Inside New Farm Machinery's July 2015 Issue

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NFM 23 front cover McCormick X7 660 New Farm Machinery magazine issue 23 goes on-sale June 22. NFM 23 front cover McCormick X7 660
McCormick X7 660 tractor review Tom Dickson tests a big, red and iconic McCormick X7.660 from its brand new X7 series tractors. McCormick X7 660 tractor review
Honda Pioneer 500 UTV review When everything is getting bigger, Honda bucks the trend with a compact, lighter 500cc UTV. Barry Ashenhurst checks it out. Honda Pioneer 500 UTV review
Heath Rowe combine harvester fire shield feature Self taught engineer Heath Rowe had a close call with a combine harvester fire once and decided to do something about it. Anna Game-Lopata talks to him about his simple yet ingenious invention preventing combine harvester fires across the country. Heath Rowe combine harvester fire shield feature
GQ Ballarat tractor feature In his last piece for NFM, Dr Graeme Quick tells the fascinating story of tractor innovations taking place in Ballarat during the Gold Rush GQ Ballarat tractor feature
Mowers buyers guide Look up comprehensive specifications on mowers in this issue's mowers buyers guide Mowers buyers guide

In this issue, on-sale June 22, Tom Dickson tests the all-new X7.660 tractor by McCormick while Steve Kealy looks at Korean-brand Branson’s K78C workhorse which is compact but packs a punch.

After many ownership incarnations, design and direction McCormick is back with its own name and on its own terms. In this issue Tom Dickson tests the all-new X7.660.

"Overall I think the new X7.660 has all the ingredients to make an excellent tractor for the Australian farmer," Dickson says.

"However with a price tag of around $170,000 there are a couple of minor issues that need to be worked on."

Read all the details of what he had to say about it in this issue and watch the video.

Look out for other machinery reviews also featured in this issue including:

Anna Game-Lopata catches up with one of the most inspiring people she’s ever met, self-taught engineer Heath Rowe.

He was driving a combine for a mate when he witnessed a thick mat of debris stuck to the muffler catching fire and dropping to the battery box where it was sucked up through the fan.

Realising the lethal implications, he decided to fix the problem. His simple but ingenious device is preventing the heartbreak of harvester fires.

As in the great line from the 2005 movie Batman Begins, "it’s not what you are, but what you do". Don’t miss Heath’s inspiring story.

In this issue, Dr. Graeme Quick shares with us the fascinating story of the tractor innovations taking place in Ballarat during the Gold Rush.

Sadly, this piece will be the final piece by Dr Quick as we received news that he has passed away on May 19. He will be missed.

Look out for a special tribute to Dr Graeme Quick in the next issue and online.

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