Irish machinery companies ramp up for LAMMA 2017

LAMMA, which is now claimed to be the UK’s largest farm machinery show, takes place next week at The East of England Showground, Peterborough.

The two day event will run from 7:30am until 5pm on Wednesday, January 18 and from 7:30am until 4:30pm on Thursday, January 19.

There will be a significant cohort of Irish companies among the 900 or so exhibitors at this year’s show.

The list includes Abbey Machinery, Conor Engineering, Cross Agricultural Engineering, Fleming Agri Products, Hi-Spec Engineering and JMC Parts.

Other Irish companies such as Keenan, Major Equipment, Malone Farm Machinery, McHale, NC Engineering, SAMCO, Slurykat, Smyth Trailers and Tanco Autowrap will also be in attendance.

The outdoor event is free to attend, meaning there is no requirement to register beforehand and there is also free car parking on-site.

Highlights at next week’s event will include the new McCormick X8 VT Drive range, which will be officially unveiled at the show.

It features BetaPower engines with outputs of 264 horsepower, 286 horsepower and 310 horsepower. Other key features include CVT transmissions and integral front linkage/PTO.

McCormick X8 VT Drive
The McCormick X8 VT Drive will make its official debut at LAMMA.

McCormick will also showcase its latest 152hp X7.650 PS-Drive, which boosts to a maximum of 160hp. It comes with either a 24×24 or 40×40 semi-powershift transmission.

Bobcat will launch a new TL34.65HF telescopic handler at LAMMA, it boasts a maximum lift capacity of 3.4t and a maximum lift height of 6.42m.

In Bobcat language, HF stands for ‘High Flow’, which refers to the machine’s 190 l/min load-sensing pump and flow sharing system.

This, according to the company, allows the operator to work at significantly lower engine speeds, consume less fuel and benefit from shorter working cycles.

Bobcat TL34.65HF
The new Bobcat TL34.65HF boasts a maximum lift capacity of 3.4t.

To prevent unnecessary oil heating and power loss, the load-sensing pump is designed to supply oil only when hydraulic power is required.

Manufactured at the company’s plant at Pontchateau in France, the new machine comes with a standard three year warranty.

Meanwhile, the show will provide the first opportunity for many contractors to see the Vicon FastBale.

This non-stop round baler-wrapper combination integrates a pre-chamber with a main chamber and a wrapper. The two chambers are arranged in series, allowing a number of rollers to be shared.

Vicon FastBale
Vicon’s FastBale promises non-stop round baling.

Operating as a pre-chamber, the first section of FastBale produces two-thirds of the bale. As the pre-chamber reaches its preset density, crop flow is diverted into the main bale chamber allowing baling to continue non-stop.