Some of the top names in tractor and combine manufacturing will be exhibiting their latest machines at LAMMA. Several have revealed new and upgraded models that will take centre stage on their stands, with further announcements expected in the run up to the show.
We take a look at some of the innovative kit on offer so far, as well as some interesting workshop items that will help fitters keep equipment running smoothly.
A new range of more powerful stepless transmission tractors will be represented by the top model in a line-up making its UK debut on the Argo Tractors stand at the LAMMA show.
The McCormick X7.624 VT-Drive with up to 230hp for draft work and 240hp for pto-driven implements and road transport is the most powerful model in the latest X7 Series, which also features lower running costs thanks to engine service intervals extended to 1200 hours, a more comprehensive 360deg LED lighting package set into a new cab roof panel, and new control features in the Premiere cab.
The range, which starts at 180hp, is powered by Betapower 6.7-litre engines by FPT. Power and torque are channelled through the new ZF Terramatic TMT20 transmission that provides seamless ground speed adjustment, with high levels of mechanical efficiency across the zero to 50kph envelope.
Zetor UK’s “New Design” Proxima tractors make their UK debut at LAMMA. The range has many new features, including upgraded air-conditioning packages as well as transmission and engine cooling upgrades. It comes in three variants; the CL, GP and HS.
The CL is the entry level unit (80-110hp), ideally suited to yard work and general farm work. The GP is being reintroduced to the range and also weighs in at 80-110hp – straightforward work horse with a minimum of electronics. The HS delivers 80-120hp and features Power Shuttle transmission, 24 x 24 gear box and, like the full range, is powered by the Zetor engine.
Valtra will launch a new addition to its tractor series, on sale in the UK in early 2020. The F Series, a new vineyard and orchard tractor, comprises four models from 75 to 105hp. Models range from 1.3 to 1.5m wide with standard equipment such as heated and air-conditioned cab.
The F Series comes with a 24-speed transmission, available with either a mechanical or hydraulic forward-reverse shuttle and Powershift. The versatile hydraulics produce from 68 to almost 100 l/min of output depending on the model. The four-cylinder 3.4-litre common rail engine complies with Stage III B emissions regulations for narrow tractors.
A new design for Valtra’s heads up display (HUD) SmartGlass will be on show. This enables the operator to see vital tractor information in the centre of the windscreen. Valtra SmartGlass is based on transparent display technology laminated between two glass surfaces, making it very robust.
The updated Valtra Guide automated steering system will also be on show. Settings now appear in the map screen and can be changed or checked without having to exit the screen. Selecting fields and creating waylines has also been made simpler.
Fendt’s planned line-up for the NEC includes the latest models of proven favourites, including the new 942 tractor that produces well over 400hp from its MAN six-cylinder, 9-litre engine. It is fitted with TA300 vario transmission. Other models on display include 828, 718, 516, 312 and 200 models and the MT 943 tracked tractor.
Visitors will also be able to sample the new Fendt 700 Series cab, or “driving workstation”, using Virtual Reality headsets. The cab is built around two new armrests. It will be available from July 2020.
Fendt is introducing its IDEAL 10 combine harvester to LAMMA, which features a MAN 16.2-litre, 790hp (max), Stage V emissions-compliant engine. The Ideal 10 features a new cleaning system, together with the Dual Helix separator, a combination said to deliver the highest grain quality and the least grain losses. It’s the first combine, in Europe at least, that can be operated without a steering wheel.