||Farm Machinery Journal Issue 56 December 2019
FIELD TEST: When a new John Deere 8400R turned up on FMJ's test farm we pulled out our most demanding trial yet to push the tractor to its limit, but would it cope?
FIRST IMPRESSION: Has a new Massey Ferguson Delta 9380 combine done enough to convince loyal Claas operators they made the right decision?
FIRST IMPRESSION: The new Krone BiG X 1180 may have stolen the headlines for its 1156hp V12 engine, but there's more to this monster forager, as FMJ discovered.
FIRST IMPRESSION: It's been a long wait but we've finally got inside the cab of a working Fendt 940 Vario MT. Here's how it compares to the Challenger it replaced.
MODERN FARMING: A look at the latest kit and trends shows just how far ploughing has come.
RUNNING REPORT: After 7000 hours of hard work, this John Deere 6150R is still performing.
RUNNING REPORT: A move to maize saw an ex-demo Pottinger Aerosem join a Cheshire fleet.
RUNNING REPORT: Can a Kubota RTV-X900 cope with the demands of a livestock farm?
OPINION: With his degree complete, here's what William Hitchcock plans to do next.
PICK-UP, 4x4 & ATV NEWS: The latest farm vehicles unveiled.
WORKING VEHICLE: FMJ puts the Can-Am Outlander ATV through a demanding off-road test.
USED BUYING GUIDE: What to look for when buying a used Kubota ME-9000 tractor.
HYBRID DIESEL ENGINES: Could an electric telehandler be a reality? Here's one solution from Deutz.
AUXILIARY BELT CHANGE: Here's how to change the front-end drive belt on a John Deere 6520 tractor.
CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: The latest merchandise for a machinery lover's stocking this Christmas.
GAME CHANGERS: How Ford's factory in Dagenham inspired modern tractor production.
||Farm Machinery Journal Issue 55 November 2018
FIELD TEST: FMJ speaks to three operators running New Holland combines to find out what makes the rotary CR range so popular in the UK.
FIRST IMPRESSION: Planting maize in Wales with a Vaderstad Tempo V high-speed precision drill.
FIRST IMPRESSION: Claas has revealed its latest harvesting technology for 2019, including new Tucano Montana combines, Rollant round balers and a new Cebis terminal.
FIRST IMPRESSION: After extensive testing, FMJ caught up with Kverneland's new FastBale round baler at work in Ireland, to find out how the concept works.
EVENT REPORT: Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the Irish National Ploughing Championships every year. Here's why.
FOCUS ON… The latest side-by-side utility vehicles on sale in the UK and Ireland.
MODERN CLASSICS: The pioneers of high-powered articulated tractors uncovered.
FLEET PROFILE: Why a new John Deere 8600 forager and New Holland W170D loader have joined the Dunne Agri fleet.
RUNNING REPORT: Rescued from a scrap yard, here's the rags to riches story of an unloved Walton Eclipse 5668 bale chaser.
RUNNING REPORT: Running a Pottinger Europrofi 5010 Combiline has given this farm control of its silage harvest again.
OPINION: Changes to modern diesel will impact on farmers and contractors, warns the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers.
USED BUYING GUIDE: What to look for when buying a used conventional square baler.
DIESEL ENGINE TECH: Understanding the sophisticated components in Stage V diesel engines.
GAME CHANGERS: How the Johnson's Engineering elevator-digger changed potato harvests.
||FREE Forestry Machinery magazine
NEW PRODUCTS: FORWARDERS & HARVESTERS: A round-up of the latest forestry forwarders and harvesters that have been recently launched in the market
EVENT PREVIEW: APF SHOW 2018: When, where, and what to see at the leading British forestry show, scheduled to take place in Warwickshire from 20-22 September.
GROUND PREPARATION: AHWI MULCHER: Forestry Machinery went to see this heavy-duty tracked mulcher being used to prepare land for planting on a country estate in Essex.
RUNNING REPORT: IRISH HARVESTING: Operators give their verdicts on four timber harvesters working in Ireland, including EcoLog, John Deere, Komatsu and Ponsse.
CONVERTED EXCAVATOR: VOLVO EC140: A leading UK owner-operator shows us around his customised forestry-spec excavator.
WINCHING SYSTEMS: ECOFORST T-WINCH: We report on the use of a T-Winch on a tricky project in Scotland.
SITE VISIT: TOTTENHAM TIMBER: The developing trend of exporting Irish pulpwood to mainland UK.
CLASSIC FORESTRY: TIMBER SKIDDER: Roadless Logmaster was the world’s first fully hydrostatic timber skidder.
||Farm Machinery Journal Issue 54 October 2018
FIELD TEST: FMJ puts the brand-new Kramer 447 telehandler through its paces in a tough on-farm test in Warwickshire.
FIRST IMPRESSION: The John Deere 9000-Series self-propelled forager harvesters have launched. FMJ got to see them in wholecrop, grass and maize.
FIRST IMPRESSION: Case IH has revealed its latest 250-Series Axial-Flow combines, including the flagship 9250 harvester.FMJ went to see them working.
FIRST IMPRESSION: At work with a front-mounted rake from Italian maker Abimac, working with a Fendt tractor and balertures.
FOCUS ON… The latest 14t wheel loaders on sale in the UK and Ireland.
FLEET PROFILE: Scottish farmers Hay Farms have added two Case IH Quadtracs to their fleet to work alongside tractors from Fendt, JCB and John Deere.
RUNNING REPORT: After nine years running a Claas 820 forager, Yorkshire farmers G.A. Turnbull & Son upgraded to a Claas Jaguar 850 Speedstar. Here's why.
RUNNING REPORT: Man-and-tractor operator Mike Jones explains why a John Deere 7530 is the perfect do-it-all tractor.
OPINION: The Agricultural Engineers Association explains why machinery manufacturers are feeling uncertain about Brexit.
USED BUYING GUIDE: What to look for when buying a used New Holland TM175 & TM190.
CULTIVATOR POINTS: How to get the maximum life from your metal after the long, hot summer.
TYRE TECHNOLOGY: Just as modern tractor tyres have evolved, so have those on other machines.
GAME CHANGERS: How the Doe Triple-D tandem tractor paved the way for four-wheel drive articulated tractors in the UK.
||Farm Machinery Journal Issue 53 September 2018
FIELD TEST: FMJ gets behind the wheel of a John Deere 7290R tractor to find out how it performs on draft duties.
FIRST IMPRESSION: The Case IH Quadtrac 620 is now Ireland's most powerful tractor but can it handle the country's tough conditions?
FIRST IMPRESSION: The American-built Bale Band-It 200 has transformed the way bales are collected and it's proving a hit in the UK.
EVENT REPORT: The latest kit on show at Scotland's Royal Highland Show.
FOCUS ON... The latest 14t trailers explored, including Fleming, Marshall, Richard Western, Warwick and more.
BEHIND THE SCENES: A closer look at Irish manufacturer Conor Engineering's biggest tanker yet.
FLEET PROFILE: The McCormick X5 and X7 tractors that replaced the fleet of a loyal Massey Ferguson operator.
RUNNING REPORT: The quest for an affordable forage harvester saw Yorkshire farmer Edward Brook invest in a New Holland FX50.
RUNNING REPORT: Scottish potato grower Jimmy Reid shows FMJ round his Fendt 720 Vario, fitted with Michelin AgriBib tyres.
RUNNING REPORT: The first John Deere 9RX in Scotland has been delivered. Here's why it was bought and how it's performed so far.
OPINION: Why the National Association of Agricultural Contractors is offering its members free health and safety advice.
USED BUYING GUIDE: What to look for when buying a second-hand self-propelled sprayer.
TRAILER TECHNOLOGY: The developments that have brought farm trailers into the 21st century.
GUIDE TO CROP SENSORS: What they are, how they work, who sells them and the benefits for your farm.
GAME CHANGERS: How Knight Farm Machinery's first self-propelled sprayer became a benchmark for the industry.
||Farm Machinery Journal Issue 52 August 2018
BIG PICTURE: Krone BiG M self-propelled mower in action with a Somerset contractor.
FIELD TEST: The new Väderstad Tempo L18-row drill, with a working width of nine metres, is put to work in Warwickshire.
FIRST IMPRESSION: How the Keltec round bale chaser could save you a load of time when collecting bales from the field.
FIRST IMPRESSION: An end of season report on the Holmer Exxact T4-40 beet harvester at work in Yorkshire with Robert Todd
EVENT REPORT: The latest Irish kit on show at this year's Grass & Muck event in Ireland
FOCUS ON: The latest 500cc quad bikes squaring up in the ATV market, including Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and more
MODERN CLASSICS: In the first of a new series, FMJ looks at the John Deere 7010 Series.
BEHIND THE SCENES: Travelling across South Africa with McCormick and BKT tyres on the arduous XTractor overland expedition.
vFLEET PROFILE: On a hunt for affordable power found the Evans family in possession of two iconic tracked tractors.
RUNNING REPORT: Alan Gresswell talks us through the decision to replace a wheeled Case IH Magnum with the half-track Rowtrac.
RUNNING REPORT: Why the purchase of a McConnel Twincut flailhead has proved vital for one Northern Irish contractor.
OPINION: It may seem obvious in sport, but alcohol and drug testing also have their place in farming, says Suzannah Robin.
USED BUYING GUIDE: What to look for when buying a used John Deere 7020 tractor.
SQUARE BALER SERVICING: How to make sure your baler is ready for the busy season ahead
GAME CHANGERS: How the New Holland balers of the 1940s and 1950s inspired the modern baling techniques used today.
||Farm Machinery Journal Issue 51 July 2018
Field Test: The New Holland T7.260 takes on our gruelling real-world farm test.
First Impression: Is the 70mph Polaris Ranger UTV up to a tough life on the farm?
First Impression: The new JCB TM420 pivot-steer loader gets stuck in on a muck heap.
First Impression: How a BVL silage block cutter can revolutionise dairy feeding systems.
Focus On… The latest mounted sprayers taking on trailed and self-propelled kit.
Event Report: The machinery highlights of this year's Grassland UK event in Somerset.
Behind the Scenes: FMJ follows Suffolk-born Freddie Gittus as he travels across Australia demonstrating the latest Claas Xerion tractors and Lexion combines.
Fleet profile: Graham Guy balances running a busy dealership with his contracting business, including a fleet of Valtra tractors. Here's how he does it.
Running Report: Keen to avoid getting caught up in brand hype, Richard Baugh went looking for a good deal but has his Deutz-Fahr 5130 been a succesful purchase?
Running Report: A pair of Massey Ferguson 4707s have made quite an impact on Michael Farrington's mixed farm, but do they live up to MF's reputation for yard tractors?
Opinion: As the development of electric vehicles continues at pace, Simone Bruckner explains the latest advances.
Used Buying Guide: What to look for when buying a used Claas Jaguar 900 tractor.
Testing Trailer Brakes: How to make sure your trailers meet the legal requirements for road use.
Mid-Season Servicing: Expert advice to keep your sprayer running smoothly as its workload ramps up.
Game Changers: How the simple and efficient Hydra-Shift transmission from David Brown revolutionised tractor gearboxes.
||Farm Machinery Journal Issue 50 June 2018
First Impression: FMJ visited a new Vervaet Q616 sugar beet harvester at work in Yorkshire to find out more about the machine.
First Impression: Siloking has leapt into the electric machine market with its eTruck mixer wagon. FMJ went to Germany to see one.
First impression: There are 11 models in Krone's BiG X forage harvester line-up. We got up close with the latest BiG X 770 model.
Event Report: As Massey Ferguson celebrates 60 years of tractor manufacturing, here are the latest models to wear the iconic badge.
Focus On… Five self-propelled forage harvesters from 625hp to 653hp.
Modern Farming: As technology continues to take over daily life, has the Internet of Things improved Keenan's InTouch service and the efficiency of feeding livestock?
Fleet profile: Harvesting maize with an Irish contractor and a fleet of Deutz-Fahr tractors and a Claas Jaguar 860 self-propelled forage harvester.
Running Report: Although the experience with his JCB 419S was shortlived, contractor Dick Barnes doesn't have a bad word to say about the wheeled loader.
Running Report: Cheshire contractor Edward Houghton wanted a drill to manage challenging conditions. Was the Lemken Saphir 7 the solution?
Opinion: Soil health is improving, but it could be better says Agrovista's technical manager Chris Martin. Here's how.
Used Buying Guide: What to look for when buying a used McCormick XTX tractor.
Cummins Engines: How the legendary engine manufacturer is approaching the future.
Silage Season Tips: Expert advice on how to prepare your forage harvester to go to work.
Game Changers: How the humble Braydozer paved the way for the agricultural loaders of today using simple hydraulic control.
||Farm Machinery Journal Issue 49 May 2018
Field Test: FMJ put the new JCB 403 compact loader to work in a series of gruelling farm tests. Here's how it performed.
First Impression: New Holland has fitted a new CVT transmission to its T9 tractor with some impressive results.
First Impression: The long-awaited McCormick X8 has landed in the UK. Here's our early verdict after an exclusive first drive.
First Impression: Sprayer manufacturer Agrifac has been showing off its latest tech. FMJ went to the Netherlands to find out more.
Event report: Twelve self-propelled sprayers in a field. But which one would you choose?
Modern Farming: The slurry tanker manufacturers competing for a share of the UK market.
Focus On… John Deere may not still build telehandlers but that hasn't slowed their popularity. Here's why they're in demand.
Fleet Profile: Why an Irish fleet relies on a team of Deutz-Fahr tractors for maize establishment and harvesting operations.
Running Report: An imported Versatile 435 wheeled tractor proved cheaper than rival machines, but was it worth buying?
Running Report: After adding a Landini 4-075 to his fleet, is this Somerset farmer wishing he'd chosen something with a cab?
Running Report: Months of debating saw the Hughes family purchase a Schäffer 9530T. Here's how it's stood up to four years of hard work on their Cheshire farm
Opinion: Fuel additive specialist Mark Burnett explains how diesel engines could still enjoy a positive future.
Used Buying Guide: What to look for when buying a used rear discharge muck spreader.
Tuning a JCB Fastrac: Can a 260hp tractor really be tuned to 380hp without any problems?
Get Ready for Grass: Expert advice on how to prepare mowers for the cutting season ahead.
Game Changers: How Renault revolutionised tractor comfort with its pioneering Hydrostable cab suspension concept.
||Farm Machinery Journal Issue 48 April 2018
BIG PICTURE: We couldn't get a fleet of 37 John Deeres in a field, but here's three of them.
FIELD TEST: FMJ joined A&R Cramphorn as they put their brand-new Vredo VT7028 to work with a 24m Bomech boom.
FIRST IMPRESSION: An Irish farm chose a new Weidemann 5080T loader but has it been a worthwhile investment?
FIRST IMPRESSION: The New Holland methane tractor is a step closer to production and could be yours in just three years.
FIRST IMPRESSION: French sprayer manufacturer Berthoud has been showing off its latest kit. FMJ went to France to find out more.
FOCUS ON: Why high-capacity trailed muck spreaders keep growing in size and sales.
MODERN FARMING: The sprayer tech helping to improve efficacy, efficiency and accuracy.
FOCUS ON: As John Deere celebrates 100 years of tractors in 2018, FMJ looks back on some of its best models so far.
FLEET PROFILE: How R&R Mills Contractors Ltd uses three John Deere 8R tractors to do the work of one giant tracked machine.
RUNNING REPORT: It may not have been the cheapest to buy, but for one Irish farm the John Deere 6115M offers unbeatable value.
RUNNING REPORT: Is a John Deere 5720 a smart used buy? This 12-year-old, ex-dairy farmer's tractor suggests it could be.
OPINION: John Deere product marketing manager Mark James explains why some of the older tractors are still his favourites.
USED BUYING GUIDE: What to look for and how much to pay for a used Case IH MXU tractor.
PREPARE A MAIZE DRILL: How to ensure you're ready to do drilling without any costly breakdowns.
FIT SPRAYER LIGHTS: How to install an LED boom lighting system on your sprayer.
GAME CHANGERS: How the Vicon Vari Spreader introduced an entirely new concept in precision distribution.
||Farm Machinery Journal Issue 47 March 2018
Field Test: FMJ put the flagship Manitou MLT 741-140 V+ Elite through its paces during the machine's first UK real-world farm test.
First Impression: After years of development, the Anglo-French Sly Agri Boss drill has been put through its paces on British soil.
First Impression: The latest Gregoire Besson RWY6 five-furrow plough has been trialled in Ireland. Here's the verdict.
First Impression: Saying goodbye to Challenger as AGCO pulls the plug on its time in Europe.
Focus: On…Why more farms are turning to long-term hire to keep fleets up-to-date.
Fleet profile: How a Yorkshire farm combines a busy arable operation with road haulage.
Behind the Scenes: FMJ joins New Holland as it traces its UK heritage to celebrate 100 years.
Running Report: How a Kubota M128GX II Vision managed to infiltrate a fleet of John Deere tractors, and stay there for good.
Running Report: After much deliberation a JCB TM320S found its way onto a Cheshire farm, but was it the right decision?
Opinion: Independent grain consultant Richard Whitlock explains what last year's harvests mean for the grain marketBuying.
Used Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a used Claydon drillchnical.
Improve Farm Safety: Make your workplace a safer place and reduce the risk of accidents in 2018.
Precision Farming: Having already worked out how to improve accuracy, here's what is needed to vary inputs to match soil and crops.
Game Changers: How Allis-Chalmers' Model B introduced a whole new way of farming with its revolutionary compact tractor.
||Farm Machinery Journal Issue 46 February 2018
Field Test: FMJ went to Lincolnshire to see the new Versatile DeltaTrack DT610 at work.
First impression: Agrifac has launched a new trailed sprayer. We took a closer look.
First impression: Horsch has launched a number of new products for 2018. Here they are.
First impression: On farm with Hi-Spec's new demount trailer-tank combination.
First impression: Venieri has a new compact pivot loader and it's got its sights set on the UK.
Modern Farming: Why two very different dairy farms are using a zero grazing system.
Focus On… The latest machinery to improve your beet logistics and make harvest operations more efficient.
Fleet profile: FMJ visits a Warwickshire biogas plant to find out why they've moved to harvesting maize with a combine.
Event Preview: 10 machinery highlights of this year's LAMMA show at Peterborough.
Running Report: How a Krone MX 350 GD forage wagon helped one contractor to boost his slurry and muck contracting business.
Running Report: What makes the ArmaTrac 1104 tractor such good value for money? FMJ asked an Irish stock farmer to find out.
Opinion: Hertfordshire farmer Stuart Roberts explains why he is implementing new steps to make his farm a safer placeBuying.
Used Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a used BvL V-Mix feeder wagonTechnical.
Auger refurbishment: How an Irish company can bring a new lease of life to tired augers on feeders, combines and foragers.
EU Mother Regulations: What they are, what they mean, and the impact they'll have on the tractors and machinery you buy this year.
Workshop Tools: Essential yard and workshop equipment to keep your fleet running.
Game Changers: How steam ploughing made a vital contribution to the mechanisation of farming for over 100 years in the UK.
||Farm Machinery Journal Issue 45 January 2018
Head to Head: With road rules changing, can the 90kph Unimog offer a better package than its high-speed JCB Fastrac rival?
Event report: The best new kit at Agritechnica, the largest indoor machine show on earth.
Event Preview: Why LAMMA is still the perfect stage for British manufacturers.
Fleet profile: FMJ visits a Cambridgeshire contractor with a fleet of 20 JCBs, from an early Fastrac 145 to a new 8330.
Modern Farming: After successfully using a robotic tractor, Harper Adams University took an old combine and made it driverless.
Running Report: Why a Northern Irish farmer chose a new McHale Pro Glide R3100 mower.
Opinion: Engineering consultant Alex Woodrow explains why diesel engines will have a long future in off-highway roles.
Used Buying Guide: What to look for and how much to pay for a used Fendt 514 tractor.
Modify your tractor: Eight easy ways to make your pride and joy stand out from the crowd.
Get an Electric Boost: Rolls-Royce has developed a new electric turbo to completely eliminate lag on its MTU engines. Here's how it works.
Game Changers: How the John Deere 6000 Series changed the way tractors were built using a modular construction.