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Machinery highlights at FarmFest 2024

Another successful staging of FarmFest featured a wide selection of agricultural machinery, including many new products

Thousands of visitors flocked through the gates as FarmFest returned to Toowoomba for another year.

Queensland’s largest field day was held between June 4-6 and attracted another big crowd which was keen to check out the wide selection of machinery, technology and agricultural products on display.

Exhibitors were kept busy by the solid crowds on all three days and reported strong sales and enquiries throughout the event.

There was also a buoyant mood amongst much of the crowd on the final day of FarmFest, thanks to Queensland’s win in the first State of Origin match the night before.

Next year promises to be an exciting FarmFest, with the event to celebrate its 50th staging.

Here is a selection of what was on display throughout the site this year:

Rata’s 304 Panerazer subsoil aerator. Image: Prime Creative Media

Rata Equipment

Along with different models of its popular Power Claw, the 304 Panerazer subsoil aerator was also part of Rata Equipment’s display.

Designed for use with tractors over 120hp or in environments with particularly heavy soil, the 304 Panerazer features the durability which Rata’s machines are renowned for.

A V-frame design allows for improved fuel and power efficiencies, while a maximum working depth of 450mm means this subsoil aerator can be relied upon for tough jobs.

It is also available in the choice of five, seven or nine legs depending on the working width required.

Clark Equipment’s new Bobcat UT6570 tractor. Image: Prime Creative Media

Clark Equipment

Tractors from two of its major brands – McCormick and Bobcat – featured at distributor Clark Equipment’s stand.

One of the McCormick tractors on show was the X8.680, a top-end model offering 310hp and which only arrived in Australia two years ago.

This powerful unit also has a 6.7-litre, six-cylinder Iveco engine, VT-Drive four-stage continuously variable transmission and a completely redesigned cabin.

Even newer to Clark’s range is the Bobcat UT6570 tractor, which marks the manufacturer’s first step up from the compact to utility markets.

The 66hp unit is designed for manoeuvrability and sits alongside the 76hp UT6580 as new offerings by Bobcat and Clark.

Brisbane Mini Excavator Sales’ Hercules HG140 motor grader. Image: Prime Creative Media

Brisbane Mini Excavator Sales

At the start of 2024, Brisbane Mini Excavator Sales declared it would be the year of the Hercules.

Its FarmFest stand was evidence of this, showcasing a selection of the new Hercules machinery it has added to its range along with many previous favourites.

One of the new machines on display was the Hercules HG140 motor grader, which is an 18-tonne machine with a 180hp engine, 14-foot blade and hydraulic rear rippers.

Popular models within its loader range such as the HD656D and HD658D were also on display among the sea of yellow and orange.

JCB 426ZX wheel loader. Image: Prime Creative Media

JCB

Along with tractors and telehandlers, JCB also displayed a selection of its wheel loaders at FarmFest.

Represented by local dealer Wideland Group, one loader model on display was the 426ZX, which offers a 155hp engine, 2.1 cubic metre bucket capacity and 12,740kg operating weight.

JCB says its wheeled loader range is about big power and torque, a high power-to-weight ratio and top-notch reliability while maintaining excellent traction and low maintenance requirements.

UHI454 tractor. Image: Prime Creative Media

United Heavy Industries

Tractors formed part of UHI’s display, along with other machinery such as wheel loaders.

One tractor model shown was the UHI454, which was the first tractor the brand introduced to the local market in 2022.

The UHI454 now sits at the smaller end of UHI’s expanded range, offering a 45hp engine and 1,870kg machine weight.

All UHI tractors are sold with either three or seven attachments included in the purchase price as standard.

Waringa Distribution’s Elmer Manufacturing 41 tonne Haulmaster chaser bin. Image: Prime Creative Media

Waringa Distribution

A selection of products imported by Western Australia-based Waringa Distribution were available for inspection by the mostly Queensland-based attendees.

One of these was the Agri-Spread AS2150T precision spreader.

This has a 15 cubic metre capacity and is suitable for lime and fertiliser spreading.

Another product on display was the 41 tonne Haulmaster chaser bin from Elmer’s Manufacturing, which is the largest of three tandem axle models on offer.

RDO Equipment’s John Deere 6155M utility tractor. Image: Prime Creative Media

John Deere

Deere dealer RDO Equipment’s stand was packed with the manufacturer’s agricultural and construction machinery.

Among the offerings browsed by FarmFest visitors was the 6155M utility tractor.

Powered by a 155hp, 6L six-cylinder engine, the tractor delivers solid power in challenging conditions and is ideal for the likes of cattle farmers and cropping.

A longer 2.765m wheelbase features on this tractor, as does mechanical cab suspension.

Rapid Spray’s Aqua-V portable water cartage tank. Image: Prime Creative Media

Rapid Spray

Based in New South Wales, Rapid Spray offers a variety of products to help with spraying and liquid cartage needs.

The depth of its product range was on show at FarmFest, with everything from handheld sprayers through to water trailers featuring.

It also showed how Rapid Spray’s products work in tandem, with one popular exhibit being a Marshal water trailer paired with an Aqua-V portable water cartage tank.

Its products are backed by a strong nationwide network of more than 1,500 dealers.

The eye-catching Kuhn SB 1290 iD square baler. Image: Prime Creative Media

Kuhn

The SB 1290 iD square baler from manufacturer Kuhn was an eye-catcher, the high-density unit designed to produce bales in all crop conditions.

It creates 120cm x 90cm bales with up to 25 per cent higher bale density in tough dry straw conditions, according to the manufacturer.

This is due to Kuhn’s patented Twinpact double plunger system, which requires twice the force of a conventional baler and divides impact into two steps, increasing the applied force and bale compaction.

AIE Group showed a 1986 Caterpillar D7H XL crawler dozer. Image: Prime Creative Media

AIE Group

The full scope of what Australian International Equipment Group offers was on display for FarmFest visitors to see.

AIE Group is a nationwide distributor of new and pre-owned equipment for the farming and earthmoving sectors, with its headquarters in Toowoomba.

One new machine on display was a 2024 Caterpillar 305.5 GC excavator, while a 1986 Caterpillar D7H XL crawler dozer was also showcased.

This unit has been professionally fully rebuilt from the ground up with all new components by fellow Queensland business Dixie Holdings.

McCormack brush puller attachment for most models of tractor. Image: Prime Creative Media

McCormack

Based just out of Toowoomba, McCormack Industries did not need to travel far to showcase its wares.

As specialists in front end loaders, McCormack not only had the machines themselves on display but a selection of attachments it manufactures.

One popular choice at FarmFest was the brush puller, designed to clear land of lantana, box thorn, lime bush and other similar plants.

This Australian-made product features two hydraulic cylinders to actuate independent grab arms and provide extra gripping power, while the product is suitable for most models of tractor, telehandler and loader.

Toowoomba-based Tilco’s folding Hydramax ripper. Image: Prime Creative Media

Tilco

Another Toowoomba based business, Tilco, has started 2024 with a rebrand which was on show.

New staff along with a freshen up of its product line, including a change to charcoal colouring, are among the changes.

Everything from small hobby farm ploughs to 12m folding Hydramax rippers were on display.

These Australian-made products are designed to cover all tillage needs while being engineered for local conditions.

Lockyer Farm Machinery’s Mahindra 7590 4WD tractor. Image: Prime Creative Media

Mahindra

Queensland dealer Lockyer Farm Machinery had a selection of Mahindra tractors prominent at its stand.

Among its range was the 7590 4WD ROPS unit, which offers a 92hp engine.

This places it at the top end of Mahindra’s selection in terms of power and was displayed with an ML485 loader attached.

The loader can be easily installed and removed with just two pins, while a quick hitch design enables quick and easy switching between implements such as buckets and bale spikes.

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