Vaderstad to display Spirit R 300S drill
Vaderstad will be displaying their 3m Spirit drill alongside its new double steel runner soil packer for its range of Carrier XL disc cultivators at this year’s show. Peter Thomas Keaveney reports.

The main attraction on the Väderstad stand will be its latest drill, a 3m Spirit R 300S with 125mm row spacing. This drill has been redesigned from the ground up and includes new developments such as E-Control and Gateway.

The Spirit R is equipped with Väderstad’s System Disc Aggressive. The front tool has conical 450mm discs, providing intensive soil cultivation. The machine runs straight behind the tractor as the discs are mounted in an X pattern. The working depth can be adjusted from the control panel in the cab.

The drill frame’s central beam allows for easy access for service or adjustments. It is equipped with offset support wheels with large 400/55-15.5 radial tyres.

A new corrosion-resistant 2,800l seed hopper with an integrated fan is manufactured from rotational moulded plastic. This can be filled and emptied from a working platform located at the side of the seed hopper.

The machine has a new electrical feed system, called Fenix III. The system can handle seed rates from 1kg-500kg/ha at speeds up to 15km/h. With two distributor heads, it means half the machine can be switched off.

Seed placement is achieved with a 380mm, offset V-disc and 380x65mm consolidation wheels. Following harrows are available in two versions, a light version with harrow tines on each seed unit or a centrally suspended following harrow. Following harrows and coulter pressure are controlled from the operator panel with active regulation of the set value.

Double soil packer

Väderstad will also be displaying its new Double SteelRunner soil packer for its range of Carrier XL disc cultivators at the show.

The adjustable Double SteelRunner is already established on the TopDown and is now available to the Carrier range through the XL models, complementing the existing Double SoilRunner and SteelRunner packer options.

The range has options of 51cm and 61cm diameter notched edged discs respectively, available in 425-625 working widths. The adjustable working angle of the discs allows the cultivator to slice up the soil across the full working width and depth.

The discs are interchangeable between Carrier models. Other tools including the straw harrow, CrossCutter Knife and CrossBoard can also be fitted. Working depth is adjustable from the cab.

The machine has a transport width of 3m and a transport height of 4m, while it has a working width of over 6m.

Contractors aim for 5% charges lift
The Association of Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI) has published its Contracting Charges Guide for 2019.

The Association of Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI) has published its Contracting Charges Guide for 2019.

FCI is satisfied that this averaged price guide will act as a fair and reasonable guide for both contractors and farmers.

However, it must be remembered this is only a guide.

These guide figures are produced on an annual basis and are compiled by collating an average figure for each operation from a panel of FCI contractor members from across Ireland.

Because of the local differences, the actual guide charge may vary considerably between regions, across soil types, distance travelled, size of contract undertaken, size and type of equipment used as well as the amount of product spread.

This year sees contractors quoting a 5% increase in charges, rounded off in order to meet with the increases in costs of machinery and higher labour costs since the start of 2019.

Helpful

FCI chief executive officer Michael Moroney said: “FCI always advocates working out individual charges based on the cost of the operation; this guide is helpful to both contractors and farmers in highlighting a national average.”

Costs such as depreciation, finance costs and machinery purchase costs will transcend all regions.

Claasy beefed-up Torion impresses punters
Claas exhibited the Torion 1410 wheeled loader near the parade arena coupled with a large silage fork at the show.

The Torion is the first wheeled loader from Claas to be specifically designed for agricultural use.

It represents a new market sector for Claas and the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show marks its second public outing in Ireland.

The Torion is a collaboration with Liebherr, the German crane and loader giant.

The range includes 10 models with load capacities from 3.45t up to 12.4t.

The 1410 on display is powered by a four-cylinder Deere Power Systems (DPS) engine capable of turning out 155hp.

The 1410 on display is powered by a four-cylinder Deere Power Systems (DPS) engine capable of turning out 155hp.

This loader has a tipping load capacity of 9,100kg and an operating weight of 13,900kg.

Its 40km/h VariPower hydrostatic transmission features three ranges: 0–6km/h, 0–16km/h and 0–40km/h.

Will we see some of these wheeled loaders in an Irish agricultural contractor’s fleet this year?

Mean green stylish Deere attracts punters' attention
John Deere had an impressive stand at the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show but the 9600i forager stole the show.

John Deere showcased two 9600i foragers. The scale and new design features meant they attracted a lot of attention at the show.

The 9600i model is powered by a 625hp, 13.5-litre six-cylinder John Deere PSX engine, while the three larger models in the range are powered by a V12 Liebherr engine.

The 9600i model is powered by a 625hp, 13.5-litre six-cylinder John Deere PSX engine

The new forager range has a reinforced drivetrain and an improved mainframe.

The machines are also fitted with a larger crop channel with a width of 850mm, allowing them to handle a higher throughput.

The harvester is equipped with John Deere’s fully automatic ProDrive transmission.

The machine comes with a choice of 40, 48, 56 or 64 knives. It has a fuel tank capacity of 1,100 litres.

The machine comes with a choice of 40, 48, 56, or 64 knives.

The new 9000 Series foragers feature the latest forage harvesting technology.

According to John Deere, the new series will provide customers with 10% more productivity while consuming 10% less fuel, in comparison to John Deere’s current higher-spec machines.