Deere & Kramer Form Strategic Alliance

Dear All,

Due to continued expansion and growth, as part of the dealer of tomorrow strategy John Deere have awarded an increased trading area in East Hampshire to Hunt Forest Group previously covered by another John Deere dealer. Because of this, we have taken this opportunity to re-align our current area, redistribute our resources accordingly and invest heavily in our Chilbolton capacity and facilities. All to serve our customers to the best of our ability in the future.

The project is planned to begin in the summer and involves redevelopment of the site to incorporate a completely new building, purpose built for sales and after care of professional turf, homeowner and Isuzu products. As well as this, it will also house more back office support for the business in areas such as Connected Support, training and boast modern meeting facilities. This in turn allows a restructure of the existing building at Chilbolton to add more capacity for agricultural business, enabling us to meet demand.

“Whilst the acquisition of the Smarts business has been a catalyst, trading conditions in recent years and the forming of the Hunt Forest Group has meant growth for the business at a rapid rate” comments Tim Hunt, MD. “This has meant that we have to consider our capacity for increased sales and aftermarket business as well as for non-traditional and new roles related to technology such as telematics, data management and proactive customer support. Helping manage field and machinery fleet data or contacting a customer when a machine is about to be due a service, suggesting a mutually convenient time is just as important as being able to carry out that work. This all needs more people, space and resources that we are growing all the time. It makes total sense to centralise that as much as possible in the interests of efficiency and easier management. As a family run business, we won’t ever lose our personal touch, but a larger hub and pooling resources will make for a more flexible and stronger business”

As of November 2021, all sales, service and parts for agricultural and professional turf relating to Hampshire and the East will be run from Chilbolton to better service our customers both new and existing. The restructure of the John Deere area and the reduced requirement for a location in the North East means the current North Warnborough staff and business will be relocated to the new facility.

The new area as detailed below will be covered by an expanded sales team and increased service technician capacity. This also allows the business to align its agricultural area with its professional turf area, which previously was not. We look forward to meeting new customers and welcoming them at our new, larger premises when complete.

John Deere’s leading precision ag technology solutions for arable farmers and contractors will be featured on the company’s stand (525) at Cereals 2021 on June 30 and July 1, alongside its latest new products.

Among these, and making their event debut, are the 7R 350 and award-winning 8RX four-track tractors, while the R740i trailed sprayer and Mazzotti MAF 4080 self-propelled sprayer with 36m boom can be seen in the Sprays & Sprayers demonstration arena.

Built in a compact frame for easy manoeuvrability in the field, the 8RX Series has been developed with the aim of maximising soil protection without compromising tractor performance. Following a series of dealer roadshows, individual customer demonstrations and virtual events in 2020, the 8RX has proved to be extremely popular with UK farmers and contractors, who have recognised and experienced its successful combination of soil preservation with greater productivity.

Also featured for the first time at Cereals 2021, the flagship X9 combine represents the next level of John Deere harvesting performance to help large-scale farmers achieve more tonnes per hour and more hectares per day, specifically in tough, high yielding, wet conditions. The X9 1100 can harvest wheat at an impressive 100 tonnes per hour at less than one per cent grain loss.

An 8RX tractor and ExactEmerge planter combination were featured in a virtual John Deere display at the US Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, which is billed as the world’s largest technology event.

In the lead up to this year’s show, the new X9 Series combines were recognised in the Robotics category of the 2021 CES Innovation Awards. This was the second straight year John Deere has received such an award, after the 8RX tractor was honoured in the ‘Tech for a Better World’ category in 2020.

These awards recognise outstanding product design and engineering in technology products that impact society and the world in a positive way. The X9 Series combines also received a 2021 AE50 Award for outstanding innovations that improve production agriculture.

Featuring the stepless AutoPowr transmission as standard, the new top of the range 7R 350 tractor develops up to 388hp with Intelligent Power Management. With a minimum shipping weight of only 11.4 tonnes, this latest 7R Series model boasts an impressive power to weight ratio of just 29kg/hp. Upgrades include a new luxury cab with top-quality massage seat, the CommandPRO joystick and enhanced Precision Ag technology features.

Especially now, John Deere and its dealer network see the future of farming in connectivity that makes the most of machine, field and agronomy data in the decision-making process and provides full control of the production chain. The company is pioneering the use of such data based around the new MyJohnDeere.com website portal and proactive Connected Support systems, to provide increased uptime, higher performance and reduced operating costs.

Investment in a premium connectivity package can provide average savings of up to £48/ha. These figures can typically be achieved through a combination of increased productivity and machine efficiency, consistent accuracy, less wear and tear on equipment and typical fuel savings of 10 to 15 per cent, as highlighted by the recently expanded Fuel Guarantee programme.

The John Deere Operations Centre in MyJohnDeere.com serves as the central online location for users to safely and securely connect to their machines and fields. Additional support is available from third-party implement manufacturers, input suppliers, software companies and service providers such as crop advisors and other specialist consultants.

In addition, with the newly simplified, free of charge Operations Centre mobile and web versions, users can view, manage and analyse all their operations from any location.

Precision and intelligent technology are also incorporated in the mid-range R740i trailed sprayer. This 4000-litre capacity machine offers boom widths from 18 to 30m, with premium features including a new multi-functional control lever, the Solution Command operator station and the proven PowrSpray dual-circuit solution system. This reduces filling times, improves spray application and increases accuracy.

This new sprayer is also available with a closed transfer system (CTS)-ready option, and can be equipped with an individual nozzle control (INC) system. This electronic solution allows customers to save up to five per cent of the cost of plant protection products.

Mazzotti’s new compact self-propelled sprayer, the MAF 4080, also makes its UK show debut at Cereals 2021. This Tier 5 175hp 4000-litre capacity model features a new M-Spray dual-circuit solution system, a wide range of MK spray booms from 24 to 36m wide, John Deere spray controls including INC, a new John Deere-sourced operator station and a high-performance hydrostatic 40 or 50kph transmission as standard.

John Deere and training provider ProVQ have announced plans to open a brand new Apprentice Training Centre this autumn, at a farm site in Upper Saxondale near Bingham in Nottinghamshire. This will mark the 30th anniversary of the company’s first Ag Tech apprentice intake, who were enrolled at original partner Brooksby Melton College in 1992.

Designed specifically and solely for John Deere dealer apprentices attending the company’s award winning Ag Tech, Turf Tech and Parts Tech training programmes, the first John Deere Apprentice Training Centre was established at Radcliffe-on-Trent five years ago. These premises have now been outgrown, due to the programmes’ success and increasing dealer demand.

The Ag ,Turf and Parts Tech apprenticeships focus on developing the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for dealer personnel of the future. Each year group trains at the centre for up to eight weeks a year in four blocks of two weeks. Some of this time is also spent at John Deere’s Langar HQ when working with the largest equipment and the latest technologies.

John Deere appointed ProVQ Limited in summer 2015 as its new business partner to deliver the apprentice training programmes on behalf of its dealers in the UK & Ireland. Since that time the strength of the partnership has allowed the programmes to develop and grow to meet the needs and expectations of a modern John Deere dealership. The current full-time ProVQ staff will continue to be managed by James Haslam at the new Apprentice Training Centre from the autumn.

ProVQ started its apprentice training programmes in 2005, and went on to develop a full range of national services including apprentice recruitment, training, vocational assessment and qualifications. Today the company trains over 600 apprentices and many hundreds of adult learners on technical, parts and customer service programmes.

“We are really looking forward to establishing this new bespoke facility close to our UK headquarters at Langar,” said John Deere Limited training centre manager Allan Cochran. “Our joint investment in the expanded Apprentice Training Centre will be in the region of £1.5 million. This will allow us to continue our growth and ambition to attract more young talent to develop successful careers in land-based engineering through the John Deere agricultural, turf and forestry dealer network.

“As our dealership businesses continue to grow, there is increasing demand for qualified technicians equipped with the correct knowledge and skills to support that growth. We have therefore recognised the need to increase the capacity of our already successful and industry leading training programmes even further.

“The new site will feature a purpose-built two-storey unit in addition to refurbished and extended farm buildings, effectively almost doubling our available square footage. The premises will include a bigger workshop space as well as larger classroom and cafeteria facilities.

“Most importantly, this will give us the capability to double our throughput of trained technicians to meet dealer demand. ProVQ will maintain its current staffing levels and continue to provide the full suite of apprentice technician training programmes at the new premises.”

ProVQ managing director Stuart Jones added: “Together with John Deere, we have already jointly developed a very high quality training environment in which apprentices can learn to master the technology that underpins the company’s comprehensive agricultural and amenity turf product ranges.

“We are now looking forward to seeing many more young people come through the doors of our new training centre at the start of what is undoubtedly a very exciting and rewarding career in engineering and parts support. The facilities we are developing will help them to achieve their full potential in a rapidly changing industry that offers a great opportunity to work with some of the most advanced technologies supporting food production, land management and environmental sustainability.”

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An impression of the new John Deere & ProVQ Apprentice Training Centre, which is due to be officially opened in the autumn.

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Following completion of the purchase of Smart Ag Services, Hunt Forest Group are pleased to announce effective 15 March 2021 that Smarts will be Kramer dealers for their existing John Deere area of responsibility. This decision helps align the business with its parent company so that customers experience more consistency across the trading area.

JCB decided to terminate the dealer agreement held by Smarts following the purchase of the company, leaving many customers questioning why JCB would immediately disrupt the support which many rely on.

“During the transition of the business to Hunt Forest, it was planned to continue with all of Smarts suppliers and it is a surprise that JCB should take such a dramatic decision when Smarts remain in business and our wish was to continue what I considered to be a very successful relationship” comments Colin Smart

“We are a business that is well known for customer satisfaction and outstanding support, which partnering franchises have without doubt benefited from to build excellent levels of market share. The product is only part of the story and Smarts as a business have been instrumental in the success of JCB with market share well in excess of 65%”.

Although the agreement to supply JCB machines ended on the 12 March, JCB has requested Smarts continue to supply parts and service support and warranty coverage through its network of technicians for the next 6 months.

Paul Burnett, Business Development Director of Hunt Forest said “In Kramer we have a highly reliable and quality product that we excel with in our current area and using this recipe of staff attitude, knowledge and understanding of what customer support really means, I have no doubt Smarts can replicate that success with Kramer.

After completing a business wide product roadshow for all staff, we are in great shape to hit the ground running and very much look forward to inviting new and existing customers to experience the Kramer product” adds Paul. “The company has a large level of stock with demonstrators available and all HFG machines also are supplied in special colours to signify that we can offer that something a little different. To prove that, we will support all new sales with a 4 year or 4000hr warranty funded by Hunt Forest as an introductory offer until July”

Extended KUHN coverage in Somerset following Hunt Forest Group acquisition of Smart Ag Services

Sales, servicing and spare parts back-up for KUHN equipment will now be available at the Inwood Farm depot at Nether Stowey, Bridgwater, following the agreement for Hunt Forest Group to acquire Smart Ag Services Ltd.

Hunt Forest Group, a leading John Deere dealership, has been a major supplier of KUHN Farm Machinery’s full agricultural and amenity ranges since the merger of R. Hunt Ltd and New Forest Farm Machinery in 2018. This latest acquisition by Hunt Forest Group allows extended coverage for the KUHN offering in Somerset.

“Having now fully completed the acquisition of Smart Ag Services, we are delighted to be able to further our partnership with KUHN into our expanded area,” comments Paul Burnett, Business Development Director at Hunt Forest Group.

“The drive and enthusiasm shown by KUHN and its employees makes them a perfect partner for us. As a John Deere dealer, quality and reliability, good residual value, plus high end technology, are things we have become accustomed to and with KUHN, we find a lot of commonality which forms the basis an excellent relationship.

“Customers can benefit from a full suite of machines that help achieve more, in a cost-effective way, supported by a full team of experienced people both in our business and at manufacturer level. I am confident the Nether Stowey team, coupled with the ethics of Hunt Forest Group, will go from strength to strength and help us grow the KUHN business together in the area.”

Siân Pritchard, Managing Director of KUHN UK adds: “We’re delighted to be able to make the KUHN brand more accessible to customers in Somerset and to strengthen our relationship with Hunt Forest Group.  Hunt Forest’s expertise and professional approach to sales and aftersales support in the farming and groundscare sectors is highly compatible with that of KUHN UK.”

Situated in the village of Brockenhurst in the New Forest National Park, Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club is one of Hampshire’s finest woodland/heathland courses. The club likes to point out that theirs is the correct and original spelling although it is pronounced the same as with the c, which was added to the railway station name in the 19th century by mistake and stuck.

The club hosted the first of last summer’s eight Rose Ladies Series tournaments, sponsored by Justin Rose. This was held in June just five weeks after re-opening following a 10-week lockdown, when the greenkeeping team was only doing essential maintenance to keep the course tidy. The idea for the series came from club member and Ladies European Tour player Liz Young, who was beaten by Charley Hull in a play-off at the inaugural event.

It was the pre-tournament support that club manager Kevin Light and course manager Kevan Glass received from John Deere’s local turf dealer Hunt Forest Group, particularly groundscare sales & golf specialist Andy Johnson and golf demonstrator Rob Patrick, that contributed to the decision to sign Brokenhurst Manor’s first ever fleet package deal using a John Deere Financial contract lease arrangement.

As a result, the club’s greenkeeping team now uses a 7500A PrecisionCut fairway mower, two 2653B tees & surrounds mowers, TX Turf and TE electric Gator utility vehicles, a ProGator equipped with a Charterhouse top dresser and a 5075E utility tractor on low ground pressure tyres, plus ancillary equipment including a tractor trailer, a Campey TB 220 brush and a Tru-Turf greens roller.

“Our previous five-year contract was up for renewal in the summer, and the decision to change to John Deere was influenced by a number of things,” says Kevin Light, who has been manager for three years. “Chief among these was that Andy and Rob were very forthcoming with loan machines for testing, demonstrations and tournament support. Both John Deere and the dealership did a very professional job all the way through this period and were really helpful when we needed it.”

“We’ve run John Deere tractors here for 20 years, used Gators before and know the 2653 utility mowers well, but the A Model fairway mower and the Tru-Turf roller were firsts for us,” adds Kevan Glass. “We managed to stay positive through the initial lockdown period and utilised the time as well as we could. Along with the new kit, we were able to get quite a few extra jobs done and ticked a number of boxes while we were shut.

“There are not a lot of clubs like this one, with the forest all around us – the natural beauty of the woodland feeds onto the golf course, it’s very tranquil and provides great views all the way round. However, with a clay subsoil and situated on a flood plain, it can be a hard job keeping it in top condition. Nowadays people want the full golf course experience, they don’t want tee mats and temporary greens during the winter months for example, so it’s definitely more of a challenge than it was 10 or 20 years ago.”

Since Kevin Light took over as club manager, a number of other significant changes have been made and there is a waiting list for members. “We have a great team here now, with Kevan and the greenkeepers, our bar manager Kevin Casswell and club pro Jason MacNiven, who is one of the UK’s leading club fitters, all working together rather than as separate entities,” he says.

“As a members club run primarily for our members, we know what people want to see the club evolve into. However, the whole place is a lot more social these days, and I’d like to think more welcoming to visitors. We are now looking forward to hosting another important tournament, the Brabazon Trophy Southern Qualifier, in May if permitted, and I believe the club can continue to grow and prosper, despite what we’ve all had to go through in 2020 and early 2021.”

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Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club, John Deere and dealer Hunt Forest Group personnel with the club’s new machinery fleet.

John Deere has announced its new 9R Series tractor range, headed by the 691 (maximum) hp flagship models 9R 640 and 9RX 640. The latest 9R, 9RT and 9RX machines have not only been made stronger and more efficient, but also more intelligent. Operators and farm managers will benefit from their increasing connectivity and automation features.

All the tractors use the same new and highly fuel-efficient 13.6-litre John Deere engine as the X9 combines, except for the top of the range 640hp (rated) models which are still powered by the proven 15-litre Cummins engine. The six-cylinder John Deere engine with its HPCR fuel injection system has been developed to operate more efficiently, with noise levels reduced by up to 50 per cent. In order to transfer the enormous engine power to the ground, all models offer additional ballasting options that allow a gross weight of 30.4 tonnes.

In addition to their tremendous power, the new tractors have become smarter. The StarFire 6000 receiver is integrated into the cab roof and is included as standard, along with the large 4600 CommandCenter display, full AEF ISOBUS compatibility and AutoTrac activation. John Deere also offers a full activation package for maximum automation at an additional price of just £1425. This includes Turn Automation, Section Control, Variable Rate Control, Passive Implement Guidance, In-Field Data Sharing, Machine Sync and now also new AutoPath row guidance.

John Deere’s new AutoSetup allows farmers and contractors to pre-schedule jobs in the customer’s personalised Operations Center. Jobs appear automatically on the cab display when the machine enters the field and the operator only has to confirm with a single button click. The system supports settings such as client, farm, field, field boundaries, tracks, implement widths/offsets, products, application rates, site specific applications, documentation settings and operator name.

Once the job is completed, all data can be transferred wirelessly to the Operations Center. AutoSetup not only saves up to 90 per cent of setting up time in the field, but also provides clear documentation and avoids errors and data losses.

In the field operators will appreciate the extremely comfortable ride. This is a result of not only the individually developed suspension systems for the 9R, 9RT and 9RX but also the new cab. John Deere’s exclusive HydraCushion front axle suspension is now available for all 9R Series models, while the new cab features are the same as those introduced on the new 7R and 8R Series tractors launched at Agritechnica 2019.

The second generation ActiveSeat is available with leather trim, heating, active air circulation, massage function and various adjustable seat settings. A top quality 6.5in DAB+ touchscreen radio with 6.1 sound system provides state-of-the-art infotainment and is compatible with Apple CarPlay, while LED lighting provides excellent visibility. Thanks to the reduced size of the exhaust aftertreatment system and optional cameras, visibility on all sides has been further improved.

Besides their extra performance, automation and comfort, the new 9R Series tractors have been developed with the aim of maximising reliability and reducing operating costs even further. Among many other enhancements the e18 transmission, axles, track drives and chassis have been significantly reinforced for higher capacity and productivity.

In order to reduce maintenance effort and cost, many service intervals have been extended – for example, the new fan is now serviced every 5000 hours, the same as the torsional damper. Reflecting the tractors’ reliability, John Deere has doubled the standard factory warranty to two years or 2000 hours. In addition, the optional PowerGard Protection/Plus warranty extension terms are now even more cost-effective, reaching up to eight years or 8000 hours.

John Deere’s state of the art dealer Connected Support solutions also ensure maximum uptime. With Expert Alerts, potential machine damage can be predicted and the likelihood of expensive repairs can be reduced or completely avoided, as well as any unplanned downtime.

New John Deere 9R Series model line-up:

Model Max. power (ECE-R120)
9R 440 356kW / 484hp
9R / 9RX 490 396kW / 539hp
9R / 9RX 540 437kW / 594hp
9R / 9RX 590 477kW / 649hp
9R / 9RX 640 508kW / 691hp
9RT 470 380kW / 517hp
9RT 520 421kW / 572hp
9RT 570 461kW / 627hp

The new look, feel and navigation of the John Deere Operations Center make it easier to use and provide a more consistent user experience with the latest mobile version.

The established MyOperations App for smartphones and tablets has been renamed Operations Center mobile and pairs well with the Operations Center web version. Both provide users with an all-inclusive farm management tool. Another improvement is the addition of Work Planner, which is now a key feature of the new AutoSetup system that allows farmers to streamline their work set-up and help operators start working more quickly in the field.

Farmers already use the popular Operations Center to collect and securely store their field, crop and machine data from their connected machines for easy analysis and to aid decision making. To meet the constantly changing demands of the business of farming, the improved Operations Center is designed to bring more clarity and organisation to farm data management.

It can help farmers set up, plan, monitor and analyse their data to make sound business decisions using the following features:

  • Setup uses a JDLink connection and the Operations Center to synchronise the farm’s data, saving time while eliminating possible data entry errors.
  • Plan uses a Generation 4 Display with the Work Planner feature to improve efficiency through increased accuracy.
  • Monitor, with a JDLink connection and the new Home and Map tabs, helps farmers keep a watchful eye on their entire operation to ensure quality and efficiency, even when they’re away from the farm.
  • The new Analyze tab in the Operations Center helps farmers turn this year’s results into next year’s decisions.

“We know today’s farmers are always on the move, which makes the app version of Operations Center more important than ever,” says Peter Koch, John Deere’s Digital Technology Marketing Manager. “That’s why John Deere has improved both web and mobile versions, to make them look more alike and function in a similar manner.”

To get the most from John Deere Precision Ag technologies, Peter Koch suggests farmers need the following:

  • a Generation 4 CommandCenter display that gives farmers more precise control of machine functions from the cab;
  • a StarFire receiver to ensure accurate positioning;
  • JDLink telematics, which serves as the wireless connection between machines and streams data from the Gen4 display to the Operations Center.

Using the Operations Center’s new Work Planner feature, farmers can now preload all their display information so operators no longer need to complete this step once they are in the cab.

The improved Operations Center is now live, and new customers can create an account online or download the Operations Center mobile app from the Google Play or Apple App Stores. Existing users will automatically receive all updates in both Operations Center web and mobile versions. More information about the new Operations Center is available from John Deere dealers or by visiting John Deere Operations Center.

We are going to be having disruption to our phone lines across 4 of our branches this week.

We are hoping this will be for around 30 minutes in the morning, if not these are the contact details to help you.

We thank you in advance for your patience.

 

Monday – North Warnborough:

Service/Parts: 07950 442 640

Sales: 07392 090 272

 

Tuesday – Blashford:

Service: 07973 801 896

Parts: 07971 088 385

Sales: 07471 997 144

 

Wednesday – Tilshead:

Service: 07766 900 001

Parts: 07780 703 514

Sales: 07880 550 331

 

Thursday – Isle of Wight:

Service/Parts: 07940 389 291

Sales: 07377 451 373

A well-maintained lawn is always a welcome sight, and never more so than now. John Deere is introducing new features to its X100 Series range of lawn tractors for 2021, along with updates to the X300 and X500 Series, and three new ZTrak zero-turn ride-on mowers.

All six models in the X100 range incorporate the stylish new bonnet design. The hydrostatic transmission and side-by side pedals enable the operator to change direction without raising a foot, making them very comfortable to operate. The grass collector bag has been redesigned for easier emptying and cleaning. Standard on the X117R, X147R and X167R lawn tractors, the collector is available as an option on the X107, X127 and X167 side-discharge models.

The car-style dashboard now includes an easy-to-read fuel gauge on the X127 and X167 models. A new open back seat on selected models in the range offers enhanced comfort, especially on hot days.

All X300 and X500 Series lawn tractors for 2021 benefit from more powerful engines which enable them to handle steeper slopes and speeds up mowing in larger areas, as well as improved snow blowing performance in winter. The X354, X370 and X380 models comes with a new style high back seat that delivers a higher level of comfort and support.

Three new Z500 zero-turn ride-on mowers also join the John Deere line-up for 2021. The Z515E, Z530M and top of the range Z545R all deliver outstanding agility for fast mowing, especially around obstacles and on uneven ground. All three machines feature deep decks with a cutting width of 122cm (48in) and a wide discharge chute for excellent grass distribution even at high ground speeds. A robust frame and roll over protection (ROPS) are standard on all models.

The Z545R benefits from an electric fuel injection engine with electronic hand throttle and integrated LED lighting (standard on R and optional on E and M models).

 

Following on from the success of limited edition black machines from Kramer, you can now own a Hunt Forest Group Black edition Kramer at no extra cost.

Help your machine or business stand out from the crowd, in fact – talk to our sales team to have your machine supplied in any customer colour!

 

Why consider a Kramer? –

  • Telehandlers from 2.6t to 5.5t capacity with stacking heights from 6 to 9 meters. Powerful engines up to 156hp
  • Envious spec levels and features as standard, such as return to bucket position and third service remote pressure dump
  • Factory hydraulic quick hitches to cater for all brackets
  • Outstanding German build quality
  • A comprehensive range of wheeled loaders with fixed or telescopic boom up to 6t tipping load with unrivalled stability
  • 3 years finance and 3000hr warranty available for a limited period

 

All from an established dealer with trained technicians, machines and parts support. Contact us for your competitive price today.

Hunt Forest Group are delighted to announce that they have been awarded a second franchise at our Blashford branch near Ringwood in Hampshire. The franchise has officially opened on Monday, 1st March 2021.

The business will be looking after all DMAX sales & servicing for the area making Hunt Forest Group the key contact for Isuzu sales and servicing in Southern England from our two sites, Blashford and Chilbolton.     The areas we will officially cover are as far West as Puddletown, North to Kingsclere and Eastwards to Fareham while including the Isle of Wight also.

With the all-new DMAX now available to view at our sites, this is an incredibly exciting time for the brand and we look forward to looking after you with your next service or sales enquiry at your local branch in the near future.

We will always be on hand to help you with your queries. Please see below the contact details for the Hunt Forest Group Isuzu team:

James Parrett – Isuzu Brand Manager
T: 07471 997144 / 01425 472572
E: jamesparrett@huntforest.com

Gareth Thomas – Isuzu Sales Manager
T: 07725 555720
E: gareththomas@huntforest.com

Jake Betteridge – Isuzu Service Technician, Chilbolton
T: 01264 860532
E: jakebetteridge@huntforest.com

Will Hooker – Isuzu Service Technician, Blashford
T: 01425 472572
E: willhooker@huntforest.com

Wayne Britton – Service Manager, Blashford
T: 01425 472572
E: waynebritton@huntforest.com

Hunt Forest Group has announced an agreement to acquire neighbouring John Deere dealership C Smart Agricultural Services, in line with Deere’s dealer of tomorrow strategy. This move brings together both agricultural and turf equipment sales in a single business covering most of central southern England, while simplifying all aspects of parts and service supply to customers in the area.

All Smart’s employees are being transferred as part of the sale, along with the three existing branch locations in Dorset and Somerset which will continue to operate under the business name Smart Ag Services. The expansion will see Hunt Forest Group nearly double in size, employing around 180 people in total.

Hunt Forest managing director Tim Hunt said: “We have always had close links with Colin Smart in the past and on a personal note I would like to thank him for continuing to help throughout this process and being so positive. We share the same core values that encompass our business ethics, staff and customers and I believe this has been key to completing the sale. The next steps will be very exciting indeed and we look forward to sharing and learning from each other as we continue to grow all aspects of our business.”

Hunt Forest Group supplies the full John Deere product range from six outlets covering Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey and the Isle of Wight. A John Deere dealer since 1971, the company today employs around 115 staff and has a strong focus on customer service, first established by the late Roger Hunt who also helped the Smart family set up its dealer business.

The company is particularly well recognised for support and sales of John Deere combines, self-propelled forage harvesters and Precision Ag services, with its specialist teams and experience. “This expansion of our business allows us to provide even better support to both our agricultural and professional turf customers across the region, with access to more machines, parts and technical know-how, as well as training and advice,” said Tim Hunt.

John Deere Limited division sales manager Joedy Ibbotson added: “This is another great fit for our dealer network, combining two businesses with common values based on delivering an exceptional customer experience with a focus on knowledgeable staff and connected support. The new, expanded dealership will be in a strong position to make the future investments required in facilities, logistics and advanced precision technologies.

“On behalf of the company I would also like to add our thanks to Colin for his valuable and longstanding contribution to the business, including 13 years as a John Deere service and territory manager in the south of England up to 1994, and then as a main dealer together with his wife Frances since 1998.”

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Hunt Forest Group managing director Tim Hunt (left) and Colin Smart, managing director of Smart Ag Services.

Hunt Forest Group are very excited to announce an amicable agreement in principle has been reached to acquire Smart Ag Services Ltd. John Deere’s main dealer for Dorset, Somerset and surrounding areas. Heads of Terms have been agreed and signed by both parties and the process is now underway to complete the business acquisition over the coming months.

Hunt Forest Group through the acquisition of Smart Ag Services Ltd will be growing to become a much larger John Deere dealer and protecting the future for all the staff and customers of both companies. This decision brings Ag and Turf franchises together through a single company for most of central Southern England, simplifying all aspects of parts and service supply to all our customers.

This is a strategic purchase solidifying the company’s position in the John Deere network for many years to come, creating one of the largest John Deere dealers in the UK. The move will see Hunt Forest Group expand and nearly double in size turning over close to £100m and employing near 180 people, all of which signals a clear ambition to increase John Deere and associated business in the South of the Country. This offers fantastic opportunities for customers, staff and our franchise partners as we grow together.

As a customer or supplier to either company there is NO CHANGE to the way you deal with either Hunt Forest Group or Smart Ag Services. Names, phone numbers, bank accounts etc all remain the same. The only background change you will notice is a greater and wider access to parts machinery and specialist knowledge.

If you require anything relating to sales, service or parts in any way, please contact your depot or usual business representative in the way you always have.

Yours faithfully,

Tim Hunt, Managing Director

Hunt Forest Group

“Service 1st, Sales 2nd – Roger Hunt 2015”

The All-New Isuzu D-Max is due to arrive with us next month and we are incredibly excited to show you the vehicle. The range has been simplified to;

Business Range – Utility
The base specification workhorse will continue to be named Utility
Available as a Single Cab (4X2 & 4X4), Extended Cab & Double Cab

All Purpose Range – DL20 & DL40
The All-Purpose range will contain two models – DL20 and DL40. ‘DL’ refers to the rear Differential Lock, which is standard equipment from DL20, and the numbers make it easy to identify that DL40 is a higher trim level than DL20.
DL20 is available as an Extended or Double Cab and the DL40 is available as a Double Cab.

Adventure Range – V-Cross
The Adventure range will feature the V-Cross which is primarily targeted to the lifestyle/adventurer audience.
The V-Cross is available as a Double Cab only.

THE FOLLOWING EQUIPMENT IS STANDARD ON EVERY PICK-UP IN THE RANGE:
• CRUISE CONTROL
• FORWARD COLLISION WARNING
• AUTONOMOUS EMERGENCY BRAKING
• TRAFFIC SIGN RECOGNITION
• MANUAL & INTELLIGENT SPEED LIMITER
• LANE DEPARTURE WARNING & PREVENTION SYSTEM

ALL NEW VEHICLES WILL BE EQUIPPED WITH:
• AUTOMATIC HEADLIGHTS
• HIGH BEAM ASSIST
• AUTOMATIC WINDSCREEN WIPERS WITH RAIN SENSOR
• HEIGHT AND REACH ADJUSTABLE STEERING WHEEL

Please contact your local salesman for further information and to arrange your viewing of the new vehicle in February/March.

Following our announcement on Wednesday 6th January, regarding the cancellation of our Precision Ag training schools due to the current COVID–19 regulations. We would like to make you aware that we will soon be releasing some online training school dates that you will be able to attend remotely. This will give you a chance to get back up to speed with your Precision Ag equipment and make you aware of any changes in software ready to take on the season ahead.

It is with great regret that due to the current Government COVID – 19 safety guidelines that we have had to cancel our annual February Precision Ag training schools for 2021.

But please be assured that our Precision Ag team takes great pride in the support that they offer throughout your growing season. And we look forward to supporting you in every way we can. Some of these ways include phone support from 5 dedicated team members. Remote display access where available. JDLINK machine monitoring where available. And in field optimisation visits following all Government COVID – 19 safety guidelines. Please do not hesitate to contact our Precision Ag team for all of your product support needs.

We hope to be able to host our 2021 Combine training schools this year but we will keep you informed as we approach the summer.

ONE MONTH TO GO.

A new StarFire 20-2 software update is now available. This is a mandatory update for both StarFire 6000 and 3000 receivers.

The most important part of the 20-2 software update is that it positions the current StarFire 6000 and StarFire 3000 receivers to continue operating in the future. Changes coming with the 20-2 software update also prepare the StarFire network to support new satellite constellations and the next generation StarFire receiver.

These software updates must take place by 1st February 2021. Those receivers that have not been updated will not receive the StarFire correction signal and will only operate on EGNOS.

EGNOS WILL NOT SUPPORT AUTOTRAC.

Please contact a member of the Hunt Forest Group Precision Ag team if you have not yet had this mandatory update. They will ensure the update is done following all government safety guidelines.  We wish you a happy and safe 2021.

Everyone at Hunt Forest Group would like to wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Our open hours for the Christmas period can be found here: Christmas Open Hours 2020

It’s been an exciting year in the John Deere calendar with the launch of the new 7R and 8R series tractors, with both series of tractors having a healthy dose of re-styling and a refreshed cab interior along with overall new and improved components from front to back of the tractors. The John Deere 7R family of tractors now include 6 models of tractors ranging from 250 to 350 (rated) horsepower before ipm (intelligent power management).

This year we saw the first of our demonstrator units which is a 7R330, as you can imagine being such a highly anticipated machine it was put straight to work on demonstrations and has been very busy since. Straight away customer feedback was extremely positive from the way it drives on the command pro, comfort of the new massage seat, sound system, steering lock and visibility with the new face lift design.

The demos that this tractor carried out have consisted of a wide variety of jobs, including large square baling, cultivating, drilling and ploughing. PTO performance was particularly impressive when it came to large square baling on the hills, this tractor showed no lack of power and comfort with ipm boost kicking in with the PTO under load. “The new 7R delivers high horsepower capabilities in a compact, easy to manoeuvre chassis” commented one customer.

When it came to heavy draft cultivation and drilling demos this 7R330 showed its excellence in power and efficiency as customers were impressed with not only the performance of this tractor but the fuel economy too. Typically, with a demo tractor customers want to put the machine to the test in the toughest and steepest conditions there farm has to offer so it’s always a great opportunity to get customer feedback on the tractors performance and I think it’s fair to say this tractor did not disappoint leaving not only John Deere customers but customers of other competitors pleasantly surprised and impressed with its capabilities.

Written by Mark McAlonan (Hunt Forest Group – AMS Demonstrator).

The safety of our customers and staff is extremely important to us and we’ll be taking every measure to keep everyone protected.

Following Government instructions from Thursday 5th November, access to the showrooms won’t be allowed and only our staff will be allowed inside our premises.

All branches will continue to run as before with minor changes at different depots to ensure an even higher level of staff and customer safety.

We’ll also be operating “Click and Collect”, you will be able to purchase Stihl and John Deere Homeowner items from our online shop at www.huntforestmowers.com

Parts, Service, Sales and Customer Support continue to be open and contactable in the usual way.

However, please call us before turning up onsite to ensure we can supply what you require in a distanced and timely manner.

If you are collecting or delivering a machine that we are working on, please call before you turn up at the depot.

Full directions along with track and trace are in place at the entrance to all depots please make use of these when you visit.

Lastly, please remember we’re here to help. If there’s anything you’re not sure about, contact us and we shall endeavour to assist in any way possible.

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to assisting you shortly.

With the John Deere Operations Centre, farmers and contractors can manage their farm data anywhere at any time. The app is user-friendly and customers can be linked to their machines, fields and operators on their smartphone or farm computer.

John Deere is constantly developing the Operations Centre, in particular to simplify its use and to enable trouble-free data entry from mixed fleet equipment. The latest updates are designed to make the system even smarter and more compatible.

Thanks to a new function, with just a few clicks all processes can be adjusted in the Operations Centre even after fieldwork is finished. This allows farmers to manage operations just as flexibly as with a field book, which is usually kept in the tractor.

If the tractor driver has accidentally documented the wrong crop variety during drilling, for example, this can easily be corrected later on. Further adjustments are also possible for worked area, plant protection products, tank mixtures, harvest year and crop calibration on the combine, among others. By using the free-of-charge MyOperations app, operators can also add data if they have forgotten to start the documentation or if the machine is not able to record data.

For customers with mixed fleets, the Operations Centre offers several options to import external data. For example, most common third-party displays can be connected using the respective ‘in-house’ format. Alternatively, data from machines with displays documenting the fieldwork in ISOXML format can be imported into the Operations Centre via a USB stick. This also works with historic machine data if it is still available somewhere else, for example saved on a computer hard drive.

For fleet management, the cloud-to-cloud solution DataConnect from
CLAAS, 365FarmNet and John Deere is now fully available. Currently the following machine data can be viewed in the user’s preferred web portal: current and historic machine positions, fuel tank levels, the machine’s work status and speeds. DataConnect can also be used for harvesting logistics and to organise logistic chains.

Even machines without a telematics system can be included in fleet management by using the optional location sharing function within the MyOperations app. This function can be activated by the driver and uses the smartphone’s position to determine the machine’s location.

In addition, the Operations Centre offers functions for better yield analysis. Crop yields of winter wheat for example can be displayed in a bar chart in which each field is shown individually, one above another. A dotted line through all the bars indicates the average yield, which makes differences easier to identify and analyse.

At Agritechnica 2019, John Deere announced a solution to reduce machine set-up times for farmers and contractors in the field. This new function will be available shortly, and guidance lines, seed rates, application maps and many other fieldwork operations can be defined on a smartphone or in the Operations Centre.

With this system, the driver gets the information sent to the tractor display. After the data has been imported once, all the settings for steering and documentation are automatically activated when the tractor enters the field boundary and only one click is needed.

The Operations Centre can also provide additional functionality through connections to software providers and their individual solutions. More than 250 companies worldwide are already linked to the John Deere Operations Centre, with different options available depending on the country. In each case, the customer can decide which additional software they want to connect to their Operations Centre account in order to exchange data.

The third round of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant (CPSG) scheme is open until noon on 4th November 2020.

As a farmer, you can apply for funding towards equipment that will help to improve your businesses technical efficiency, animal health and welfare, resources efficiency or nutrient management.

The eligible items can be found under Annex 3 in the handbook https://bit.ly/34Zk8tN

These include but are not limited to: GPS steering for older tractors, HarvestLab yield sensors for forage harvesters or Variable Rate controllers for spreaders or sprayers.

Full details can be found here: https://bit.ly/3j0W2nl

Check out the eligible equipment from the scheme and speak to our Sales Team to see what we can supply and how we can save you money.

Why should you Tilly your Trailer? 

Agricultural trailers are not registered for road use in the UK, and unlike commercial trailers they are not subject to an annual Ministry of Transport (MOT) Test. This can result in trailers not being maintained in accordance with the recommended requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER98). This leaves a potential for illegal trailers running in a dangerous and unroadworthy condition. 

The Tilly Pass is a scheme run by Farmers in Bedfordshire and has moved the Farming industry forwards by working closely with the main trailer manufacturers throughout the UK & Ireland. 

They are members of the NFU Farm Safety Partnership and are working closely with the NFU Mutual and a number of other authorities to give farmers and owners of trailers a clear understanding of their duty of care. 

The Tilly Pass and NFU Mutual join forces 

Over the past few months, the NFU Mutual have been meeting with the Tilly Pass to establish the best way forwards for owners of trailers that are insured with the Mutual to meet their legal obligations with the HSE PUWER 98 Regulations. 

The NFU Mutual Sector Lead for Farming and Agriculture David Harrison along with the underwriters have updated the Sector through their 300 UK agencies with all details on how to comply by contacting the Tilly Pass to book all their trailers/muck spreaders and other trailed items for their annual inspection and registration. 

New trailers 

Every new trailer purchased through one of our authorised dealerships will start its working life with a Tilly Pass at point of PDI. This is an important step forward for farmers, giving them an opportunity to purchase a registered trailer which will be inspected annually, providing a detailed history of compliance. 

A new StarFire 20-2 software update is now available. This is a mandatory update for both StarFire 6000 and 3000 receivers.

The most important part of the 20-2 software update is that it positions the current StarFire 6000 and StarFire 3000 receivers to continue operating in future. Changes coming with the 20-2 software update also prepare the StarFire network to support new satellite constellations and the next generation StarFire receiver.

These software updates must take place by 1st February 2021. Those receivers that have not been updated will not receive the StarFire correction signal and will only operate on EGNOS.

EGNOS WILL NOT SUPPORT AUTOTRAC.

The Hunt Forest Group Precision Ag team will be in contact with you during the upcoming months to book your receiver in for its software update to help minimise any disruption to your business.

Following the announcements from the Prime Minister earlier this week, please see our COVID Risk Statement here.

We are still adhering to the COVID Secure guidelines and are limiting access to some showrooms where it is an unnecessary risk. Please contact your local branch who will be able to assist you ahead of a visit.

If you are invited into the showroom or the doors are open, please make sure you are wearing a mask if you enter. We are working with the NHS COVID-19 App and supplying QR codes at each branch for staff and customers to scan and “check-in”.

Hunt Forest Group are suppliers of Telematic Tracking Devices that can be fitted to a range of machines from Compact Tractors to Gators and Ifor Williams Trailers to Construction Equipment.

Protecting your assets with one of these devices gives you peace of mind that should the worst happen, your assets can be easily tracked and recovered.

Recently a customer of ours had their John Deere Gator stolen from a rural location in the early hours of the morning. It was fitted with one of our fleet trackers.  We are pleased to report that with our assistance and tracking system this was recovered by the police the same morning just a few hours later.

Our smart tracking devices are waterproof with built-in accelerometer & gyroscope sensors generating highly accurate data, they also utilise European Roaming Sim Cards thus providing coverage even in Europe. These also come with an internal battery backup for added security. Our devices are connected to your own secure online portal where you can create geofences and alerts as well as generate utilisation reports. You can track your assets in real-time by using the portal on a computer or by using an app on your smartphone.

With rural crime increasing to £54 million in 2019, its highest level for eight years it has never been more important to protect your assets. For the second year running the theft of agricultural vehicles rose accounting for an increase of nearly 25% to £9.3 million. NFU Mutual’s Annual Rural Crime Report.

Protect your equipment and investment with one of our systems, for more information please speak to your local salesman.

Prices start from £200 a year based on a 5-year subscription term for one device, other packages available.

 

Are you a budding photographer? Would you like your photo featured in the Hunt Forest Group 2021 Calendar?

We are looking for images of machinery and equipment purchased from Hunt Forest Group working throughout the year – whether it be agricultural, professional turf or construction.

Successful entrants will receive a copy of the finished calendar and a limited edition Hunt Forest Group t-shirt!

How to enter:

Please submit your entries by emailing them to info@huntforest.com with the photo/s attached. Photos need to be in landscape orientation and as high a resolution as possible – preferably 300dpi or above.  Please send the original file. If the file is too large for your email provider please use WeTransfer

Entries to be submitted by 11th September 2020.  The winners will be announced on 30th September 2020.

(In entering this competition you agree to allow Hunt Forest Group to use your image for social media and website purposes).

Only customers wearing face masks will be allowed into the Hunt Forest Group showrooms from 24th July. If you do not have a face mask, please call from outside the branch for assistance.

This guidance has come from the government and will help to limit exposure to our staff and customer alike.

If you are suffering any symptoms, please also call for assistance rather than enter the premises.

Following their successful introduction at Agritechnica 2019, John Deere’s 6M Series tractors have been delivered to customers since January 2020. With this brand new tractor series, John Deere raised the bar in this tractor segment by delivering excellent visibility, manoeuvrability and unique payload capacity combined with more operator comfort, while reaching new performance levels.

In the company’s ongoing effort to serve customers with affordable solutions, John Deere has continued to develop the 6M Series and is now launching several major updates. The four-cylinder models are now available with the proven AutoPowr transmission plus a brand new and unique guidance solution, AutoTrac on Corner Post Display, as well as a number of other new options.

Thanks to the sloping bonnet design combined with the corner post display, the four short-frame 6M models offer unobstructed visibility to the front. By adopting the popular 6430 Premium tractor wheelbase of 2400mm, they also deliver excellent manoeuvrability, with a tight turning radius of 4.35m. Despite their compact size, the maximum permissible gross weight of 10.45 tonnes on these models leads to an unmatched vehicle payload of up to 4.7 tonnes.

In addition to the 6M range’s existing gearbox options, the availability of AutoPowr now offers customers the largest choice of transmissions in this tractor segment. Together with the full Auto mode and its automatic engine/transmission management, AutoClutch enables the operator to stop the tractor by simply using the brake pedal, which makes a huge difference when carrying out a lot of shuttle work for example.

Furthermore, the aggressiveness of AutoPowr’s forward/reverse operation can be adjusted via the corner post display. Customers looking for a more affordable solution can choose AutoPowr on the right-hand console with either mechanical or electrohydraulic SCVs. For more comfort, the Premium Edition option features AutoPowr on the compact CommandArm.

Alongside the well-established AutoTrac system, John Deere is now introducing a new entry level guidance solution on all 6M Series models. With the unique AutoTrac on Corner Post Display, there is no longer any need for an extra cab display. All the new system needs to operate AutoTrac is a StarFire satellite receiver and it’s ready to go. Customers can save up to 30 per cent of the cost of a separate display, but maintain full flexibility of choice as an upgrade is possible at any time.

Building on John Deere’s full-frame concept, the 6M Series models are also ideal front loader tractors and are perfectly matched to the new M Series models announced in May. Complementing  the R Series range, M Series loaders are specifically designed for customers who need a versatile, lighter loader at an attractive price without compromising lift height.

The loaders’ slim design complements the tractors’ manoeuvrability and is fully compatible with John Deere front hitches, allowing full front axle oscillation and maximum steering angles while still leaving room to access the tractor’s service points.

Within the four-cylinder tractor range, the 6140M has already become a bestseller. With its 2.58m wheelbase and weighing just under six tonnes, this light and agile tractor delivers an impressive maximum power of 155hp and even up to 166hp with Intelligent Power Management. As a result, this versatile model combines all the advantages of a compact four-cylinder tractor together with a high power output.

As another new option, the larger six-cylinder 6175M and 6195M tractors can now be equipped with a 155-litre/min hydraulic pump, for farmers and contractors who are looking for a high-performance machine at an affordable price. In addition, anyone who would like to test drive the new 6M Series tractors can now virtually step into the latest 6120M model in the popular Farming Simulator computer game.

John Deere has developed two new mid-range trailed sprayers, designated the R700i Series. Premium features of the R732i and R740i models are precision and intelligent technology.

The trend for plant protection sprayers is not only for larger tank volumes and wider booms. Farmers and contractors are also asking for higher accuracy, reduced chemical use and more comfort when filling and operating the sprayer. John Deere’s R900i Series trailed range and R4100 Series self-propelled sprayers are leading in this area, and with the new R700i models this technology is now entering the mid-range sprayer segment.

The R732i and R740i are available with tank capacities of 3200 and 4000 litres respectively and booms from 18 to 30m, with premium features including the proven PowrSpray dual-circuit solution system. This reduces filling times, improves spray application and increases accuracy.

PowrSpray has two hydraulically driven pumps on separate circuits. The self-priming filling pump fills the solution tank at up to 600 litres/min within seven minutes, while the 750-litre/min spraying pump delivers high output and exceptional spray accuracy. With this system, the spray pressure regulator has been eliminated. Instead, direct rate control reacts to changes in spraying speed or target application rate by adjusting the speed of the pump. The fast response time is enabled by a load-sensing hydraulic pump drive.

Both these new sprayers can also be equipped with an individual nozzle control system. This electronic solution allows customers to save up to five per cent of the cost of plant protection products, which is worth about €6 per hectare.

Other features include a new multi-functional control lever and the Solution Command operator station. Both enable users to control the sprayer more easily and comfortably. In addition to the standard integrated displays, the R700i Series sprayers are ISOBUS-ready and can be operated with the tractor’s GreenStar 4240 and 4640 displays. As a result, all precision ag applications such as Section Control, AutoTrac automatic steering and AutoTrac Vision can be used.

Using Wireless Data Transfer, application data can be exchanged between machines and the farm office, or even shared with third parties. Using this cloud-based platform, farmers can access and manage all the data and files related to their spraying applications, even more so since ISOXML data files can now be used in the MyJohnDeere.com Operations Centre. In addition, with the related MyOperations app customers can manage their data from any internet-enabled device no matter where they are.

The new R700i Series trailed sprayers are also available with a closed transfer system (CTS) ready option. This makes it easier to connect the sprayer’s filling station to any closed transfer system and avoid any contact with plant protection liquids, for maximum operator safety.

Just eight months after launching its new generation 7R Series tractors at Agritechnica 2019, John Deere has announced another significant update to the range. The new flagship 7R 350 model offers an ideal power to weight ratio to deliver unmatched acceleration and transport efficiency.

The 7R Series models introduced in Hanover last November received a major upgrade with a brand new luxury cab, the CommandPRO joystick, a top-quality seat with massage function, DAB+ touchscreen radio with Apple CarPlay compatibility and a 6.1 speaker system, enhanced Precision Ag technology features and much more.

Featuring the stepless AutoPowr transmission as standard, the new top of the range 7R 350 tractor completes the 7R Series and can be ordered now from John Deere’s European dealer network. Developing up to 388hp with Intelligent Power Management and with a minimum shipping weight of only 11.4 tonnes, this latest model boasts an impressive power to weight ratio of just 29kg/hp.

At the same time, on all 7R Series tractors equipped with a 40kph transmission and front axle brakes, payload has been increased by two tonnes to match the maximum permissible weight of 18 tonnes. More flotation is also offered with the new availability of IF650/60R34 front tyres and up to IF900/60R42 rear tyres.

First-class steering capability is provided by the enhanced ActiveCommand Steering 2. This is an electronic system that uses a gyroscope to sense any tractor yaw and automatically compensates drift to stay perfectly on track. Operators are now able to adopt various settings in the CommandCentre display to match personal preferences.

Variable Ratio Steering can be turned on and off, steering sensitivity can be adjusted and steering wheel resistance can be tuned, all individually. The field proven and popular automatic reduction to 3.1 lock-to-lock steering remains available to allow quick and convenient headland manoeuvres.

John Deere has also expanded its digital offering. Complementary to the established Wireless Data Transfer between the tractor’s CommandCentre display and the remote computerised Operations Centre, the latest MyOperations app can now serve as a digital field record. Using the app, operators can document any task and know that the data will be safely stored in their personal Operations Centre account.

Of particular interest to contractors, the newly enhanced functionality of the MyJohnDeere.com Operations Centre now allows ISOXML boundary and documentation data to be imported from other displays and portals. This enables seamless data transfer and collaboration within mixed fleets and with different customers.

Lower costs per hour are also guaranteed with more favourable warranty terms, which are being introduced based on the proven reliability of these tractors in recent years. The standard factory warranty has doubled to two years or 2000 hours, the same as on John Deere 8R and 9R Series tractors. In additional, the optional PowerGard Protection/Plus warranty extension terms are now even more cost-effective, with terms reaching up to eight years or 8000 hours.

John Deere Connected Support also continues to provide major customer benefits, with a range of remote tools allowing dealer specialists to proactively support operators in getting the best from their machines. Expert Alerts in particular have proved to be key in reducing potential downtime to the absolute minimum.

John Deere has expanded its header line-up for combine harvesters to include the brand new HD Hinged Drapers range, new HydraFlex Drapers and a BP15 Belt Pickup. Each is compatible with the new John Deere X-Series and most S-Series, T-Series and W-Series combines, to help achieve maximum harvesting capacity while minimising grain losses in a wide range of crops and conditions.

John Deere HDX (Hinged Draper EXtended Table) Drapers are ideal for small grains and oilseed rape growers who want to maximise their combine’s performance across various crops, changing conditions and uneven or rolling terrain while capturing more grain. “The HDX has a new hinged frame that provides unmatched terrain following capability with twice the wing range of a MacDon FD1 FlexDraper, with uniform cut height when harvesting on undulating or uneven terrain,” says John Deere product marketing manager Jonathan Edwards. The HDX provides wing tip travel of up to 300cm and features an extra deep belt design of 1200mm, 12 percent more than the nearest competitor.

An HDX Draper will help unlock more of the combine’s harvesting capacity and capture more grain from the field, especially when harvesting down or lodged crops, according to Edwards. “Designed specifically for European customers, these easy-to-use drapers effectively pick up and sweep the down or lodged crop across the cutterbar to recover more of the crop, thanks to a consistent distance between the reel fingers and cutterbar, an increased reel range and higher reel drive motor torque. Up until now customers have had to compromise between draper feeding technology and overall performance in oilseed rape. The HDX is the first draper we have ever tested in rapeseed that would outperform an auger header in terms of rated capacity and maximum throughput.”

HDX Drapers are fitted with patented John Deere grain-saver draper belts as standard. Together with the fingered top augers, these belts can reduce oilseed rape cutterbar and pod shatter loss by up to 25 percent when compared with traditional draper systems. HDX Drapers are available in cutting widths from 10.7 to 13.7m (35 to 45ft).

John Deere has also launched the HDR (Hinged Draper Rigid Knife) model. This is aimed at farmers growing little or no oilseed rape and is available in sizes from 10.7 to 15.2m (35 to 50ft).

The new John Deere RDF (Rigid Draper Flex Knife) HydraFlex Drapers are based on the field-proven cutting technology of the existing 700FD model, while providing new features to reduce grain loss. RDF HydraFlex Drapers are compatible with the new X-Series plus S-Series, T-Series and W-Series combines, and are compatible with models dating back to 2012.

All RDF HydraFlex Drapers feature a new two-speed centre feed section that allows operators to slow down the feed drum and centre feed belt by 20 percent. “This puts more grain in the tank by reducing free grain loss – operators can easily go from high to low speed to save easy shelling crops such as soybeans,” says Edwards. “Two centre feed belt options are available as standard equipment to optimise the RDF HydraFlex Draper for multiple crops and conditions.”

These drapers continue to use the field-proven John Deere four-inch double-cut, dual driveshaft HydraFlex cutterbar. The knife system provides industry leading cutting performance by making 1980 cuts per minute with a flex range of 190mm to enable faster harvesting speeds.

John Deere is also offering the BP15 (Belt Pickup) for small grains and oilseed growers who need to harvest swathed crops with an X-Series, S-Series or T-Series combine. “These new belt pickups deliver a 20 percent faster feed rate than the Deere 615P, to easily handle high-volume crops in tough conditions,” says Edwards. “Compared with the 615P, this new pickup has a wider opening with adjustable feed auger flighting and tines that allow the platform to harvest more hectares per hour. When used with an X9 combine, for example, the BP15 can handle nine hectares of oilseed rape per hour.”

The BP15 features improved feed rate adjustability to handle large or bulky crops, with a standard two-speed auger drive sprocket delivering the increased feed rate that is ideal for harvesting oilseed rape. A slower speed feed rate can be used for less bulky crops such as cereals and grass seed. A factory installed crop shield minimises grain loss by preventing crop from building up and laying on the feederhouse.

“Operators will spend less time making adjustments and more time harvesting,” says Edwards. “For example, no tools are needed to adjust the height of the large, 510mm gauge wheels for varying windrow conditions and crop types.”

Each of the new drapers, auger platforms and the belt pickup come with a header control unit (HCU) that communicates seamlessly with the combine. The HCU saves header specific factory calibration settings and collects and sends header width information to the combine for accurate yield mapping. “The HCU also detects and reports header specific diagnostic codes and tracks hours of use and maintenance intervals,” says Edwards.

John Deere dealers will start taking orders for the drapers and belt pickup later this summer. For more details visit your local dealer or www.deere.co.uk.

John Deere has added two new X-Series combine harvester models to its 2021 harvesting line-up to help large-scale farmers harvest more tonnes per hour and more hectares per day, specifically in tough, high yielding, wet conditions. The new X9 1000 and X9 1100 combines represent the next level of John Deere harvesting performance and are now the flagship machines in John Deere’s range of harvesting solutions.

The X9 1100 can harvest wheat at an impressive 100 tonnes per hour at less than one per cent grain loss. “As conditions change, the X9 combine can make automatic adjustments for the operator so it consistently operates at peak levels,” says John Deere product marketing manager Jonathan Edwards.

The X-Series combines feature the widest feederhouse on the market, which is the foundation for the X9’s performance. Coupled with a new dual rotary separator and the industry’s largest cleaning shoe, these work together to improve crop flow and increase harvesting capacity.

“The crop transitions from the feederhouse and is fed very evenly by the chevron-design feed accelerator towards the heart of the new combine – the X-Series Dual Separator (XDS). With the largest active threshing and separation areas John Deere has ever offered, crop in the XDS is handled through nine revolutions, resulting in low losses and increased harvesting capacity,” says Edwards.

The 3.51m long XDS rotors have taken the proven modular concept from the S-Series combines, with dedicated sections for threshing and separation. Alongside the traditional threshing elements, the separation area utilises a finger design to tease the last grains from the crop mat, so enhancing performance in conditions that are less than ideal.

The X9 is designed to excel in northern, high moisture, tough separation conditions where this machine has been tested extensively and has been proven to achieve over 100 tonnes/hr at a one per cent loss level.

The 7m2 Dyna-Flo XL cleaning shoe has 36 per cent more cleaning area and, thanks to a brand new fan system, delivers 45 per cent more cleaning capacity than the S-Series. This enables the highest grain quality on the market and once more underlines that these new combines are clearly positioned above any previous combine offering, addressing the needs of the largest and most demanding customers across Europe.

During harvest, the highly fuel-efficient X-Series combines can run for up to 14 hours without refuelling and are powered by an all-new John Deere PowerTech 13.6-litre six-cylinder diesel engine delivering up to 700hp (515kW). As on the successful 9000 Series self-propelled forage harvesters, the X9 also features HarvestMotion, a robust belt-drive system which delivers 20 per cent lower fuel consumption and 30 per cent more torque, as well as lower engine rpm.

To ensure customers can spend maximum time harvesting, the X9’s 1250-litre fuel tank can be fully refuelled in under 2.5 minutes with the new Fast Fuel System, providing filling speeds of up to 550 litres/min.

Throughout the development of the X-Series combines, John Deere has focused heavily on harvesting efficiency. Through groundbreaking developments in transmissions, crop handling, cleaning systems and the new Xcel straw chopper knives, harvesting power requirements have been reduced by 120hp (86kW), while at the same time delivering increased performance. As testimony to this concept, the X9 was awarded a DLG silver medal for its ‘large combine efficiency package’ at Agritechnica 2019.

The brand new ProDrive XL is a true seamless transmission featuring key benefits such as:

  • 30 per cent more torque than the existing ProDrive for hillsides, as well as wet and muddy conditions;
  • 40kph;
  • engine speed management to 1700rpm to maximise efficiency on the road.

ProDrive XL uses an industry exclusive double pump technology system. It engages both pumps immediately on starting, to ensure maximum torque is available. As the forward speed increases and the torque demand decreases the second pump output is reduced, decreasing the power and fuel requirements. X-Series combines are available on wheels or tracks with a transport width below 3.5m.

The X9 also features a brand new cab offering the latest equipment and options including seat heating and ventilation, a seat massage function and an app-enabled radio. With three different cab specification levels, Select, Premium and Ultimate, there is something to suit every budget and taste.

With the ability to harvest longer than any machine on the market in conditions that are less than ideal, visibility at night has not been overlooked. With LED lighting as standard, night can be turned into day, while other features such as gull-wing LED lights on the Ultimate visibility package provide a nice finishing touch.

The X9 also has a full suite of on-board technology and depending on the packages chosen, it can be equipped with AutoMaintain, Active Terrain Adjustment and Active Yield.

JDLink is available free of charge on both models for two years. This enables machine-to-machine communication and makes it easy for the owner and operator to send field and agronomic data to and from the machine, as well as share machine performance information. With John Deere Connected Support, owners also get unmatched dealer service through Expert Alerts – an industry exclusive – where potential downtime is detected and resolved before it happens.

The X9 1000 grain tank holds 14,800 litres and the X9 1100 up to 16,200 litres of grain, with unloading rates of up to 186 litres/sec. Folding unloading augers with an adjustable spout are available for the X-Series in various lengths.

John Deere is so confident about the performance of this machine that it will be running the X-Series Challenge, where £25,000 (€25,000 in Ireland) is offered to anyone who can beat the X-Series combine in the field. This challenge is open to any production combine on the market today, with registration via the John Deere country websites.

John Deere dealers will start taking orders for the new X-Series combines later this summer. For more details visit your local dealer or www.deere.co.uk.

John Deere has added the new X9 1000 and X9 1100 to the lineup of combines for 2021. These machines have been designed with large scale farmers in mind, focussing on increasing yields, especially in high-moisture corn and tough wheat, they deliver the performance and capacity you need without sacrificing grain quality — all while using less fuel.

As conditions change, the combine can make automatic adjustments to ensure it is always operating at it’s highest capacity.

The new cab offers the best in comfort and convenience. And integrated precision ag technology makes it easy for you to take your harvest to a higher level. JD Link comes as standard on both models, improving machine-to-machine communication, and enabling better sharing of agronomic and machine performance information. That’s Harvesting to the Power of X.

*Performance claims are based on internal testing, and on-field and crop conditions at the time of testing; individual results may vary. Preproduction models showed; specifications and design subject to change.

Have you heard of MYKUHN?

This innovative service from Kuhn Farm Machinery UK allows you to sign up and register your machines by serial number enabling you to create parts orders, access operators manuals and much more.

There is up to date expert news, special offers on finance and parts and an opportunity to find and save our details so you can contact us quickly and easily. You will also receive notifications when we organise KUHN events near you.

And the best part?! MYKUHN is FREE and available on all devices!

You can register at https://mykuhn.kuhn.com/uk

“How to” registration video.

Ensure your tractors air con is in full working order with our air con system check over and recharge offer for £175 + VAT.

Air-con needs regular maintenance to ensure that it is functioning as efficiently as possible. Over time bacteria, mould and fungi can build up on the evaporator in your air-con system which produces an unpleasant smell when switched on. In some cases, this can cause sickness and respiratory problems as bacterial spores are blown into the cab of the machine.

Our full system check includes:

  • Cab air intake and recirculation filter check and clean (replacement if needed)
  • Condenser clean
  • Compressor drive belt check
  • Drain, clean and recharge of refrigerant (top up if needed)
  • Leak test and UV leak detector added to the system
  • System pressure check and operation check
  • System de-odour and de-bug

Within a 12 mile radius of the depot. John Deere tractors only. Additional refrigerant, filters and parts charged additionally. Offer valid until 31/08/2020.

Please see our open hours for Friday 8th and Saturday 9th May.

Our out of hours servicing phone numbers can be found here. 

 

Friday 8th May Saturday  9th May
Chilbolton 08:00 – 17:00 08:00 – 12:00
Isle of Wight Branch closed, on call 08:00 – 12:00
North Warnborough Branch closed, on call 08:00 – 12:00
Tilshead 08:00 – 17:00 08:00 – 12:00
Blashford Branch closed, on call 08:00 – 13:00
Sparkford Branch closed, on call 08:00 – 13:00

Welcome to our third edition of the New Horizon magazine. We hope you’ll enjoy catching up on all the latest goings-on within the business and with our customers.

Read the latest edition here: https://www.yumpu.com/user/huntforestgroup

Also included are special offers and discounts on a range of parts, services and wholegoods.

Explore the new range of John Deere tractors, including the 5, 6, 7 and 8 Series, request a demonstration of the Kuhn Merge Max 950, take advantage of 0% finance on Kuhn equipment or the special prices on selected John Deere ride-on lawnmowers. Take advantage of our 1026R paddock package, or own one of the last in-stock limited edition black Kramer telehandlers or why not explore contract hire for your new Gator?

Find out about our limited time offers, such as Tractor air conditioning system checks, JD sprayer AR series pump overhaul, fixed price Yanmar servicing, John Deere Active Yield Offers and ride-on lawn mower servicing offers.

Enjoy your read!

We’re pleased to announce the launch of our NEW online shop! Featuring John Deere ride on, walk-behind, zero turn and robotic mowers along with STIHL handheld equipment.

The beauty of the online shop is that it offers a non-contact transaction at this time of increased concerns around the transmission of COVID-19.

You can browse our website
?Find the product you like (if you would like further guidance please call your local branch),
?Add to basket and pay online and we’ll take care of the rest!
?We offer a responsible preparation of the machine (ensuring it is sanitised) and offer free delivery to your door* where we will carry out a non-contact handover.

So, if your garden is looking in need of some TLC or your chainsaw is on it’s way out – why not order now for free delivery to your door!

Visit: shop.huntforest.com

*within a 15-mile radius of any Hunt Forest Group branch.

Hunt Forest Group would like to reassure our customers that our staff are taking measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. We are trying to minimise the impact this has on the services we offer you by keeping the disruption to a minimum

Updated 24.03.2020

In light of last night’s speech from Boris Johnson, all branches will now be offering contact-free, customer collections.

Internal steps to minimise infection:

  • Cleaning routine has been implemented
  • Government guidance has been put in all branches regarding hand washing
  • We have limited the number of staff within the offices
  • We have cancelled courses, meetings and training events
  • We are avoiding physical contact – shaking hands etc.
  • Limiting the movement of staff between branches

Departmental Measures:

Parts

  • Parts orders can be placed by call or email and can be collected outside the branch
  • Delivery can be arranged via courier, to your chosen address if required (until further notice)
  • Please email your local parts department on the following email addresses or call the branch directly for parts and service:

01264 860 532  chilboltonparts@huntforest.com

01983 721 426  rookleyparts@huntforest.com

01256 704 268  northwarnboroughparts@huntforest.com

01980 621 114  tilsheadparts@huntforest.com

01425 472 572  blashfordparts@huntforest.com

01935 318 810  sparkfordparts@huntforest.com

Service

  • We will complete as many repairs at the customer location as possible
  • Technicians will abide by strict distancing and hygiene rules
  • Technicians will clean contact areas with anti-bacterial wipes before and after repairs/services
  • Our workshops will be closed to customer access, but will still be operational, please call your local branch to arrange service or repairs.

Sales

  • Salesmen will be working remotely to avoid direct contact
  • Please check our website for email, mobile and branch contact details
  • All supplier representative appointments are postponed

Precision Ag and Demonstration Department

  • We have made the decision to halt with immediate effect any tractor or machine demonstrations that require two people in a cab at the same time
  • Demonstrations of implements will continue as they do not require staff to be in the cab at the same time as the customer
  • Demonstrations of equipment such as cultivators will continue until further notice with a safe distance between the customer and staff member
  • Installations will instead be offered via Remote Display Access sessions to train operators
  • Phone support will not be affected, so please continue to call the Precision Ag and Demonstration team if you have an issue
  • Staff will aim to protect themselves and customers by keeping demonstration machines as clean as possible using disinfectant products and nitrile gloves where appropriate.

We will continue to do our utmost to support our valued customers during this unprecedented time. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time and we will update our communications in line with government guidance.

Updated 25th September 2020

Please see our COVID Risk Statement here.

John Deere’s new premium XUV 865R Gator is the most comfortable model ever produced in the company’s popular cross-over utility vehicle range. This 23hp diesel-powered model combines the established high performance of the XUV 865M with a wide range of additional operator-friendly features, including a luxurious cab environment.

Standard specification includes a continuously variable transmission with on-demand four-wheel drive, power steering, fully independent suspension and an attachment-ready electrical system. The quiet, fully equipped cab provides comfortable car-style seating for up to three people when driving off-road, as well as easy-opening door handles, a fully opening windscreen and a proven, extremely efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

In addition, the cab features an attractive tan-coloured interior that has been ergonomically redesigned, with the easy-to-use automotive-style controls now conveniently located in the centre of the dash. The streamlined roof moves water to the outside edges, and both the high-level front and rear lights are set below the roofline for better protection.

The R trim specification also provides the fully enclosed cab with a wide range of extra standard features, including an adjustable 40/60 bench seat, tiltable steering wheel, sun visors, a windshield wiper and washer plus electrical wiring for attachments, as well as high- and low-beam LED headlights.

The XUV 865R Gator is powered by an 854cc three-cylinder, liquid-cooled OHV diesel engine producing 23hp at 3600rpm, with a top speed of 31mph (50kph) in high range. The true 4WD system has an auto-locking front differential and a dash-mounted electronic rocker switch for easy operation.

To complement the robust frame, the vehicle is equipped with four-wheel independent suspension. This has been designed to provide a smooth ride and optimum load carrying ability over challenging terrain, without compromising ride quality or vehicle stability.

The versatile deluxe cargo box is made of a durable composite material that eliminates rust and dents and reduces noise. There is an automotive-style tailgate handle and the rear lights are available with optional protectors. The cargo box can be easily converted to a flat-bed and has a load capacity of 454kg while towing capacity is 900kg and total payload is 680kg.

For extra versatility, the new John Deere XUV 865R Gator utility vehicle can be fitted with a wide range of attachments from snow blades to winches and features a large 42-litre fuel tank for longer running between fill-ups.

If you are interested in viewing a new Gator, we have them in stock across the dealership, so do get in touch with your local salesman to discuss your needs further.

Fixed price service winter offers and 2020 pricing for home and garden machinery are now available. Whether you are looking to get your ride on lawnmower, John Deere Gator, Stihl handheld tool or Ifor Williams trailer serviced, we’ve got an offer for you.

Winter service prices are valid until 31/12/2019 so make sure to book your machine in today to avoid disappointment.

Hunt Forest Group Home and Garden Pricing 2019 to 2020

John Deere has launched its next generation of self-propelled sprayers, manufactured at the company’s Horst factory in The Netherlands. With the new R4140i 4000-litre capacity and R4150i 5000-litre capacity machines, engineers have further increased performance, precision, safety and operator comfort.

The focus of these latest developments has been on improving sprayer output while ensuring that the highest possible application quality is maintained and also delivering an improved operator environment. The premium design cab offers a new generation operator interface with fully integrated technology, such as the John Deere universal 4640 display mounted on a new armrest.

JDLink telematics for wirelessly transferring data both to and from the sprayer is available as standard, including free activation for five years. An upgraded lighting package improves visibility at night, both when working in the field and filling the sprayer with chemicals, to ensure maximum productivity in all conditions. The new cab is available at two specification levels depending on customer requirements, as well as with optional Category 4 operator protection to meet the latest safety regulations.

Both models are available with steel booms from 24 to 36m wide and continue to use John Deere’s leading PowrSpray solution system, with direct rate control for fast filling and highly accurate application rates. Combined with the innovative, automated AirRinse system, this reduces the solution system’s dead volume to as low as 5 litres for maximum cleaning performance.

To ensure that nozzles are no longer a limiting factor for efficient spraying, ExactApply is now available as an option on the new R4140i and R4150i. Already available for two years on US machines, ExactApply is an ‘intelligent’ solution that combines the ability to change spray nozzles manually from the cab or automatically depending on application rate and speed. It can also maintain droplet size while changing speed through the use of pulse width modulation (PWM) technology up to 30Hz.

With ExactApply, each nozzle is controlled individually via GPS based section control. Furthermore, with PWM enabled, turn compensation ensures that application rates remain consistent across the full boom width even when turning the sprayer. ExactApply technology enables savings in crop protection products of around £5/ha, while at the same time yield can be increased by up to three per cent by reducing under/overdosing to a minimum.

To reduce non-productive time on the road, the sprayers also feature a new 50kph transmission option. Production of the John Deere R4140i and R4150i self-propelled sprayers starts in October 2019, with availability from dealers planned for early 2020.

 

We are proud to launch our Autumn edition of the “New Horizon” the newsletter from Hunt Forest Group.

Discover customer stories across agriculture, golf and construction alongside: new product launches, special 0% finance offers on the Kuhn Primor 3750M, special trade in offers on your old StarFire ITC receiver for £500 against a NEW StarFire 6000 receiver, parts & service offers, meet the team, autumn offers on homeowner equipment, Kuhn wearing metal offers, Combine Harvester Winter Pack Up prices for 2019, fixed price servicing on Yanmar equipment, pay nothing until June 2020 on a John Deere ex Demo V461M and 0% finance on Isuzu MY18 and MY19 pickup trucks.

The issues can be viewed here:

(T&C’s apply)

John Deere has added three new models to its range of large square balers, the L624 (70cm high by x 120cm wide), L633 (90 x 80cm) and L634 (90 x 120cm). These will be available for the 2020 season and replace the L1500 Series, while the single tie knotter 1424 and 1424C large square balers are no longer available. The new machines feature increased performance and operational safety as well as lower operating costs.

Due to short harvesting windows, customers are looking for baling solutions which offer maximum reliability, optimum performance and higher bale weights. John Deere’s new L600 Series large square balers have been designed to improve productivity by up to 15 per cent and bale weight by up to five per cent.

The L600 Series machines are fully ISOBUS compatible, which allows the operator to adjust and control various settings using all available ISOBUS displays. The newly designed pre-cutter can be controlled from the cab via the ISOBUS display and features knife group selection with a choice of 0, 11, 12 or 23 knives. This is a big improvement in operator comfort, as you don’t need to leave the cab to select different knife groups and can continue working without any restrictions.

For better monitoring of harvesting conditions, John Deere has also made further improvements to the machine’s moisture sensor. This now has a wider measurement range of 9 to 40 per cent, instead of 11 to 34 per cent on the previous models.

Baler components have been strengthened and optimised to deliver the promised higher productivity and operational safety benefits. The newly designed L624 and L634 models use a 468kg flywheel, which is 64 per cent heavier than on previous machines. All models feature an even, shear bolt free drive system, while hydraulic chamber pressure has been increased by 17 per cent from 180 to 210 bar.

Both the existing rotor options, RotoFlow HC and MaxiCut HC with 23 knives, will continue to be offered on the new range. Rotor diameter on the heavy-duty RotoFlow has been increased by 25 per cent. Available on the L624 and L634 models, this unit further improves crop intake and lowers the risk of blockages. The new balers also feature a 13 per cent larger roller baffle, and all rotor machines are optionally available with wear-resistant Hardox steel tines.

John Deere’s new L600 Series large square balers will be offered as standard with 2.3m wide pickups equipped with 10mm finger rake steel tines and hydraulic load sensing, and all models produce bales measuring from 60 up to 300cm long. The balers also feature new optimised software updates and can be customised to make the machines even more efficient and productive to meet different customer needs.

You are invited to Combine Training Schools at our Chilbolton branch 1st – 4th July 2019.
Sessions will run from 09:00 – 16:00 daily, and will include lunch which will be served from 12:30 – 13:00. All sessions will include insights from the Precision Ag team.

Monday 1st – S700 Series combine
Tuesday 2nd – T Series combines FT4 (with AdBlue)

Wednesday 3rd – S600 Series combine

Thursday 4th – T Series iT4 combine (No AdBlue)

It will be free for the primary operator to attend and all other attendees will be charged at £30.00 per day, per person. You can register your attendance below.

Please bring appropriate clothing for indoors and outdoors, as training will take place around static displays in the grounds, and in the training room

If you wish to attend, please complete the form below.

Submit

 

GreenMech Listened, Worked and Made it Awesome!

The long-awaited EVO 165 chipper is launching on the 17th May 2019.

Available in diesel or petrol and compliant with Stage V Emissions. With a whole host of new and improved features:  massive torque, aggressive, variable speed horizontal rollers, heavy duty one-piece chassis and flywheel, disc-blade technology, massive in-feed, refined floating bar, centralised greasing, simple shear-bar access, extended material throw, 114 dB(A) making it probably the quietest chipper on the market, designed and built for maximum performance and simple operation.

Click here to view the brochure.

For further information or to arrange a demonstration please contact your local branch.

We are open the following hours over the bank holiday weekend:

Saturday 4th May: Chilbolton, Tilshead, North Warnborough, Isle of Wight: 08:00 – 12:00 on call for the afternoon. Blashford & Sparkford: 08:00 – 13:00 on call for the afternoon.

Sunday 5th May: All branches are closed but on call. 

Monday 6th May: Chilbolton & Tilshead: 08:00 – 17:00 North Warnborough, Blashford, Sparkford, Isle of Wight closed but on call. 

Our out of hours phone numbers can be found here. 

 

We are looking for an enthusiastic parts employee for our North Warnborough branch near Basingstoke.

Job Function:

Responsible for the selling, receiving and delivery of parts and accessories. In addition, delivers in-store customer service, overall organizational promotional and stocking duties. 

Essential Duties:

  • Promotes and sells parts and/or services to meet customer needs.
  • Supplies Service Technicians with parts as required.
  • Assists with preparing and maintaining merchandise display.
  • Verifies receipt of incoming shipments and assists with locating Machine Down and Stock Orders in their correct location.
  • Follows up on shortages and accelerates issues by reporting to the Group Parts Manager.
  • Executes sales parts marketing plans and shares ideas for future campaigns.
  • Executes telemarketing sales operations.
  • Maintains control of inventory management, invoicing and other administrative tasks.
  • Assists in keeping parts inventory clean, orderly and well organized.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Competent knowledge of agricultural equipment and the farming industry
  • Ability to use standard computer applications and internet functions
  • Excellent customer relationship skills
  • Familiarity with John Deere and competitive products would be highly advantageous
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to work extended hours and weekends

Training will be offered for specific systems and parts knowledge through John Deere University. Pay will be based on experience and training. 

John Deere has recently launched pin code protection on StarFire 6000 receivers through the 19.1 software update.

New lockable brackets are now also available to deter thieves. Given the rise in thefts of receivers over the last few years, this is an affordable and effective way to protect your investment.

Have your StarFire 6000 receiver protected with the latest 19.1 software version 4.10J offering pin code protection, “pin code protected” sticker and a quick reference user guide – £50 + VAT

Have your StarFire 6000 receiver protected with the latest 19.1 software version 4.10J offering pin code protection, “pin code protected” sticker, StarFire 6000 locking roof bracket and a quick reference user guide – £99 + VAT

Contact our Precision Ag team to book your receiver in for the software update.

(All prices are + VAT and updates are to be completed at your local branch).

The connection between machine and field data is becoming increasingly important in modern agriculture. Contractors and farmers are demanding interfaces that allow easier use by different parties, such as agricultural machinery manufacturers, software developers, crop care suppliers, advisors and so on.

To enable more open access, John Deere has activated a new function called More Tools in the web-based MyJohnDeere.com Operations Centre. Farmers and contractors can already use the Operations Centre as a central platform to manage tasks and send data to machines, for example.

This new addition to the system now enables users to process data from external software companies and import their information via the Operations Centre, alongside existing John Deere software solutions such as Maps, Land Manager, Field Analyser, Team Manager etc.

Users can adjust the Operations Centre to suit their individual daily business needs through customisation and by adding more functions. At the same time, any data exchanges between the Operations Centre and connected software companies are fully controlled by the data owner, either manually or by agreeing to the establishment of a system for automatic data synchronisation.

Customers will, therefore, benefit from the open John Deere structure when entering and transferring details such as field and application maps, weather data etc. Currently, more than 20 companies in 29 countries in Western and Central Europe and Russia are connected, while globally the number exceeds 100 suppliers.

In order to generate further applications, John Deere hosted the first ‘Develop with Deere’ conference in November 2018, attended by 40 or so global companies offering software, field mapping, consultancy and other services.

Topics included open interfaces, data control and data security, among others. Following its successful launch, the event will now be held annually in order to develop and offer even more software tools to John Deere customers.

Join us for our annual spring launch – we have all the equipment you need whether you have a small garden, a rambling estate or a construction site. Come and have a go on our John Deere Gator track or look at our range of robotic, walk behind and ride on lawn mowers.

We stock the full range of Stihl equipment from the smallest domestic items to the largest professional equipment. GreenMech will be demonstrating their professional wood chippers and there will also be an exciting line-up of construction equipment from dumpers to diggers and whacker plates.

Why not bring your family? We will have a play area for children to try the push and pedal Rolly toy tractors. Come and meet our experts, enjoy some refreshments and plenty of “on the day” offers to get you in the mood for the coming year in the garden.

Address: Hunt Forest Group. Unit E,  Cadbury Business Park, Sparkford, Yeovil, BA22 7LH.

Tel: 01935 318 810

Dates:

  • Friday 29th March 9am – 6pm
  • Saturday 30th March 9am – 2pm

Email: info@huntforest.com

It is we with great pleasure that we launch the “New Horizon” magazines following the recent merger of New Forest Farm Machinery and R.Hunt Ltd. to form Hunt Forest Group.

We hope you’ll enjoy reading about changes within the company which have been made with the customer experience in mind. There are some great articles about our customers and their experiences with agricultural, turf and construction machinery and technology.

You can read the magazines here:

Why not pop into any of our branches to pick up your copy?

Whether it’s to work smarter, save more, or to make your machines last longer – this year, make some of the changes you’ve been thinking about to improve your business. This catalogue has all you need to make it happen – parts attachments and accessories for making sure you have a great 2019.

View the catalogue here

John Deere’s research and development work has been rewarded with two silver medals at the SIMA 2019 show, which will be held in Paris from 24 to 28 February 2019.

Machine Dashboard is the latest remote diagnostic tool developed by the company. This dealer tool is part of the John Deere Connected Support initiative, designed to enable a proactive dealer service approach and deliver customer value through machine connectivity and advanced data analytics. It reduces diagnostic time and minimises downtime, resulting in higher levels of machine availability, improved machine performance and lower operating costs.

This new service provides remote machine monitoring and notifications to John Deere dealers via the JDLink telematics system. Based on the customer’s consent, JDLink machine data are automatically analysed thanks to a patented algorithm, and the results are presented to the dealer in real time as a prioritised machine list. This allows the dealer to easily and quickly identify machines that require immediate service attention to minimise the risk of unexpected machine downtime.

Furthermore, Machine Dashboard fully integrates and exploits the capabilities of the Expert Alerts tool. Thanks to this tool, the dealer is proactively informed about potential machine component failures, with clear instructions on how to solve the issues identified. Both components allow customers and dealers to reduce service costs and improve operational efficiencies, to get work done on time with fewer service interruptions.

John Deere Connected Support tools including Expert Alerts and Machine Dashboard are available factory installed on new John Deere self-propelled equipment and can be dealer installed on recent model ranges, including 6M to 9R Series tractors, self-propelled sprayers, combines and forage harvesters.

Nearly 100 European John Deere dealers are already delivering machine services based on John Deere Connected Support. These innovative new service tools will be available in all EU-28 as well as most CIS countries.

With the Live NBalance tool, Airbus and John Deere are able to offer for the first time live monitoring of nitrogen balance in the field. This joint project is based on a combination of satellite images and machinery data, which continuously observe nitrogen uptake by the crop in each part of the field.

During the growing season, the service allows the farmer to make more informed decisions on subsequent fertiliser applications. After harvest, it summarises the total N applied and removed, ready to use for regulation purposes.

Farmers currently cannot obtain accurate, site-specific information about both applied and consumed nitrogen in their fields during the season; instead they have to make fertiliser management decisions based on personal experience and book values.

In addition, they do not have any opportunity to precisely check the efficiency of a particular nitrogen application. John Deere and Airbus have therefore combined their know-how to prototype an unprecedented service, by merging both machinery data and satellite images.

The system allows farmers to enter the available nitrogen content at the start of the growing season. The nitrogen and NH4-N content of organic fertilisers can be measured precisely by the John Deere Manure Sensing system using the HarvestLab 3000 sensor on a slurry tanker. Live NBalance also considers the total supply of organic and mineral nitrogen over time, using as-applied data.

During the growing season, highly accurate satellite images observe the crop’s development and provide details of the total nitrogen uptake over time. Non-uniform uptake rates and delays in plant growth can also be identified, and the farmer is able to see how much nitrogen is still available to the crop at any time, or if the plants aren’t getting enough.

This information allows application decisions to be adjusted accordingly and helps to avoid excess fertiliser being applied to the field, so application quality can be very quickly assessed.

At harvest the HarvestLab 3000 sensor measures the nitrogen content in the crop for the season’s N balance and the total of nitrogen applied and removed is summarised ready for regulatory use. Farmers therefore receive more reliable feedback on the efficiency of their fertiliser applications.

They can also replay a record of the season to put their daily farming operations into perspective alongside the final results, and as a result adapt if necessary their long-term site specific agronomic strategy as well as application practices.

All NBalance data is cloud-based and easily accessible for users, while also following high data privacy standards. The interactive dashboard provides a perfect overview and enables farmers to detect exactly when any developmental deviation occurs.

The first version of Live NBalance to be made available targets a full season’s applications. After this, a multi-annual system reflecting a complete crop rotation will be possible, to enable users to make a more comprehensive evaluation of the overall performance of their nitrogen fertiliser strategy at farm, crop and field levels.

About Airbus

Airbus Defence and Space is a subsidiary company of Airbus. The division develops innovative technology to provide customers with geospatial-driven information and help farmers to achieve more effective and sustainable crop production.

Following the recent announcement regarding the merger of R. Hunt Ltd with existing KUHN dealer, New Forest Farm Machinery, KUHN UK has the pleasure of appointing the newly created Hunt Forest Group as an approved supplier of its full range of agricultural and amenity equipment.

The appointment extends KUHN’s coverage in the South and South West of England: in addition to the existing KUHN stockists at New Forest Farm Machinery’s depots at Sparkford in Somerset and Ringwood in Hampshire, its products will also be available from the R. Hunt depots at Chilbolton and North Warnborough in Hampshire, Tilshead in Wiltshire and Rookley, Isle of Wight.

“The amalgamation of R. Hunt and New Forest Farm Machinery to form Hunt Forest Group has been met with a huge amount of positivity from our customers in Berkshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Somerset, Dorset and Isle of Wight,” explains Tim Hunt, Managing Director of the new business.

“Hunt Forest Group specialises in a range of key sectors including agricultural machinery, professional turf machinery, construction equipment, and homeowner machinery.  Our affiliation with KUHN enables us to extend this offering and gives our customers access to a much broader range of agricultural and amenity equipment.

“The KUHN brand is synonymous with producing robust, well-engineered and reliable equipment and we look forward to extending their technical sales advice, aftersales support and specialist parts expertise to our growing customer base.”

Sian Pritchard, Managing Director of KUHN UK adds: “We are pleased to welcome the extended Hunt Forest Group as an official KUHN dealer. Their expertise and professional approach to sales and aftersales support in the farming and grounds-care sectors perfectly complements and strengthens our existing network of approved distributors in southern England.  Their appointment demonstrates our commitment to both sectors within the region and we look forward to a long and successful partnership with the staff at all six of their depots.”

For more information go to www.kuhn.co.uk or www.rhunt.co.uk

Exciting times at Hunt Forest Group as we tee off in our new expanded golf and turf area. We are growing, if you are in turf or construction let’s make sure its together.

John Deere dealer Winchester Garden Machinery Ltd has decided to relinquish its professional golf & turf business at the end of October 2018, while retaining Deere’s full homeowner equipment franchise. Neighbouring dealers Farol Ltd and Hunt Forest Group will share WGM’s existing professional sales area of responsibility, with Farol’s Midhurst outlet covering West Sussex and Surrey and Hunt Forest Group at Chilbolton taking on Hampshire.

Winchester Garden Machinery has been supplying and maintaining garden and commercial grass care machinery since 1969. It will continue to trade as a main John Deere homeowner dealer, specialising in walk-behind mowers and lawn tractors, from its three domestic machinery sales locations at Winchester and Liss in Hampshire and Sunningdale in Surrey. The business also includes a Forest & Arb Sales division, which was introduced in the early 2000s.

“After over 20 years of supplying and supporting the professional golf & turf sector, Winchester Garden Machinery Ltd has taken the decision to relinquish the franchise for this side of John Deere’s business,” says WGM dealer principal Andrew Hoskings, the company’s owner and co-founder with industry stalwart Robin Nettle, who sadly died of cancer earlier this year. “This decision has not been taken lightly, and with the growth in other sectors of our business – domestic, forestry and commercial – we will continue to be strong trading partners with John Deere on homeowner equipment.

“We will continue to support John Deere’s professional machinery with warranty within the valid dates and undertake service work as required. Winchester Garden machinery is very proud of its association with John Deere and of our reputation as one of the UK’s largest specialist dealers of lawn and garden machinery, and we look forward to the future with confidence.”

R Hunt Ltd and New Forest Farm Machinery Ltd recently signed an agreement to merge their two businesses under the new name Hunt Forest Group from January 1, 2019. R Hunt has been a John Deere agricultural equipment dealer since 1971 and currently runs four outlets covering Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey and the Isle of Wight. New Forest Farm Machinery trades from two outlets in Hampshire and Somerset and has been a John Deere agricultural dealer since 1979, and a professional turf dealer since 1986.

“This new area of responsibility sees our business expand its professional turf coverage and capability into Winchester and East Hampshire by adding the John Deere turf franchise to our existing Chilbolton facility,” says Hunt Forest Group managing director Tim Hunt. “We will be providing full sales, service and parts support for all John Deere professional turf products from Chilbolton, alongside our other outlets from November 2018.

“Following the recent news regarding the creation of Hunt Forest Group, we are able to quickly leverage the experience and staff within our new organisation. We are pleased to say we have immediate coverage for the new professional turf area of responsibility in Hampshire, with knowledgeable staff who will already be very familiar to many customers. We are very excited about the opportunity this brings and look forward to our customers and Hunt Forest Group growing together.”

Hunt Forest Group will also use this as a catalyst to realign some other areas of it’s business. Effective 1 November all depots will become outlets for turf equipment except for North Warnborough.

Specifically, the Isle of Wight will become a full turf outlet and will have access to franchises currently held by NFFM as a direct account. This should help alleviate handling delays from the mainland where at all possible. Logistically, all turf customers on the Island will enjoy local service and support which should make it easy to do business with Hunt Forest Group.

As Hunt Forest Group looks to optimise our franchises over the coming months, we will also roll out access to some of those held by each business to increase our coverage and capability. This means for example we will stock a number of items such as Yanmar diggers and Greenmech chippers at each depot to create customer awareness and make these brands available to all.

To support these changes and to ensure focus on the necessary areas, Ed Smales will become Turf and Construction Sales Director. Ed’s responsibilities in addition to those he holds today will be to primarily manage the turf and construction areas of Hunt Forest Group to ensure continued growth, profitable market share and customer satisfaction.

“Tim Hunt added, we have a business built on quality of service and customer satisfaction. Having industry leading agricultural products has helped us grow and maintain an enviable position among our peers and adding not only John Deere turf but also construction to our portfolio will help us take Hunt Forest Group to the next level. It’s a hugely exciting for all of our staff and management team and we look forward to realising our ambitions”

Driven by the market demand for more power, more efficiency and more productivity in self-propelled forage harvesters with a transport width of less than 3m, John Deere is introducing an additional model to its current 8000 Series line-up for 2019.

Originally launched in 2014as the entry levelwide body SPFH model in the series, the 8600 will now top the current range of standard crop channel models from the 8100 to 8500. Even fitted with large 2.15m 710/75R42 front tyres, all the 8000 Series models remain within the critical road transport width of 3m.

The new 8600 SPFH is powered by John Deere’s PSX13.5-litre 625hp engine, which is the same as that fitted to the new entry-level wide body 9600 model. The 8600 will also be available with the new XStream KP kernel processor, which will be offered as an alternative to John Deere’s proven Premium kernel processor on all models from the 8300 to the 9900.

The XStream KP has been developed in partnership with the US-based company Scherer, an experienced leader in kernel processor technology. It is specifically designed to handle high throughputs and delivers high kernel processing scores and chopping performance at all cutting lengths. The kernel processor can be removed easily for quick changes between maize and grass.

All 8000 and 9000 Series self-propelled forage harvesters for 2019 can also be equipped with John Deere’s complete range of AMS precision farming systems, for improved operator comfort and cutting quality.

Building on the success of the 8000 Series, John Deere has announced four new self-propelled forage harvester models from 625 to 970hp.

The 9000 Series features the latest forage harvesting technology and will provide customers with 10 per cent more productivity while at the same time consuming 10 per cent less fuel, compared to John Deere’s current top of the range machines. In addition, when it comes to maize silage processing the 9000 Series consistently delivers 10 per cent higher kernel processing scores. These outstanding performance figures have been verified through numerous field tests by both John Deere and renowned independent research institutes.

The foragers have undergone a fresh, new design with striking elements including twin exhausts. At the heart of the three biggest models – the 9700, 9800 and 9900 – is a powerful 24.2-litre V12 Liebherr engine. This high-performance power unit is designed to operate efficiently at lower engine speeds; beneath 1400rpm it still provides oustanding torque capacity and copes easily with peak loads.

This feature combines with several other efficiency enhancing developments, such as optimised component speeds at low engine rpm, and forms the basis of John Deere’s new HarvestMotion concept, which significantly increases throughput and enables industry leading fuel economy.

The large crop channel width of 850mm is tailored to handle the tremendous throughput of these machines, to ensure the best possible forage quality and chopping efficiency. Because of the higher engine horsepower, these new foragers feature a reinforced drivetrain and improved mainframe. The proven DuraDrum cutterhead is also designed for handling massive crop flows independent of the selected length of cut.

John Deere has extended its range of kernel processors by introducing the XStream KP model. This high performance processor has been developed together with the US based company Scherer, an experienced leader in kernel processor technology. It is perfectly matched to the high-performance engine, providing a large roll diameter of 250mm and 50 per cent roll speed differential, thus increasing processing intensity by 10 per cent at all cutting lengths.

Kernel processor rolls are available with a standard sawtooth design on the Premium KP unit, and either the sawtooth or a new XCut design on the XStream KP,which features a spiral cut groove across the roll surface. Both roll designs are also available with the proven Dura Line heavy-duty coating for increased durability.

Another highlight of the new XStream KP is the built-in temperature monitoring system, which keeps the operator informed about the KP bearing temperature in order to prevent unnecessary machine downtime. As with the 8000 Series foragers, the kernel processor can be removed in just five minutes for quick changes between maize and grass.

The new 9000 Series self-propelled forage harvesters are available with John Deere’s complete range of AMS precision farming systems, for improved operator comfort and cutting quality. These include:

  • the new HarvestLab 3000 NIR (near infrared) sensor – view and document real-time measurements of crop yield, moisture and other constituents such as protein, starch, fibre etc as totals or in convenient site-specific maps
  • HarvestLab 3000 also enables AutoLOC automatic length-of-cut settings and silage additive dosing on the move, based on dry matter content
  • the same sensor system can be used in stationary mode for analysing clamp silage in order to manage feed rations more accurately, and for analysing the constituents in manure (eg N, NH4, P & K) when operating a slurry tanker
  • AutoTrac automatic steering
  • RowSense feeler guidance allows the forager to automatically follow maize rows
  • Active Fill Control (AFC) for automatic filling of trailers
  • the MyJohnDeere Operations Centre web portal for active fleet management and displaying machine and harvest data.

After undergoing demanding DLG field tests in the high-yielding maize fields of northern Italy and Germany, the new John Deere 9800 self-propelled forage harvester demonstrated significant increases in performance and efficiency. The machine was comprehensively tested and has received official DLG certification.

9000 Forager Video

The Hunt and Smales families are very pleased to announce that as of this week an agreement has been reached whereby R Hunt Ltd and New Forest Farm Machinery Ltd will merge to form a new company, Hunt Forest Group.

New Forest Farm Machinery is a high performing Agricultural, Professional Turf, Homeowner and Construction dealer trading from 2 outlets, New Forest Farm Machinery have recently opened a new turf equipment outlet at Cadbury Business Park in Sparkford, near Yeovil in Somerset. The premises serve the dealer’s extended trading area that was initially established in 2014 after New Forest took over the professional turf business of Rochford Garden Machinery. The dealership offers John Deere’s full range of professional golf and amenity turf equipment including mowers, aerators, sprayers, tractors and Gator utility vehicles, as well as homeowner and construction equipment. Based at Ringwood in Hampshire, New Forest Farm Machinery has been a John Deere agricultural dealer since 1979 and has held the turf franchise since John Deere’s commercial and consumer equipment business, as it was then known, started in 1986. The company also have extensively refurbished it’s Ringwood customer retail area, helping to strengthen the customer experience and quality of service provided by New Forest and cementing the agreement between the 2 businesses. Although focusing heavily on turf and homeowner business, NFFM still maintain over two thirds of the agricultural tractor market share in their area of responsibility. New Forest currently employs 43 people.

R Hunt is a highly successful John Deere Agricultural and Homeowner dealer, focusing primarily on agricultural products and services from 4 outlets covering Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey and the Isle of Wight. R Hunt currently is capturing around fifty percent of the tractor market with similar figures for harvesting equipment.
R Hunt Ltd have been a John Deere dealer since 1971 and have consistently grown from the family home in Anna Valley, Hampshire. The company has a strong emphasis on customer service that carries on from the late Roger Hunt and as an example, regularly runs training schools for customers to help optimise their machines and ensure the maximum return from their investments, new or used. R Hunt were the first dealer to sell AutoTrac in the UK and Ireland, a product now considered mainstream and pioneered the first dealer owned mobile RTK network to spearhead the guidance revolution. The company has a deep understanding of available technology and precision agriculture, supported with staff working from within a dedicated FarmSight department. Today the company has 71 staff.

Management members from both businesses are carried over to form one board of directors led by Tim Hunt – known to many customers of both businesses already.

Two already very strong and profitable businesses will merge, to give Hunt Forest Group not only access to the full line of John Deere products for those depots where permitted and other shared franchises but also more resources for customers and staff, more inventory both parts and wholegoods, more product support capability and a wider knowledge base – all of which are paramount to deliver a distinctive customer experience.

“The emphasis of the merger is very much on the ability for both companies to grow and have the opportunity to engage with more customers, plus provide diversification with the franchises held by New Forest Farm Machinery for the entire business. As well as aligning with the John Deere ‘Dealer of Tomorrow’ strategy, both families feel confident that this merger helps to establish Hunt Forest Group as a frontline Ag and Turf dealer for the future in the UK” said managing director Tim Hunt.

Ed Smales, New Forest Managing Director adds, “Having a long-standing relationship, we are excited about our future working with the Hunt family to further grow our business. Their experience in large Ag and precision farming will enhance the customer experience within our current territory and we are looking forward to being able to expand Hunt Forest Group creating a diverse and robust business for the future”

Whilst there may be some initial movement of some specialist staff to other depots where coverage for specific products is required, there are no changes to depot structure or teams planned to ensure continuity and a consistent experience for our customers.

Although the merger is expected to be fully completed in January 2019, customers should expect to see company branding, marketing and communications all under the new name of Hunt Forest Group in the coming months.

 

Tim Hunt, Managing Director – R.Hunt Ltd.

Ed Smales, Managing Director – New Forest Farm Machinery

 

John Deere’s CommandPRO joystick is now available for all small and mid-range 6R Series tractors. These models also feature the new CommandCentre 4200 display, which provides all six AEF* certified ISObus functions (*Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation). In addition, all 6R Series models above 130hp now meet Stage V emission standards.

Launched at the end of 2016, Mannheim’s flagship 6230R and 6250R with CommandPRO set new standards for John Deere tractors, with the joystick introducing a new dimension in ergonomics and versatility.Top speed can be reached with just one push, and 11 programmable buttons are available for the hitch, PTO, SCVs, AutoTrac controls etc.

The functionality of CommandPRO allows the tractor to be controlled from top speed to zero with a simple push or pull of the joystick, and lower speeds from 0 to 2kph can be achieved with the creeper control function. Both the joystick and pedals can be operated at the same time, and there is no need for an external ISObus joystick as the driver can also operate the tractor and ISObus functions simultaneously.

CommandPRO will be available on the wider 6R Series range in combination with John Deere’s AutoPowr transmission, and both features are standard on the 6R Ultimate Edition models. CommandPRO can be ordered in combination with either the 4600 or the new 4200 CommandCentre display.

The 4200 replaces the 7in 4100 unit and features a larger 8.4in screen. This terminal controls AutoTrac, Section Control, data documentation and other applications. It is also ready for all AEF certified ISObus functions such as joystick control and data transfer between tractor and implements.

Furthermore, all 6R Series tractors can be equipped with variable ratio steering (VRS). This requires less arm movement and significantly less steering effort, allowing quick and smooth headland turns. The system can be activated and deactivated from the tractor’s CommandCentre control console. Additional operator comfort is provided by the leather steering wheel as well as a self-cancelling turn signal.

Equipped with a larger hydraulic pump, the 6145R and 6155R models now deliver a powerful maximum flow of 155 litres/min. This is an increase of 23 per cent compared to the previous pump.

With the larger 6R Series models above 130hp featuring Stage V compliant engines, John Deere is already achieving the stringent emission values that will apply from 1 January 2019 for tractors above 170hp.

The latest PowerMix test in Germany clearly shows that there is no conflict between low emission values and engine efficiency. The 6250R has set a new fluid efficiency benchmark at the DLG test centre in Groß-Umstadt, achieving the best result in this horsepower segment with a total fluid consumption ofonly 364g/kWh in transport mode.

John Deere is expanding its range of innovative, advanced technology combine harvesters for 2019. In addition to the all-new W330 and W440 compact machines, the W- and T-Series are being updated with higher performance features, and completely new tracks are being introduced, with numerous options and benefits.

The next generation of John Deere track systems sets a new standard in the combine industry, offering 20 per cent more comfort, a 30 per cent larger footprint and 50 per cent more uptime. Manufactured by Soucy, the new rubber tracks are available for all S-Series combines plus the T560, T660 and T670 models.

On average the footprint is now 30 per cent larger compared to existing systems on the market. Due to a significantly longer track belt design, the 24in (609mm) track option for the S700 and T-Series combines has the same footprint as competitive 30in (762mm) versions, while transport width remains below 3.5m and is only 3.29m on the five-walker T-Series model:

Track width Combine transport width (m)
(in) (mm) T-Series

five-walker

T-Series

six-walker

S700

Series

24 609mm 3.29 3.49 3.49
30 762mm 3.49 3.79 3.79

Top speed is up to 40kph on all models, while ride comfort has been improved by an undercarriage with five pivot points. Measurements taken at the axles and the cab floor have confirmed a 20 per cent more comfortable ride compared to a competitive make.

Increased uptime is achieved by using four instead of three steel cord layers on the new tracks, while the track profile has also been improved, with the lugs now deeper and angled at 55 degrees. In addition, track durability has been road tested using a front-mounted eight-row maize header. With the combine running at a test speed of 40kph for seven hours a day over 20 days, the result was 50 per cent more durability than the previous design.

The tracks can be replaced by wheels if required for field work or to enable easier resale of the combine. Another feature is the triangular design with positive drive – in tough conditions the tracks lift up at the front and pull themselves out of the soil instead of digging deeper into it. Maintenance of the tracks is also very easy, as there are no greasing points and the transmission oil only needs replacing every 500 hours.

MyOperationsCentre app for S700 Series

The new Interactive Combine Adjustment (ICA2) system makes it easier for S700 Series operators to consistently achieve maximum performance from the combine. After optimising machine settings such as grain quality, losses and cleanliness of the sample, ICA2 maintains the pre-selected levels while harvesting conditions are changing.

In order to make the initial combine optimisation even easier than before, John Deere is introducing the all new MyOperationsCentre app, which enables farmers and contractors to view and change combine settings remotely from their mobile phone, tablet or PC. The operator can then confirm the adjustments on the in-cab display.

This new app is now available to all S700 Series combine owners free of charge at the App Store. After downloading the app, customers will need to register at www.MyJohnDeere.comto activate the link to their combine.

Higher performance W- and T-Series

John Deere’s W- and T-Series machines are well known for their performance in the straw walker combine sector. With new and easy-to-replace sections in front of the threshing concave, operators are now able to adjust to changing harvesting conditions and increase overall performance.

It takes only 15 minutes to change the universal concave for wet conditions to the small grain concave for dry conditions or the round bar concave for large grains such as maize. This can produce an increase in output of up to 12 per cent, for example by changing to a small grain concave in tough conditions to enable more aggressive threshing.

All T-Series models are now equipped with a new separator grate. The rear cast iron fingers have been replaced by new patented steel separation segments to increase output. Alongside this feature, the distance between the rear beater drum and the grate below has been reduced, which allows more aggressive separation. Independent institutes have measured a productivity increase of up to 10 per cent with the new separator grate.

Operators will also benefit from a new 360 degree LED light option, which provides a better view when working during the night and in low visibility conditions. In addition, maintenance of the W- and T-Series combines has been improved by using a central oil drain bank to allow the oil to be changed with reduced losses and less pollution.

Second generation W330 and W440

Designed for smaller and medium sized farms, the second generation W330 and W440 combines are now available. For increased operator comfort, overall cab volume has been increased by 15 per cent to 3.3m3and now offers a similar working environment to that of John Deere’s larger combine models.

The new 8:3 touchscreen display is intuitive to use and is unique in this industry segment. In addition, automatic combine adjustment (ACA) lets the operator select the next crop to be harvested, and the combine then automatically adjusts the drum and cleaning system by varying the drum and fan speeds, concave clearance etc.

To speed up emptying of the grain tank, the unloading rate has been increased from 55 to 75 litres/sec on the W330 PTC (pre-threshing cylinder) model. On the W440 the rate has been increased from 55 to 100 litres/sec by implementing the unloading system from the W440 PTC. The W330 PTC  combine will also feature a new lateral tilt option for the feederhouse, which allows the header to follow ground contours in all directions.

New draper header for all crops

Following the increasing demand for draper headers in Europe, John Deere – as the world’s leading manufacturer in this sector – is now offering the 700FD Series Flex Draper header. New seals reduce rapeseed losses by up to 45 per cent, and uptime has also been improved by introducing corrugated edges on both sides of the belt, which delivers better belt alignment and guidance.

The optional top auger above the belt has an increased diameter of 45cm and the central feed drum now offers a second upper position for improved crop flow in oilseed rape. To cope with uneven ground, the flexible knife can move up or down by 19cm across the full width of the cutterbar. This greatly improves harvesting of soya beans, peas or laid crops as the header can cut as close as 38mm to the ground. Up to four header height sensors also improve ground contour following.

Draper belt headers enable rotary combines to perform up to 10 per cent better than machines equipped with standard rigid auger headers, due to more even feeding of the crop head first into the combine. Moreover, draper headers are lighter in weight and therefore reduce overall ground pressure.

The new 700FD Series Flex Draper header now offers the possibility of harvesting everything from small grains and rapeseed to specialist crops such as peas and beans with just one header. In addition, the unit’s wide flex range adapts more readily to uneven terrain and makes the harvest more productive, especially in laid crops.

A total of 54 young service technicians are being trained in this year’s John Deere Ag Tech, Parts Tech and Turf Tech advanced apprenticeship programmes, run in partnership with national training provider ProVQ – an increase of just over 60 per cent on the previous year’s intake.

John Deere has also been listed for the second consecutive time in 2018 as one of the best 100 employers for school leavers in the UK, the only agricultural and turf machinery company to be so recognised. The AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk’s Top 100 Employers for School & College Leaver’s rankings are based entirely on the opinions of apprentices and school leaver trainees from hundreds of UK organisations.

John Deere’s and ProVQ’s successive annual awards were made in recognition of their programmes’ quality and the opportunities they present to young people working productively in the agricultural and turf sectors.

“We have beaten some very strong competition from other household names, coming first for an engineering and manufacturing company and third overall in the Best Intermediate Apprenticeship Programme category in 2017,” said ProVQ managing director Julian Lloyd.

“We’ve also been recognised in the Advanced Apprenticeships and Engineering categories this year. To be recognised as one of the country’s top 100 employers for school leavers, as judged by the apprentices themselves, makes us all very proud of our achievements.”

Even more recently John Deere and ProVQ have won the Manufacturer Excellence Award for Training in the 2018 Agri Machinery Trade News Awards. The award judges commented that “the enthusiasm and encouragement of the trainers shone out in the nominations” and that John Deere and ProVQ were “exemplars of what it takes to deliver world-class training”.

ProVQ’s Ag & Turf Tech apprentice assessor Simon Seago was specifically mentioned in one of the nominations from a John Deere dealer, who said: “Simon’s enthusiasm and encouragement transfers to our apprentices, enabling them to reach their potential during their initial industry training.

“Our industry depends on a constant input of quality young people who train to become the agricultural and turf technicians required to service and repair past, current and future technologies. People like Simon make this possible.”

Julian Lloyd added: “This was just one of a number of general nominations from dealers who praised the John Deere training programme. The award is truly excellent news and reflects extremely well on the changes implemented within the programme over the last few years, and the efforts of all our front-line staff involved in implementing these changes. As an award voted for by the dealer network, it has significant currency.”

John Deere’s three-year Ag Tech and Turf Tech and two-year Parts Tech apprenticeships lead to IMI Level 2 & 3 Diplomas in Landbased Engineering and Vehicle Parts Competence, and registration at LTA Intermediate level in the industry’s Landbased Training Accreditation scheme. In subsequent years qualified technicians undergo further education and adult training within the John Deere University programme, on a career path that can ultimately lead to the highest possible LTA Master Technician accreditation.

Now in its 26thyear, Ag Tech was the first such scheme to be introduced in the UK and won a National Training Award at the end of 1997, the only one ever made to an agricultural machinery apprenticeship programme. Since the first programme started in 1992, well over 700 apprentices have graduated through the three main schemes and are now working in the company’s nationwide dealer network

As of August 2017 R.Hunt Ltd were awarded the Kramer agricultural franchise for Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey and the Isle of Wight.

We are now agricultural and construction dealers for Kramer, offering everything from KL series compact wheeled loaders that made Kramer famous in the UK and Europe, up to KT series 5.5 ton 9 metre telescopic handlers to rival all others in the market. These machines come with outstanding innovative features such as smart loading to assist operators and increase efficiency.

These machines are ideal for agricultural applications and with a large range of options, can be specified for any budget. However, we believe customers such as landscapers, builders yards, recycling plants, local authorities and many others can benefit from a Kramer. KL series machines offer a compact loader, with a capacity of up to 3.0 tons and a very attractive price tag but crucially with a rigid (non-pivot) 4 wheel steer chassis that is unrivalled for safety and stability.

KT series telescopic handlers are available with a range of factory fitted carriages for all common machines available such as JCB, Manitou and John Deere pin and cone, making adaption to your current attachments easy. Solutions for Merlo and adaptor plates are also available through R Hunt.

Kramer have historically sold machines into the agricultural market under the Claas Scorpion brand until this year, whereupon an announcment was made that as of September 2017 they would enter a strategic partnership with John Deere. The machines are now being branded under Kramer’s own colours and are supplied and supported directly from the German factory.

All new Kramer machines come complete with datatag, meaning discounted insurance from some suppliers such as the NFU, plus warranty packages up to 5 years are available for fixed running costs and piece of mind.

We have 6 machines available for demonstration including telescopics up to 4.4 ton, 7 metre and a KL30.5T which replaces the popular 750T, the first of which will be arriving in the middle of September.

For further information or to arrange a demonstration, please contact your local branch who will happily discuss your requirements.

John Deere announced last week that it has invested in Kramer-Werke GmbH in order to emphasise the ambition to establish a long-term alliance. Both companies have agreed, subject to antitrust approval, to provide material handling equipment solutions for distribution through the John Deere dealer network under the Kramer trademark.

This new strategic partnership will enable John Deere to provide its dealers with an extensive range of agricultural material handling solutions with a specific focus on hay, forage and arable production systems, as well as contractor solutions. The product range includes compact wheel loaders (nine models), telescopic wheel loaders (four models) and telehandlers (nine models), produced and developed by Kramer at Pfullendorf in Germany. Kramer-Werke GmbH is a Wacker Neuson SE company.

Under this agreement, the John Deere dealer channel will be the preferred distribution partner for Kramer. The alliance will enable Kramer to leverage the industry leading John Deere dealer network in Europe, the CIS, North Africa and the Near & Middle East.

“The partnership with Kramer, one of the leading manufacturers of compact wheel loaders and telehandlers, has an important strategic impact to our business,” said Markwart von Pentz, Deere & Company’s agriculture & turf division president.

“It enables John Deere to expand the current product range and to provide a premium and comprehensive portfolio of material handling solutions to John Deere’s agricultural dealers in Region 2. Kramer follows the same standards as John Deere to deliver advanced technology and outstanding quality to the customer.”

“With John Deere as a world leader in the agricultural machinery business, we will gain a strong preferred partner to foster our expansion plans in the agricultural business,” said Cem Peksaglam, Wacker Neuson SE’s CEO. “This win-win partnership enables Kramer to strengthen its market position. Thanks to the additional business we will grow faster with Kramer, especially in markets where John Deere holds strong market positions.”

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