New from Kuhn at LAMMA

Kuhn Farm Ma­chin­ery will launch sev­eral new ma­chines at the LAMMA Show in Birm­ing­ham this month. Joe Spencer re­ports.

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The Lin­colnshire Agri­cul­tural Ma­chin­ery Man­u­fac­tur­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (LAMMA) Show, the UK’s lead­ing ma­chin­ery, equip­ment and ser­vices expo, will be held on 8 and 9 Jan­uary in Birm­ing­ham. Kuhn Farm Ma­chin­ery will be there.

1 Merge Maxx 950 windrow merger

Aimed at large-scale grass­land op­er­a­tions, the Merge Maxx 950 uses two ad­justable, vari­ablewidth and bi-di­rec­tional merger belts to pro­vide a max­i­mum grass pick-up width of 9,5m.

The bi-di­rec­tional de­sign of the twin belts en­ables mul­ti­ple windrow de­liv­ery op­tions. For­age can be de­liv­ered into a sin­gle cen­tral windrow, a sin­gle lat­eral windrow (left or right side), two lat­eral windrows (one on ei­ther side), or a cen­tral and left or right lat­eral windrow.

The pick-up and windrow width can be ad­justed to suit the vol­ume and type of for­age ma­te­rial har­vested, re­duc­ing the num­ber of passes and the as­so­ci­ated cost. For lat­eral windrows, the windrow width can be var­ied from 1m to 1,5m; for cen­tral windrows, it can be set up to 2,20m wide.

Auto-reg­u­lat­ing rollers at the front and side of the pick-up unit self-ad­just their po­si­tion ac­cord­ing to crop thick­ness. In turn, these pass a con­sis­tent sup­ply of for­age to the merger belts, en­abling the Merge Maxx to pro­duce a uni­form, well-aired and quicker-dry­ing windrow.

The Merge Maxx 950 folds down to a width of 3m, a length of 7,4m and a height of 3,6m for easy trans­porta­tion be­tween lands. It is com­pat­i­ble with trac­tors with a min­i­mum power out­put of 65kW.

2 Max­ima 3 pre­ci­sion planter

The new Max­ima 3 range is avail­able in six- to 12-row ver­sions and is ca­pa­ble of plant­ing crops with row spac­ings from 375mm to 800mm. It com­prises 12 mod­els with a choice of con­fig­u­ra­tions, in­clud­ing trailed, fold­able, and tele­scopic with ad­justable spac­ing.

An im­proved seed se­lec­tion and ejec­tion sys­tem en­ables ac­cu­rate seed place­ment at work­ing speeds of up to 10km/h. Ac­cu­racy is fur­ther en­hanced by a new seed­ing unit par­al­lel­o­gram re­in­forced in key ar­eas, in­clud­ing the crit­i­cal hinges and link­ages, for added sta­bil­ity.

A new coul­ter pres­sure sys­tem, ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing up to 180kg of down­ward pres­sure, en­sures con­sis­tent depth con­trol.

An elec­tri­cally driven seed me­ter­ing sys­tem al­lows ap­pli­ca­tion rates to be ad­justed man­u­ally on the move or in ac­cor­dance with a pre-pre­scribed seed­ing map. Each seed­ing unit’s set­tings (in­clud­ing depth, ground pres­sure and fur­row

clos­ing) can be ad­justed quickly and eas­ily by hand with­out the need for any spe­cial­ist tools.

Op­tional equip­ment in­cludes an­gle-ad­justable V-MAX rear clos­ing wheels, with a fur­row clos­ing pres­sure of up to 45kg; fer­tiliser hop­pers; front, rear and in­ter­me­di­ate press wheels; clod clean­ers; and trash wipers.

3 Ocea­nis 2 trailed sprayers

Kuhn has added four new mod­els to its range of Ocea­nis trailed crop sprayers: the 5002 (tank ca­pac­ity 5 000ℓ), the 5602 (5 600ℓ), the 6902 (6 900ℓ) and the 7702 (7 700ℓ). All are avail­able with com­pact, alu­minium booms in widths of 24m to 48m. (The Ocea­nis 7702 is shown here.)

The new sprayers are fully ISOBUS-com­pat­i­ble, en­abling them to be con­trolled from a sin­gle in-cab ter­mi­nal, such as Kuhn’s CCI 1200 con­sole. A sep­a­rate con­trol box, which places the key sprayer con­trols (sec­tion, boom height and an­gle) within fin­ger­tip reach, can also be used.

Each new model is avail­able with Kuhn’s Mul­tispray sys­tem. The noz­zle hold­ers are elec­tri­cally pow­ered and can be se­lected in-cab. The noz­zles can be set to au­to­matic mode to suit the for­ward work­ing speed and max­imise the ac­cu­racy of vari­able rate ap­pli­ca­tions, or in­di­vid­ual noz­zles can be con­trolled to re­duce over­lap­ping.

Kuhn’s e-SET clean­ing sys­tem au­to­mates the tank rins­ing se­quence, mak­ing the Ocea­nis 2 ex­tremely safe and ef­fi­cient to use. The Easyflow sys­tem en­ables chem­i­cals to be added with­out the risk of the op­er­a­tor com­ing into con­tact with them.

Kuhn’s self-lev­el­ling boom sys­tem keeps the spray boom in the op­ti­mal po­si­tion and height ir­re­spec­tive of soil sur­face and crop con­di­tions, in­creas­ing spray­ing pre­ci­sion and re­duc­ing spray drift. A ‘Hy­brid’ mode uses three sen­sors to dis­tin­guish be­tween crop canopy and ground level, im­prov­ing spray­ing ac­cu­racy in high-den­sity or lodged crops.

Draw­bar, axle, par­al­lel­o­gram and boom sus­pen­sion sys­tems pro­vide ad­di­tional sta­bil­ity and boom se­cu­rity when spray­ing and dur­ing trans­porta­tion.

4 Op­ti­mer XL 5000

The Op­ti­mer XL range of stub­ble cul­ti­va­tors con­sists of mounted and trailed ma­chines in work­ing widths of 3m to 5m. (The 5m trailed Op­ti­mer XL 5000 is seen here.)

All ver­sions have two rows of in­de­pen­dent discs fol­lowed by a roller bar for fit­ting a va­ri­ety of Kuhn press wheels.

The large-di­am­e­ter (620mm) notched discs, of 6mm-thick steel, can work at depths of 50mm to 150mm. The work­ing depth can be ad­justed man­u­ally as stan­dard, or hy­drauli­cally as an op­tion. The large di­am­e­ter of the discs makes it pos­si­ble to in­cor­po­rate a high vol­ume of trash and crop residue eas­ily and ef­fi­ciently, at a work­ing speed of be­tween 7km/h and 17km/h.

Each disc is mounted on four elas­tomer blocks that en­able it to move in­de­pen­dently over ob­sta­cles and main­tain an even work­ing depth across the ma­chine’s full width, even in very stony soil.

Ad­justable soil-re­tain­ing discs, which can be an­gled 14° to the front or 14° to the rear, and by up to 12° ver­ti­cally, pre­vent soil be­ing thrown out of the cul­ti­vated strip. This pro­duces a level and con­sis­tent seedbed.

The se­cond row of discs is fol­lowed by a roller bar, which can be equipped with a choice of Kuhn’s tube or ring rollers to en­sure per­fect soil tamp­ing, ir­re­spec­tive of the soil type be­ing worked.

All discs and rollers are mounted on sealed-for-life, main­te­nance-free bear­ings.

• Joe Spencer is the mech­a­ni­sa­tion ed­i­tor of Farmer’s Weekly.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the equip­ment in this re­port, email him at farm­er­[email protected]­ton.co.za. Sub­ject line: Equip­ment.

JOE SPENCER

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