Stuart's been and had a look at all the new toys at FTMTA including the Fendt 724.
As the dust settles on what can only be described as a successful Ftmta show in Punchestown, I can honestly say that I was more than pleased with what was on display.
From the minute I walked through the arrival area and was greeted by a Case Optum 300, I knew it was going to be a good day. Skipping briskly past all the machinery outdoors (it was snowing), I had to have a quick peek at the Grassmen t7 315 New Holland. While the love for this machine is infectious, I think tractor designers need to up their game. Car designers constantly remodel and revamp the cars appearance, why not do it for the tractor ?
New Holland have added more vents in the bonnet and a different roof skin but the headlights remain the same. Case have also adopted the new roof skin and new design bonnet. CNH need to bring the Optum look to its smaller horsepower siblings to spark it into life. Take Valtra for example. Their new range are quiet aggressive looking. But they're new. New look. And you can order whatever colour you want. Now that's the options I want to be presented with for my next purchase.
Also what caught my eye was The Safe Shaft system, an invention made by The Hickey brothers in Kilmacthomas. Having spoke to Noel about it, expect to see it on our new Conor soon for a few days to see what the hype is about.
What I noticed throughout the displays where Slurry Tanks featured, they were all (bar one or two) in black. Did I start off a trend ?
Before getting to the Fendt stand, I had my mind made up not to get too excited about what was on offer. However, it was hard not to when I saw a gleaming new 724 in its new "Fendt Green". My first impressions were the usual of Fendt, quality. They are an expensive machine but they are built to last and are ridiculously economical. We had a new 720 here for a week last year. Jobs were done faster and much cheaper that week and although they look complicated on the inside, a very simple machine to drive. With the new kids on the block on display, I was delighted to see the new Lindner, Kubota and Zetor. All unsung heroes and all steering wheels I want to get my hands on.
Finally, just down from the Lindner stand, I met Gary Ferguson from Grassmen, a good friend of mine for a quick chin wag. Onto the Farm and Plant shop then to Morgan and Justin for another quick natter, across to The Pottinger stand to see their latest implements and to meet their new Ireland Manager, Mr Diarmuid Claridge. He's a guy who has big plans for the brand and we're excited to work with them again this year. Then as the snow continued to pelt down, we abandoned the show and began the trip back home in time for cows.
A long day but worth the trip.