Farmer turns to Kramer after loader was stolen
The little Kramer can raise loads of 1200kg up 4.3m.
HALL Farm near Reading has taken delivery of a Kramer mini telehandler for cleaning, feeding and handling tasks in confined spaces after the farm’s previous skid steer loader was stolen. Supplied by local dealer Southern Harvesters, the Kramer 1245 now forms part of the farm’s extensive fleet of equipment and is being used seven days a week. Hall Farm’s dairy unit manager said: “Besides being highly versatile, the Kramer can pretty much manage
Hall Farm’s making the best of a bad situation – one of its skid steer loaders was stolen, so now they are using a new Kramer 1245.
Power for the 1245 comes from a 40hp Yanmar diesel.
80% of the jobs carried out by our large telehandler, which is impressive for such a small machine.” Powered by a 40hp Yanmar diesel engine, driving all four wheels via a hydrostatic
transmission, the 1245 has a lateral engine position, allwheel steering and centrally located boom arm. It measures 2.92m in length by 1.56m wide. It can lift 1200kg to a maximum height of 4.30m.
Alastair’s going online to give farming survival tips SPECIALIST advice and expert guidance is now available online for owners and operators of New Holland equipment. The firm has launched its own online community dedicated to the agricultural world, www.mynewholland.com A spokesman for the firm said: “My New Holland offers all the functionalities of a virtual community, providing a meeting place to share information, experiences and opinions on topics related to farming and machinery. “The feature that will make My New Holland stand out from other online communities is called ‘the Special’. A guest expert – a recognised authority in his specialty – will be invited to hold a discussion on a topic of his choice that is relevant to the farming industry. “All My New Holland members will be invited to contribute their comments, opinions, material or images, driving the conversation forward with the guest expert. Topics will cover everything from conservation agriculture to efficient farming practices. “Each discussion will be open for a
number of weeks; subsequently a white paper will be produced and made available for downloading.” He said that the first ‘Special’ would involve Alastair Brooks. “Alastair is farm manager at Waddesdon Estate and winner of the Farmers Weekly 2010 Farm Manager of the Year award,” he said. “He makes the case for farmers joining environmental schemes in the first My New Holland Special. It’s about the survival of farming businesses, according to Alastair, whose unimpeachable credentials as a businessman are backed by his latest venture, where he turned Waddesdon Estate around in just four years. “He’s introduced new cultivation strategies and a new cropping policy, as well as constantly looking for new ways to make the estate ‘profitable to the max’. “Participation in environmental schemes is also about the sustainable intensification of agriculture: farms are part of an ecosystem, and farming practices that aim to intensify crop production through the management of biodiversity and ecosystem
Farm manager Alastair Brooks will be the first My New Holland ‘Special’ to appear online.
services will ultimately deliver growth that is sustainable in the longer term.” Owners of New Holland equipment can also gain access to extra premium content that will help them get the best from their machines. They can register the machines they own in their profile and download their models’ operator manuals and useful material from the training courses.
Put your combine up on blocks, says tyre specialist SPENDING a few minutes checking combine tyres after harvest and preparing them correctly before putting the machine into storage could result in big savings for farmers, according to Mitas Tyres. The Norfolk based company recommends taking the wheels off combines when they’re not in use and putting the vehicle up on blocks.
Mitas UK automotive engineering manager Ron Wood said: “Replacing combine tyres is very expensive and so it makes sense to look after them correctly. “A key part of the process is to ensure that tyres are stored correctly between harvests, because this will maximise their life, avoid costly failures and minimise unplanned downtime
at a critical time of the year. “During the nine or 10 months when the machine is not being used it should ideally be supported on blocks to take the load off the tyres, which should have their inflation pressure reduced to 0.7 Bar. If it is not possible to store the combine under those conditions, inflating the tyres to their normal operating pressure will prevent flat spots from developing when the machine is static for long periods. “Pressures should also be checked periodically and, if possible, the combine moved slightly to rotate the tyres, so that the weight rests on a different part of the circumference,” he said. “Tyres should also be protected from direct sunlight by storing the machine in a closed, dark barn, but if that is not possible then each one should be fitted with an opaque cover to prevent light from degrading the rubber. “Combine tyres do not tend to ‘wear out’ in the conventional sense and can have a very long service life. Most still have plenty of tread remaining even when they actually need replacing, so potential problems often go unnoticed.
“However, any shortfalls in the tyres’ integrity will be quickly exposed when the machine is used again due to flexing of the sidewalls, so it is important to check them carefully for signs of excess wear, damage and incorrect operation. “Punctures and accidental damage are the most common reasons for replacement, but older combine tyres often have to be withdrawn from service because of ageing cracks, which are caused by ozone in the atmosphere attacking the rubber compound and causing it to degrade.” He said this was particularly the case on farms in coastal areas. “Although ageing cracks, particularly those in the sidewall, may appear quite narrow and shallow, they can quickly become wide and deep with flexing in service, leading to gradual pressure loss or even sudden failure. In this case the tyres should be replaced as soon as possible with ones that match or exceed the manufacturer’s original specification.” For more information contact Mitas Tyres Limited, Unit 6, Bergen Way, North Lynn Industrial Estate, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE30 2JG or call 01553 817740.
Wrights Farming Register, October 2013, Full Edition. See more: http://www.wrightsregister.com