork, Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 21. Along­side the coun­try’s best dairy cows and the usual big trade show, trac­tors can be seen at work from Massey Fer­gu­son and Claas (their mod­els were de­scribed here last week) and from John Deere, Kub­ota, Val­tra and New Holland (see de­tails be­low). Lo­cal trailer man­u­fac­turer, Lynch Trail­ers, will pro­vide trail­ers for the demon­stra­tion. Re­cent years have seen many new re­leases into this sec­tor by lead­ing brands.

This in­cludes John Deere’s 5R se­ries. Far­mPower will roll out the 5100R model with the John Deere 543R loader at­tached, at the Dairy Show demo.

This com­bi­na­tion is com­ing from Eng­land es­pe­cially for the Show (Far­mPower will have de­liv­ery in mid-Novem­ber). The com­pact 5R Se­ries trac­tors from 90 to 125hp fea­ture a one-piece curved frame de­sign with a low cen­tre of grav­ity and a turn­ing ra­dius of only 3.75m, even when fit­ted with a front loader such as the new 543R. The 5100R is a 100hp rated model that of­fers a choice of me­chan­i­cal or new E joy­sticks, both linked to the trac­tor seat for front loader op­er­a­tion. Fea­tures in­clude front axle sus­pen­sion and an air sus­pended seat, plus an op­tional cab sus­pen­sion sys­tem.

The Stage IIIB 4.5-litre John Deere PWX diesel-only four-cylin­der en­gine pro­duces 10 ex­tra hp for trans­port ap­pli­ca­tions. Three trans­mis­sion op­tions in­clude the new 32/16 Com­mand8, with eight pow­er­shiftable gears and an ECO mode en­abling a top speed of 40kph at only 1759 en­gine rpm, plus au­to­matic shift­ing as stan­dard. The new 5R Se­ries trac­tor cab has a tiltable steer­ing col­umn, PDU+ cor­ner-post dis­play, panoramic front wind­shield, and er­gonomic con­trol panel. The new 543R loader of­fers au­to­matic mast and im­ple­ment latch. Atkins Farm Ma­chin­ery will demon­strate the new M5.111 Kub­ota trac­tor with Kub­ota’s own loader at­tached. The 113hp rated trac­tor fits in a more af­ford­able bracket. The M5001 range was launched last year.

The Ja­panese com­pany was first to in­cor­po­rate a CRS (Com­mon Rail Sys­tem) equipped with a urea cat­a­lyst (SCR), a sys­tem to re­cir­cu­late ex­haust gases with wa­ter re­frig­er­a­tion (EGR), a diesel par­tic­u­late fil­ter (DPF) and a diesel ox­i­da­tion cat­a­lyst (DOC). The four cylin­der V3800 Kub­ota 16-valve en­gine meets the Tier IV emis­sions stan­dard.

The 40-ECO trans­mis­sion with six syn­chro­nised gears, and dual speed High-Lo tech­nol­ogy, al­lows di­rect, gen­tle, and fast gear chang­ing. The elec­tro-hy­draulic re­verser, which avoids us­ing the clutch, pro­vides a fast and grad­ual change in di­rec­tion. Panoramic vis­i­bil­ity from the cab is in­creased by a sun­roof with a slid­ing sun vi­sor. The down­ward slop­ing bon­net also boosts vis­i­bil­ity and safety. The LA1854 shovel was specif­i­cally de­signed by Kub­ota for this trac­tor.

A key safety fea­ture is an­tilow­er­ing valves which main­tain shovel po­si­tion even if the sys­tem suf­fers pres­sure losses. The loader has quick cou­pling for im­ple­ments and hy­draulic hoses, mak­ing bucket changes and loader dis­as­sem­bly eas­ier. The team from Paudie Buck­leys will high­light the Scan­di­na­vian pair­ing of a Val­tra trac­tor and a Quicke loader.

The Val­tra on show will be a fourth gen­er­a­tion N-Se­ries. The new N Se­ries has won many awards, in­clud­ing the Golden Trac­tor for De­sign award at Agritech­nica in 2015.

The N134 on dis­play at the Na­tional Dairy Show is a 135 hp ma­chine avail­able in four trans- mis­sion op­tions — HiTech, Active, Versu and Di­rect mod­els. The pow­er­shift trac­tors have a hill-hold fea­ture, a patented hy­draulics as­sis­tant, and Au­to­matic Slip Reg­u­la­tor (ASR). The ASR works as in pas­sen­ger cars, the trac­tion con­trol sys­tem lim­its en­gine power if the sen­sors and tyre speed ex­ceed a set level. The cab of­fers ex­cel­lent vis­i­bil­ity in all di­rec­tions with up to 6.5 square me­tres of glass, but still re­mains quiet (less than 70 db). An op­tion is an ex­tra win­dow in the roof for an un­ob­structed view to the front loader in its high­est po­si­tion.

The se­ries has an Agco Power Tier4 Fi­nal en­gine, pro­duc­ing 620 Nm of torque in the N134’s four-cylin­der 4.9-litre en­gine. The stan­dard fuel tank size is 250 litres, the op­tional size is 300 litres, and the ca­pac­ity of the urea tank is 45 litres.

The New Holland rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the Dairy Show demo will be the larger T6.175 with a rated en­gine HP of 145. Cole­mans of Mill­street plan to demon­strate this top four cylin­der trac­tor model in the T6 Se­ries. The new T6 is fully loader ready from the fac­tory, and can be en­hanced with the up­graded arm­rest, Elec­tro Com­mand semi-pow­er­shift, and elec­tronic mid­mounts valve.

The newly launched Dy­namic Com­mand fea­tur­ing 8-step semi pow­er­shift trans­mis­sion is the only one in this mar­ket seg­ment. This is a Dual Clutch con­cept, sim­i­lar to the seam­less range shift­ing within the Auto Com­mand trans­mis­sion.

A key fea­ture is the Dy­namic StartS­top which al­lows one press of the brake pedal and the trac­tor will slow and come to a stand­still, there’s no need to en­gage neu­tral or de­press the clutch pedal. Re­lease the brakes, and the drive is re-en­gaged, a sim­ple but ef­fec­tive au­toma­tion.

The cab vis­i­bil­ity has been im­proved in all di­rec­tions with a sin­gle-piece wind­screen, 5.85 square me­tre of glass and, for loader work, the high-vis­i­bil­ity roof panel.

The new T6 com­plies with Tier 4B emis­sions stan­dards with New Holland’s ECOBlue Hi-eSCR tech­nol­ogy.

A fea­ture for yard work is the En­gine Idle Speed Man­age­ment (EISM) tech­nol­ogy which re­duces en­gine idle speed from 850 rpm to 650 rpm when not in use, such as when the op­er­a­tor leaves the cab to open a gate. All trac­tors will be demon­strated twice at the show. They may not fea­ture all op­tions men­tioned but staff will be avail­able on the day to an­swer fur­ther ques­tions.

The trac­tor and loader demo at the Na­tional Dairy Show in Mill­street on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 21, will in­clude (clock­wise, from left), trac­tors from Kub­ota, John Deere, New Holland, and Val­tra.

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