New Holland Construction’s LM range of telehandlers is rapidly carving out a strong niche in the agricultural industry. From poultry and potato farms to almond growing operations and feedlots, farmers are reaping the benefits of the LM series’ power, versatility and lifting capacity.
The first New Holland LM740 telehandler in Australia was put to work immediately on Frank Janvrin’s 47-hectare poultry farm, Barakee Farm, in Peats Ridge, New South Wales. Barakee Farm’s five state-of-the-art, climate-controlled poultry sheds cover an area of 12,775 square metres and hold 250,000 chickens.
“We have to move approximately 500 tonnes of chicken manure from the sheds within four or five days every ten weeks,” said Frank. “Our old equipment just wasn’t up to the job. We wanted something new with lots of horsepower as well as something that could handle the hot, dusty conditions in the sheds. We looked at just about every other telehandler on the market, but I wanted the perfect machine, so I was prepared to wait for as long as it took to get the LM740 into the country.”
The New Holland LM740 telehandler is Frank’s second piece of New Holland equipment. His New Holland 6640 tractor has seen continual service since 1996.
“I knew New Holland gear was strong and I got good service from my local dealer, RH Taylor, so it made sense to look at the new Powershift LM740 and I certainly haven’t been disappointed,” said Frank. “The LM740 telehandler has miles of horsepower and it’s really comfortable to operate because it has a large cab and is easy to use so you don’t get fatigued. The visibility is great, both front and rear, which is important when you’re operating in close quarters inside the sheds. The four-wheel steering option also makes it incredibly manoeuvrable in those tight conditions.
“The telehandler spends hours upon hours lifting manure and wood shavings (for the chickens’ bedding) and the lifting performance is really fantastic. When we’re lifting manure into the truck we have a full three-tonne bucket, which we lift to height and then extend the boom to dump the load into the truck. You couldn’t use a standard loader for this job because modern fertiliser trucks are very high. The LM740 telehandler has more than enough power and height to handle it. ”
The LM740’s side-mounted engine sits in a ‘north-south’ orientation which assists the machine’s performance in hot conditions and reduces vibrations. The transmission placement creates a low centre of gravity for better balance as well as easier servicing. The engine placement also reduces the amount of heat near the cab, allowing the air conditioning to work more effectively.
The engine hood vent system allows cool air to be drawn in and hot air to be expelled extremely efficiently, ensuring the engine doesn’t overheat. The large radiator and transmission cooler also help prevent overheating. The radiator’s blades can be reversed to blow debris out of the radiator core.