Tractor-loader demo at Dairy Show
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.