NZFarmer : January 19th 2010
12 Straight Furrow • January 19, 2010 FarmMachinery NEW Holland has once again proven its reputa- tion for technical ingenu- ity with awards presented to the company by the judges at the 2009 Agritechnica machinery show. The awards, which recognise technical innovation with practi- cal benefits on production, have been bestowed on the FR9000 forage harvester's IntelliFill sys- tem and the ABS SuperSteer for the T7000 series tractors. Receiving a Gold medal, Agritechnica's highest award, the FR9000's IntelliFill system allows the operator to fill a trail- er accurately and with minimal losses, even when visibility is limited. Following a front-to-rear or rear-to-front pattern, the auto- matic trailer tracking system uses a specialised 3D camera mounted under the spout to guide the crop flow into the trail- e r. The system ensures a uniform fill whether the trailer is along- side the forage harvester, or fol- lowing, in the case of starting new fields. The system can accu- rately control the crop flow tra- jectory even when operating at night. The spout-mounted sensor creates a distance image of the trailer and its surroundings, based on NIR (near infra red) technology. Unlike conventional mono or stereo camera systems, which have poor depth perception, the New Holland tracking system can accurately position the crop flow to a distance of 20m. The system can operate in con- junction with any trailer without the need to calibrate or adjust to recognise any new trailer. This allows the operator to automatically control the posi- tion of the spout and to consis- tently fill any type of trailer. The driver benefits from improved operating comfort and safety and is able to concentrate on the front of the machine and increasing work rate. During long working days, and even in the dark, the automatic spout guidance will consistently reduce spoilage of crop, thus increasing the overall quality of work of the for- age harvester. Anti-lock braking sys- tems for cars and trucks are now commonplace. But the added complications of heavy mounted articulated equipments, uneven terrain and a huge amount of variation in traction conditions, even from wheel to wheel, means that an effective antilock braking system for tractors requires more advanced development. New Holland has won a silver award for its ABS SuperSteer -- a smart application of ABS technology to tractors, which not only offers confident stop- ping power with increased safe- ty, but also increases tractor manoeuvrability and improves safety when operating on steep hills. ABS SuperSteer uses ABS tech- nology to manage each wheel's brake individually. This new feature will be avail- able on current and future New Holland high power, high speed tractors like the T7000 Auto Command. ABS SuperSteer will enable a new generation of 60kph-capa- ble, front-axle suspension trac- tors to achieve an outstanding level of field agility and comfort- able ride control. New Holland's pioneering SuperSteer axle remains avail- able on New Holland's range of tractors from 40 to 325hp but is limited to a top speed of 40kph. Using a single foot pedal, the ABS SuperSteer allows the trac- tor to be steered by the brakes. Two orange pedal extensions either side of a single pedal replace the conventional, inde- pendent two-pedal arrangement. At low speed, this provides the driver with the same single- wheel steering as a conven- tional tractor, but automati- cally disables at higher speeds to prevent accidental applica- tion. The ABS SuperSteer function includes tyre slip control and automatic coupling with the steering angle. This allows the tractor to per- form tight turning manoeuvres without driver intervention on brakes by pivoting on a braked rear wheel, reducing the turning circle to that of a tractor fitted with a SuperSteer front axle. A driver-selectable amount of slip on the pivoting wheel is allowed to prevent soil damage. The hill holder function improves tractor control on slopes, automatically engaging the brakes to prevent the machine rolling back during hill starts and easing clutch engage- ment. For more information contact your local New Holland dealer or CB Norwood Distributors Limited, 06 356-4920, email newholland- email@example.com or visit www.newholland.co.nz FARMGARD'S new pre-ripper is the "ultimate tool on hard going", says South Canterbury contractor Stu McIntosh. "I really recommend it -- it's a great machine that allows farmers to get the most out of their cultivation programme." The pre-ripper is designed to fit most common makes and models of power har- rows, spikes rotors and rotary hoes. It breaks up hard pans and aerates soil with ease and allows cultivating in a single pass which saves tractor hours, fuel, time, and wear and tear on other implements. McIntosh farms deer, sheep and cattle and runs a contracting business, Pine Line Deer Contracting at Cave, near Timaru, pro- viding direct drilling, mowing, hay, baleage and fencing services. He has well and truly put the Farmgard pre-ripper to the test. He helped the company trial its three original prototypes and has worked with the final design of the machine all season on the front of his Celli Spikes Rotor which is also from Farmgard. "I've done about 250 hours with the machine and have found that it definitely speeds up the per hectare rate when work- ing the ground. I was travelling at 1.5 km/hour on some fodder beet country where the cattle had compacted the ground, but when I put the pre-ripper on I was able to speed up to 4km/hour." McIntosh has used the machine exten- sively to break up cow compaction on kale country. "It rips into old turfy pasture and loosens the ground before the spike rotor hits it. The two pieces of machinery work very well in combination." With a height adjustable feature suiting ground conditions up to 200mm deep and adjustable linkage positioning, the seven leg ripper can be aligned perfectly in front of the cultivator to leave behind the perfect seedbed. "The finish is a slightly coarser seedbed that will not blow away," he said. The simple and robust design with high- wearing ripper teeth and a strong, solid frame means that the machine requires lit- tle maintenance. "It is very strong and well made with dig- ger bucket points that don't wear out quick- ly like plough shears." McIntosh has been surprised by the ease with which the pre-ripper works on hills. He said it was safer than operating a culti- vator on its own under these conditions. "It is relatively lightweight, with no addi- tional horsepower required to pull it during hill work. "Another advantage is that the pre-ripper can be left on the cultivator even when it is not required. "The shear pins can simply be taken out so that the pre-ripper's legs float. "This saves it having to be constantly taken off the cultivator then re-attached." McIntosh said that after his extensive testing he would have no hesitation in rec- ommending the Farmgard Pre-Ripper to other farmers and contractors. "It seems to work well in front of any spike rotor, maxi-till or grubber and it saves both time and money for the farmer. It's a very good machine." The new pre-ripper is designed to fit most common makes and models of harrows. New pre-ripper --- getting the most out of cultivation The T7000 SuperSteer series. 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