Wim­mera Machin­ery Field Days

Har­ri­son Hunkin re­ports on the high­lights of the 55th an­nual Wim­mera Machin­ery Field Days

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The 2018 agri­cul­tural field days cal­en­dar kicked off re­cently with the 55th an­nual Wim­mera Machin­ery Field Days at Lon­gerenong near Hor­sham. Here are some machin­ery high­lights from this year’s event.


The stand­out was the Wim­mera Machin­ery Field Days 2018 Ma­chine of the Year – the Ama­zone Con­dor 12001 seed drill.

The crew at the Claas Har­vest Cen­tre tent were keen to show us around the Con­dor seed drill, which is the first in Aus­tralia.

“The Con­dor has gar­nered great in­ter­est here at the show and at the demon­stra­tions it’s been at,” Claas Har­vest Cen­tre – Lake Bo­lac rep­re­sen­ta­tive St­ef­fen Berke­meyer says.

The ma­chine is de­signed specif­i­cally for use in stub­ble and is of­fered in work­ing widths of 12m-15m. We’re told the Con­dor is a hit over in Rus­sia … in­ter­est­ing com­rades.


There’s some­thing about a com­bine har­vester that is so ap­peal­ing. Per­haps it’s the size of the ma­chine, or sim­ply they look ‘cool’. Whichever, both def­i­nitely ap­ply to the Claas Lexion 770.

Pros – the Lexion 770 has an im­pres­sive top speed of 40km/h and more than 500hp un­der the bon­net. Cons – the bloody thing is so big I couldn’t take a good photo of it!

Stand­out fea­tures in­clude its Vario cut­ter­bars in widths up to 12.27m and its APS thresh­ing sys­tem that pro­vides up to 20 per cent more through­put.


From the out­side, the new John Deere S780 trac­tor doesn’t look too dis­sim­i­lar to its pre­de­ces­sor the S680, but Em­metts Hor­sham branch sales manager Pa­trick Fox says the gold is found in­side the cab.

In­side the S780 fea­tures a re­designed, multi-func­tional han­dle as seen in the R se­ries sprayers.

Three of the big fea­tures on the S780 in­clude the Gen 4 ‘com­mand cen­tre’, ‘ac­tive yield’ (a new yield cal­i­bra­tion sys­tem), and ‘com­bine ad­vi­sor’ (a suite of tech­nolo­gies de­signed to max­imise har­vest­ing prof­its). Like all Deeres, ev­ery­thing in­side and out of the S780 is slick.


Farms&Far­mMachin­ery has cov­ered the new Mahin­dra Pik-Up ute a fair bit lately, but it stood proudly on dis­play at Neale Goad Mahin­dra Bal­larat’s site.

Goad says the new Pik-Up is the per­fect farm ute.

“It’s the per­fect farm ute be­cause of the gear­ing,” he says.

“It suits farms and farmers, es­pe­cially when they are feed­ing live­stock off the back of the ute – you find a lot of modern utes are geared to high, mak­ing it hard for the farmers to walk be­side the ute.

“The old Pik-Up was good, it was ex­tremely rugged, but what they’ve done with this new one – even though it’s quite sim­i­lar – is they’ve taken it light years ahead of the old one in terms of the in­te­rior, the new gear­box and its quiet­ness.”

Goad and his Mahin­dra Bal­larat busi­ness were re­cently crowned Mahin­dra’s best over­all per­form­ing trac­tor dealer.


Front and cen­tre at the O’Con­nors Case IH site was the Case IH Steiger 500 Quadtrac.

With a 500hp FPT en­gine and its clas­si­cal bold Case red paint job, the Case IH Steiger 500 is a beast.

It also has a com­pletely new trans­mis­sion and the Case IH AFS Pro 700 on-board com­puter sys­tem. This Steiger is the first re­tail pro­duc­tion unit in Aus­tralia.


For us, the high­light of the show was the spruced-up In­ter­na­tional 1246 pull trac­tor.

Pur­chased from Ger­many last year by Chris and Lisa Hicks, the Red Devil be­gan its life as a hum­ble farm trac­tor in the

1970s push­ing out a top speed of 35km. Now the con­verted In­ter­na­tional trac­tor un­der its new pseu­do­nym, the Red Devil, has a top speed of 60km/h and more than 2000Nm of torque.

The Red Devil is spon­sored by RJ Bat­ter­ies, Wilken Grain and O’Con­nors Case IH.

1. The new Mahin­dra Pik-Up ute from Neale Goad Mahin­dra Bal­larat2. The Claas Lexion 770 com­bine har­vester is one im­pres­sive piece of machin­ery3. John Deere’s new S780 com­bine har­vester fit­ted with the lat­est Gen 4 com­mand cen­tre4. The win­ner of the Wim­mera Field Days 2018 Ma­chine of the Tear – the Ama­zone Con­dor 12001 seed drill 5. The stand­out of the 2018 Wim­mera Machin­ery Field Days, the In­ter­na­tional ‘Red Devil’ pull trac­tor

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