ANOTHER CLASSY PRO­DUC­TION

Irish Independent - Farming - - MACHINERY -

JCB will launch its brand new TM420 tele­scopic wheeled loader with a whop­ping 4.1 tonne lift ca­pac­ity. The com­pany says the new model will have ex­tra lift height to 5.4m, ideal for high sided diet feed­ers.

This new model also uses the same 108kW (145hp) JCB EcoMAX en­gine that meets Euro Stage IV emis­sions rules us­ing SCR tech­nol­ogy. Other new fea­tures over pre­vi­ous mod­els in­clude a re­gen­er­a­tive hy­draulics cir­cuit giv­ing faster boom low­er­ing for quicker load­ing cy­cles and a tougher chas­sis with larger pins and bushes for the cen­tre pivot and loader. It also has heav­ier-duty JCB axles with per­ma­nent four-wheel drive to han­dle the in­creased pay­load and 26in wheels with larger tyres to op­ti­mise trac­tion.

A larger lift cylin­der fed by the 160-litre/min pis­ton pump pro­vides 4.1 tonnes of lift ca­pac­ity from ground level to full height, which is 32pc more than from the TM320S. THE semi-tracked Claas Ax­ion 900 Terra Trac is the first trac­tor that has a sus­pended front and rear axle and also has a sub­stan­tially larger con­tact area com­pared to Tri­an­gle tracks, which re­sults in ex­cel­lent di­rec­tional sta­bil­ity both in the field and in road travel.

Claas say it is not of­fi­cially avail­able as yet but it is go­ing to be of­fered as an op­tion for all Claas Ax­ion mod­els.

Op­ti­mum adap­ta­tion to the ground con­tours is key for low com­paction. This is achieved by a 15-de­gree pivot range, and the fact that the ma­chine weight is dis­trib­uted to all track rollers hy­drauli­cally.

The pivot point was moved for­ward, which shifts more weight to the rear axle.

This ben­e­fits from a larger con­tact area and so can trans­mit trac­tor power to the ground more ef­fec­tively while keep­ing com­paction low.

The ma­chine trans­fers more than 450hp to the ground with­out caus­ing dam­age to the soil. At the same time, it does not ex­ceed the statu­tory road width limit. It also won a sil­ver medal from Agritech­nica.

The Agco Ideal will be launched at the Agritech­nica 2018 Show in Hanover next month. The gi­ant com­bine is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Chal­lenger, Fendt and Massey Fer­gu­son.

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