‘Machine of the Year’, new CVT tractors, plenty of visitors, wind, rain and a little sunshine… the Doe Show 2014, held at the Ulting, Maldon, Essex premises of Ernest Doe, had all the usual ingredients. Amongst the 150 or more trade stands were a surprisingly high number of new products for 2014 as well as stands from one or two manufacturers new to Ernest Doe and thereby making their first appearance at the show.
Graham Parker, sales director for Ernest Doe & Sons Ltd commented, “We shall always be grateful to our faithful customers who turn out in great numbers to visit our show at a time when the weather is never at its best. However it is a good time for them to buy and the show always provides us with a great start to the year, with 2014 being no exception. We are pleased to be able to report strong sales of both new and used equipment which makes all the investment by ourselves and our suppliers worthwhile.”
New Holland mark 50 years at Basildon
In the New Holland marquee was a special exhibit marking 50 years of tractor production at the Basildon plant. A uniquely liveried New Holland T7.270 was placed alongside a Ford 4000 which rolled out of the plant 50 years ago. Also on the New Holland stand was a T8.420 Auto Command tractor which received the ‘Machine of the Year 2014’ award at Agritechnica from a panel made up of journalists from Europe’s top machinery publications. The judges assessed the T8.420 Auto Command™ as being able to offer ultimate in-field performance in high speed cultivation tasks, ideal for large scale cash crop farmers, hay and forage contractors.
The newly unveiled New Holland LM telehandler range was on show with its more powerful Tier 4 engine, new powershift transmission, new headstock design, new boom design and new cab. The show offered one of the first occasions for farmers to see this machine.
New dynamic section control for KRM spreaders
Efficiency was the focus on the KRM stand. High fertiliser costs mean that all farmers must ensure accurate spreading over the total field area including irregular shaped fields and headlands. To achieve this, KRM spreaders offer two section control methods. The field proven Standard Section Control adjusts the spread symmetrically in short work and is recommended for narrower tramline widths. For wider working widths up to 42m, new Dynamic Section Control is introduced which alters the spread pattern asymmetrically by simultaneously adjusting the feed point and rate to the left or right for optimum accuracy in angled headlands.
Marshall trailers at Doe Show for first time
For the first time ever Marshall Trailers exhibited at the 2014 Doe Show. New to Ernest Doe, Marshall offers a comprehensive range of trailers, muck spreaders and much more. “A quality product at a competitive price” is how Graham Parker, Sales Director for Ernest Doe, recently described the newest manufacturer to their portfolio.
The new Marshall QM/14 is perfect for the larger jobs and is designed to cope with constant, demanding work. The body is constructed with 4mm sides and a 5mm flat floor, complete with a generous number of spacers and bearers to guarantee durability and strength. The 2014 model comes complete with full width front perspex window and 560/60 x 22.5 tyres.
Most farmers agree that pressing ploughed land conserves moisture and breaks clods. The Lemken FlexPack is mounted on the plough, turns over with the plough, and is transported from field to field on the plough. It has the added benefit of varying its width with the furrow width of the plough. Since its launch, at the start of 2013, Ernest Doe have sold a number of units to satisfied customers.
New Bomford augers
On show was a new range of augers which have been designed for Bomford arm mowers and are available in number combinations, catering from soft grounds all the way to mixed rocky grounds and even permafrost. The Bomford Stump Planer is the quick and easy attachment to the drill head for the effective, clean removal of tree stumps of any size.
Plenty of new machines from Browns
First is the Browns harrow attachment which is available to fit Browns 4.5m and 6m hydraulically folding slitters. Built to the same spec as the popular Browns Grassmaster harrows. Provides the ability to complete two jobs in one pass for increased grassland rejuvenation.
After making a number of four way splitter wedges upon request for their very popular 10T Log Splitter, Browns have included them as a complete machine in their new 2014 Catalogue and displayed one at the Doe Show 2014.
Also new for 2014, the Browns Pipe Layer Tube and Reel fits their Viscount and Consort moledrainers. It can be used to bury pipe up to 32mm diameter and the reel can be fitted to store up to 300m of pipe.
Shelbourne launches two new products
An innovative new hedgecutter combining variable forward reach with telescopic arm capability formed the centrepiece of the Shelbourne Reynolds stand at the 2014 Doe Show. VFRT (Variable Forward Reach Telescopic) builds upon the success of the Shelbourne VFR range, introduced in 2007 in response to feedback from operators and owners updating mid-mount machines and wanting the reach of telescopic arms without a return to the inconvenience of looking over their shoulders. It uses a pivot between the first and second arms to allow the head to be placed precisely where required, both in terms of comfort and the best position to cut the hedge.
The 2014 Doe Show was also the launchpad for the new Shelbourne 250 economy verge trimmer. This is a 5m machine incorporating a fixed non-slew frame with mechanical breakback. It is a non parallel arm machine with 5m reach and slide mount 1.2m belt drive head. Cable controls and twin pump hydraulics are standard with the option of an oil cooler. The machine is priced to compete at the budget end of the market yet maintains the strength and reliability found in Shelbourne’s larger higher specced machines.
The Cherry on the Show
Cherry Products offer a wide range of attachments for telehandlers and front loaders, along with other ancillary products. Seen at the 2013 Doe Show for the first time, Graham Cherry, MD of the Oxfordshire based company said, “In over 25 years of standing at shows, the Doe Show has beaten them all and we sold over 50 items over the three days. Ernest Doe discounted the items so the prices were really keen and this encouraged visitors to place orders there and then. Our best seller was our fork mounted man cages which comply with all the latest Health and Safety regulations and are a must on most farms and many other sites.” Following this, attendance at the 2014 show was always going to be a winner.
Fleming show new products for 2014
New for 2014 will be Fleming Agri-Products who will display their range of flat rolls and loader attachments. “We sell a huge number of flat rolls each year”, said Graham Parker, sales director for Ernest Doe. “Price and quality of the product are both equally important and Fleming certainly have both these factors sorted. Flat rolls tend to last a very long time but most growers tend to have one which makes the market potential huge. They sell particularly well in our Ernest Doe Power branches in Kent and Sussex where the grassland concentration is quite high.”
New Pro chainsaw from Husqvarna
The 555 is a new professional, powerful and robust chainsaw from Husqvarna. Developed for demanding work by contractors and land owners, the 555 has a ground-breaking design and is loaded with raw power for efficient operation. The unique X-Torq engine technology provides more power where it’s needed, up to 20% less fuel consumption and 75% less exhaust emissions.
Enjoying the muddy conditions were all terrain vehicles from Kawasaki which were being put through their paces in a specially designated area. In the larger vehicles, Visitors were able to were able to sit alongside an specialist driver in order to be able to experience their capabilities close up.
Thwaites dumpers powered by Deutz engines
With the introduction of new environmental legislation, Thwaites have partnered with Deutz to provide new engines offering more power combined with lower emission levels. Increased efficiency delivers up to 10% better fuel economy. In addition there is a safety shutdown system to further protect the engine. Each engine comes with a three year guarantee.
On the demonstration plot were Thwaites dumpers, making light of the sticky Essex clay, and Hyundai 145 LCR-9 tracked excavator. In a separate area was a selection of Bomag compaction equipment including the BMP8500 multi-purpose compactor which can work reliably and effectively in tight spaces.