German handler and Japanese hatchback
This week we test a Schaffer 8620T articulated loader's cleaning-out abilities and get behind the wheel of the diesel Honda Civic.

In this week’s machinery section, we test-drive the Schäffer 8620T. The German-built articulated telescopic loader proved its worth cleaning out a winter fattening shed with more than enough lift capacity and reach to get into the most hard to reach corners.

The 122hp Deutz engine had plenty of power to spin the wheels on the wet concrete and operate the telescopic boom simultaneously.

According to Honda, the latest incarnation of the Civic is the beginning of the fight back for diesel engines.

Alistair Chambers test-drove the restyled hatchback. With 120hp, this car is no slouch and is well able to get up to the speed limit with very little fuss.

Even off road the Civic kept its composure on bumpy country roads. For those looking in the compact car market, it’s worth a look.

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Case IH hopes HoloLens can cut downtime
Tractor maker teams up with Microsoft to test smart glasses for use in technical support.

Case IH is experimenting with smart glasses technology designed by Microsoft in an effort to cut downtime for machine operators. This technology is known as the HoloLens.

Mixed reality

The HoloLens allows for heads-up, hands-free video calling, image sharing and mixed reality annotations. Once a machine operator is connected to the internet, they can be directly put in contact with a service technician.

According to Microsoft, these smart glasses contain more computing power than the average laptop. In addition, they do not require any connection to a phone or PC.

Built-in cameras

The advantage of this technology is that the service technician on the other end of the line can see everything the operator can see through a series of built-in infrared cameras.

Using this technology, service technicians may be able to pinpoint any problems and explain to the operator how to resolve the issue, thus saving the technician having to call out to the field and reducing downtime.

If successful, this will be a huge step forward for the industry. However, this is still just in a test stage. Case IH is currently running this experiment in Germany and Spain.

A month-long tractor journey and new combines in Austria

In this week’s machinery pages, we catch up with the latest news in the machinery industry including a Kilkenny man who recently set off on a 1,500km month-long journey around Ireland on his Ferguson 20 tractor to raise organ donor awareness.

With farmers’ attention beginning to switch to sowing catch crops, I travelled to Wexford to take a look at a machine that seemed to tick all the boxes.

In vintage, I visit Galway vintage enthusiast Eddie Noone who informed me of how he unknowingly bought back a tractor his father spent so many years operating in his local forest.

In motoring, Alistair Chambers found his experience in the quirky-designed Citroën C4 Cactus Flair 130 to be extremely comfortable and fuel efficient.

New Holland introduces CR7.80 and first Stage V models
According to New Holland, the new CR7.80 and the existing CR7.90 are the first to comply with Stage V emissions standards.

New Holland has recently announced the news that it will be extending its CR combine range to include the CR7.80. The new model will be powered by a Cursor 9 Common Rail engine with an output of up to 415hp.

The new model is fitted with a 750-litre fuel tank, a 9,500-litre grain tank and an unloading speed of 126 litres/second.

Reduction of particulate matter

According to New Holland, “the new CR7.80 and the existing CR7.90, are the first to comply with Stage V emissions standards, which mandate a further 40% reduction of particulate matter content compared with previous Stage IV regulation”.

The new emission limits are achieved with the Cursor 9 engine and the new HI-eSCR2 technology developed by FPT Industrial.

These engines are EGR-free.