YOU can expect to see new Case-IH, John Deere, Massey Ferguson and Gleaner combine harvesters being trialled this harvest, complete with attractive forward order programs for 2004.
Industry gossip at last week's Mingenew Expo focused on the new Case-IH header to be released next Monday in Sydney.
It is believed to have a gear drive system for the rotor similar to a CVX transmission, but nobody knew what engine size.
John Deere's new class eight 60 series model will attract a lot of interest.
It is the biggest header built by Deere and is designated the STS 9860.
It comes with a 300bu grain tank and a 12.5L 280kW (375hp) engine with a Power Boost to 304kW (408hp).
It is expected to be commercially available in Australia for the 2005 harvest, complete with AutoTrac hands-free guidance.
According to my sources, Deere managed to get 34 models for this harvest and all are expected to be sold before the end of this month.
Massey's entry will be its new high capacity MF9790.
It's a class seven header with a completely redesigned cab and a new engine.
But the winning feature, a hydrostatic drive which maintains constant rotor speed in varying conditions, has been retained.
While Case will match the Massey as far as hydrostatics go, Agco's state manager Renay van der Meulen says the company still has a few things up its sleeve to show farmers.
"We sold out of Massey and Gleaners for this harvest and we just managed to keep one Massey for the demo circuit," he said. "We are very confident of getting a good share of the header market with the Masseys and Gleaners."
The Gleaner will be the new R75 high performance model suitable for all crop conditions.
The R75 features the Cummins M11 diesel engine with an electronic fuel system, producing 246kW (330hp) at 2100rpm.
The high-torque, split hydrostatic drive, four-speed transmissions, devotes three gears to field speeds from 0-16km/h and a fourth gear with a top end speed of 34km/h.
KEWDALE-BASED machinery dealer Wattleup Tractors is expanding its premises to cater for increased growth.
According to dealer principal Marin Zuvela, the company has bought a building adjoining its Kewdale premises.
It coincides with Wattleup's appointment as a new Buhler dealer for the north of the state and for Perth and surrounds.
"We've now got a complete range of tractors to offer with the addition of the Buhler Versatile and Genesis models," Marin said. "The extra two acres we will have will obviously be a big help in increasing our parts, storage and service capacity."
Wattleup Tractors is one of the biggest Massey Ferguson dealers in WA, having been associated with the company since 1989.
"We've seen great patronage of the Massey product in the market garden, horticulture and viticulture industries and we are confident we can lift the Massey image in the broadacre field with the new front-wheel assist tractors and combine harvester," Marin said. "Having the Buhler brand also gives us another strong card to play."
Wattleup staged its biggest ever display at last week's Mingenew Expo and surprised many farmers with the range of product on offer that also included Gleaner combine harvesters, Lely Vermeer hay gear, KEE guidance equipment and Gason tillage and seeding equipment.