Event: AgQuip 2019

By: Harrison Hunkin

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This year’s AgQuip provided some fantastic sites, machines and people. Here are some standouts from AgQuip 2019

AgQuip 2019 enjoyed decent crowds again

Taking the title of ‘Australia’s largest field day’, this three-day event on August 20-22 held near Gunnedah, New South Wales, attracts over 100,000 visitors each year. Here are some highlights of the show.

New Case IH AFS Connect Magnum tractor

Tall and proud stood the giant Case IH  site. Visible from the moment you enter the main gates, the Case IH site was without a doubt the first stop for many AgQuip visitors.

And they didn’t let visitors down, showcasing some of the most impressive new machinery in the world.

The highlight though? The latest Case IH Magnum 340 tractor – which is looking like it will be released sometime next year.

Here in Australia for some trials, Case IH high horsepower product manager Alyx Selsmeyer pointed out some of the best new features.

"This tractor’s main feature is connectivity," Selsmeyer says. "You can utilise the AFS connect portal to view your farm, fleet and data anytime and anywhere, on your phone or tablet.

"This allows you to better manage any workers in your operation."

A new slick bonnet design gives the Magnum a noticeable facelift, a new LED grill lighting package is also present and tyre pressure sensors are also a handy new feature, but the best new feature is the redesigned cabin.

The Case IH Magnum 340 tractor will be released next year

John Deere 9570R Scraper Tractor

There is only one word to describe this thing… BEAST!

It is massive, and stole the show at the local Peel Valley Machinery site. There was so much foot traffic around it that it made it difficult to get a photo of the darn thing.

Under the bonnet this green monster featured a 13.5L John Deere PowerTech engine that pushes out a whopping 570hp (425kW). Transmission wise, the 9570R Scraper features e18 powershift transmission.

Comfort is sorted as well, as the 9570R features the familiar CommandView III cabin with a nice 10 inch screen.

It’s fair to say that this is a mighty machine!

The John Deere 9570R Scraper Tractor stole the show
The John Deere 9570R Scraper Tractor stole the show

Olympus TL528 telescopic wheel loader

We popped down to see QLD company Olympus Loaders to check out its new TL528 loader.

It’s design is a little different to a traditional agricultural telehandler, but owner Simon Collins believes the Olympus TL528 has plenty to offer the market.

"It’s not a loader with a boom thrown on the front of it," he says. "It’s a European-like design loader, and it’s all bullet-proof gear."

Under the bonnet the TL528 features a Cummins 4BT3.9 engine that offers 75kW (101hp).

Transmission wise, it has a Beilian two-forward, two-reverse electronic powershift. You also get a reversing camera.

Like the name suggests, the TL528 has a five metre reach and a 2.8 tonne lift capacity and is designed predominately for the agricultural market.

Collins believes his product and price tag will be desirable for farmers looking for a multi-purpose machine like the Olympus TL528.

"We designed it for the farming guys. For a telehandler that size you're talking 80 to 100 grand, whereas its $55,000 for that."

We’re looking to have a bit of fun with this in the future.

Built specifically for the agricultural sector, the Olympus TL528 has plenty to offer the market
Built specifically for the agricultural sector, the Olympus TL528 has plenty to offer the market

New Holland T8 Genesis

A stop by the New Holland tent proved to be worth it as we were taken around the upcoming New Holland T8 Genesis series tractor.

Product segment manager for combines and broadacre Marc Smith says the engineers were trying to achieve a cabin has a very automotive feel about it.

It’s visually fantastic! The traditional A pillar display screen has been moved and now sits on the steering column, making it look like a luxury European car.

Meanwhile, the new SideWinder ultra 12 armrest is a totally new design with the highlight being its massive 12-inch LCD screen.

"But that's only part of the story; the real leap forward is the ability of this tractor to connect," Smith says.

"[The tractor] can connect with dealers for remote servicing as well as other vehicles in the paddock."

This is done through the impressive PML telematics system.

Smith says the new New Holland T8 Genesis could be available on customer’s farms by Q3 next year – stayed tuned for more on this beauty.

The New Holland T8 Genesis on display
The designers of the New Holland T8 Genesis have aimed for a more automotive feel

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