On-off rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of farmers attending the Northmec farmers’ day at the Baynesfield Recreational Club in KwaZulu-Natal. And judging by the number of orders secured, the event was a considerable success.
The day started with a presentation to introduce prospective customers to Northmec’s wide range of tractors, implements and equipment. Farmers could then discuss the products with experts in the field, and after lunch, had an opportunity to drive the tractors they were interested in.
Among the products on display were the Magnum 340 Rowtrac, the Lely Welger RP 205 baler and the Farmall JX100 with Case IH L630 loader.
With a combination of front wheels and rear tracks, the 250kW Magnum 340 took the tough, muddy land in its stride. For rowcrops in difficult soil conditions, it could be your best option for getting power to the ground, even when turning.
The system has four points of ground contact, reducing ground pressure and lessening the transfer of weight from front to rear experienced with a normal two-track configuration. Manoeuvrability and handling are comparable to that of a wheeled tractor.
The new multi-control armrest console was designed after consultation with prospective users. Auto-guidance functions, hydraulic flow and other adjustments can be controlled with ease. The touch-screen can be programmed to display the key operating data for the task being carried out at the time.
This is a fixed-chamber round baler that makes uniform, highdensity 1 230mm x 1 250mm bales. It is equipped with the Varionet function for perfect bale coverage. A net reaches over the edges to better secure the bale and prevent air pockets from forming, resulting in better feed quality.
This range is powered by turbocharged, intercooled engines that provide maximum power from less fuel. With up to 30% torque rise, fewer gear changes are required. The JX100 is fitted with a four-cylinder 3,9-litre engine rated at 78kW. It has 425Nm torque at 1 300r/min.
This is compatible with the JX100 tractor, which is available with a hydraulic forward and reverse shuttle.
• Joe Spencer is the mechanisation editor of Farmer’s Weekly.
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