Final visitor count at last week’s SIMA (Salon International du Machinisme Agricole) exhibition in France was 238,848, according to the organisers’ calculations. The figure is almost identical to that from the last show in 2013, which was a record year in terms of attendance.
Almost a quarter of the visitors were from overseas, according to the data, with 23% coming from five different continents. Given the decline in the machinery market predicted for this year, SIMA’s organising committee says it was particularly pleased with the result.
Arguably one of the major show stoppers, and making its international show debut following a press launch late last year, was Fendt’s massive 1050 tractor, which at 500hp lays a pretty undisputable claim to be the largest conventional tractor available. It’s actually the head of a three-model line which also comprises 380hp, 420hp and 460hp models – the first two power digits equate to the last two model numbers. Engine is a six-cylinder, 12.4-litre unit from truck maker MAN, while transmission is a development of Fendt’s familiar Vario CVT.
Fendt argues that a conventional tractor design is lighter, more manoeuvrable and offers better visibility that the more usual articulated and/or tracked machines that otherwise occupy this power bracket. Unladen weight is 14t, and maximum road speed 40-, 50- or 60km/hr, depending on market. The cab is a revised ‘S’ version of the X5 unit used on 800 and 900 series Fendts, with a heavily revised interior. More specifications will be confirmed by the time the tractors enter production towards the end of the year.
Both Case IH’s Puma range and the equivalent New Holland T7 tractors get a revamp for this season, centred around the need to meet the next stage of US and European emissions legislation. The revised line comprises seven models from 150-240hp (rated) from a 6.7-litre FPT Industrial engine. A power boost feature tweaks max output for transport and pto work, taking the range-topping models in each line to 270hp, with maximum torque ratings of 1,160Nm between 1,400 and 1,600 rpm. Emissions clean-up is via an SCR catalyst and injection of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF/AdBlue) into the exhaust gas.
In the cab, the windscreen glass is now seamless from floor to ceiling, while a second generation Headland Management Control (HMC) system allows more parameters to be set from more triggers. The PLM/AFS terminals also get several updates, including a new remote valve configuration and ISOBUS III functionality which, depending on the implement, will automatically control forward speed, hitch, electronic remote valves and PTO.
There are also new sensitivity settings for the forward/reverse shuttle, and a range of upgraded seat options, headed by a semi-active suspension leather-trimmed unit. Meanwhile, the tractors also get new LED worklight packages.
French long-line implement maker Kuhn had a number of new machines on display, among them a new disc cultivator drill, the Espro. Two rows of scalloped discs are used for cultivation, and are followed by 900mm offset packer wheels. Then come the double offset disc coulters. Models available from launch will be 3m and 6m, with 4m and 8m to come.Google+