Machinery news: focus on tractors
In this week’s machinery section the main focus is on tractors. If you are thinking of buying some new horsepower, we have all the information you need to make an informed decision in our tractor specification tables.
I had the tough job of driving one of my childhood heroes, the Ford TW 25, comparing it to a modern New Holland T6 180 and trying to decide which one I’d like to drive for a full day.
Fitting auto steer to an older model tractor is a way of moving older machines into the modern world of GPS guidance at a fraction of the cost of buying a new tractor with that technology in place. With the help of an expert, I went through the process of fitting a system.
Barry Cassidy looks at the changes in the tractor market in the last 20 years and what is and was available here in Ireland.
Simon Henley looks at the Massey 600 series tractor which was a firm favourite on Irish farms in the 1980s and still is to this day.
We also have full specification guides for all makes and models of tractors for anyone thinking of buying a new machine. You can find them at the bottom of this article
In news, Valtra has launched an upgraded range, the Claas Easy app gets certified, Deutz-Fahr range topper for 2018 release and plans for Crop & Cultivation are ploughing ahead.
Valtra upgrades range
Valtra is upgrading its tractor range with new models and new technology.
This past week in Holland, the Irish Farmers Journal got a sneak preview of the latest arrivals to the range, which include some new small to medium sized tractors which are likely to be perfectly suited to the Irish market. On the technology front, Valtra has taken a leap forward in its approach.
Next week, we will have a full report on the new range.
Crops & Cultivation
Crops & Cultivation is coming together at a pace, with at least 14 manufacturers already signed up for the cultivation demonstration area and more to come. The static trade stand area is filling up quickly, with all the major manufacturers and dealers represented. Plans are also coming together for a TAMS II (Tillage) workshop where information on all things related to the scheme will be available. Preparation of the site at Oak Park, Co Carlow, will begin this week and will build towards the big day on 28 June.