Justin Roberts

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Justin Roberts

Technical Machinery Specialist

Justin studied at Welsh Agricultural College, Aberystwyth having first worked in both the feed and seed sectors of the industry. He has two decades of experience in writing about farm machinery, both vintage and contemporary across several publications. As an author he has written two books, including the history of the Nordic tractor and now resides in Co. Tipperary.

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Steel wheels and strakes are neither gone nor forgotten

Steel wheels and strakes are neither gone nor forgotten

Before the days of 4WD for tractors, much attention was paid by engineers to increasing the traction available from just...

John Deere ‘scales’ new heights with its latest model

John Deere ‘scales’ new heights with its latest model

Manufacturers are always looking to come up with new ideas to help them stand out from the crowd at shows,...

Reseeding by over-seeding is the vision of Vredo

Reseeding by over-seeding is the vision of Vredo

The new year will see LAMMA 2019 take place at the NEC in Birmingham. With just a couple of months...

Claas takes its tractors out to the front line

Claas takes its tractors out to the front line

This year Claas decided to give the National Ploughing Championships a miss and concentrate instead on taking its tractors on...

Kubota swells the ranks of the middle class

Kubota swells the ranks of the middle class

Kubota long ago put to rest the idea that the Japanese can’t make ‘proper’ tractors and its assault on the...

Clever machinery ideas abound at recent EIMA 2018 show

Clever machinery ideas abound at recent EIMA 2018 show

Italy, and Europe in general, continues to be a fruitful region when it comes to innovation in the agricultural machinery...

Latest tanker boasts variable-rate application and section-control

Latest tanker boasts variable-rate application and section-control

Stapel is a German company that produces a variety of slurry tankers and associated equipment. Recently, it unveiled a new...

Fendt asserts its ‘commitment’ to major shows

Fendt asserts its ‘commitment’ to major shows

Massey Ferguson recently announced that it is to reduce its physical presence at major shows in future. Instead, it will...

New app allows you to adjust your Deere from your desk

New app allows you to adjust your Deere from your desk

John Deere, as ever, is pressing ahead with the application of digital technology to daily farm operations. Its latest endeavour...

Steyr steps ahead with engine updates

Steyr steps ahead with engine updates

Steyr is something of a ‘Cinderella’ within the CNH group; everybody knows the name but it doesn’t register as a...

An alternative to the spinning disc…from Chafer Machinery

An alternative to the spinning disc…from Chafer Machinery

When it comes to spreading granular fertiliser the spinning disc type applicator would seem to hold a near monopoly of...

New-look Turkish tractors poised to enter EU market

New-look Turkish tractors poised to enter EU market

Turkey has only recently appeared on the west’s radar as a serious tractor manufacturing entity. In Ireland, we are familiar...

Let’s ‘torque’ about Schaffer’s new compact loader

Let’s ‘torque’ about Schaffer’s new compact loader

At the recent EuroTier show in Hanover (Germany), Schaffer presented its latest compact loader. Known as the 2630 (pictured above),...

Kramer adds 2 mid-sized telehandlers to its line-up

Kramer adds 2 mid-sized telehandlers to its line-up

Kramer has recently announced two new additions to its array of telehandlers, which slot neatly into the middle of the...

Russian machinery market is all ‘bull’ and no ‘bear’

Russian machinery market is all ‘bull’ and no ‘bear’

Agrievolution Alliance is a global umbrella organisation for the world’s agricultural machinery manufacturing and dealer associations. As such, it is...

AgriScot: Flagship 970hp John Deere forager makes its public debut

AgriScot: Flagship 970hp John Deere forager makes its public debut

A new John Deere 9000 Series self-propelled forage harvester will make its UK public show debut at AgriScot in Edinburgh...

Emissions: Stage V widens scope to cover all ‘non-road vehicles’

Emissions: Stage V widens scope to cover all ‘non-road vehicles’

Limits on exhaust emissions are getting ever tighter. The start of 2019 will see the introduction of the ‘European Stage...

Steyr gets ‘personal’; it’s all in a name…

Steyr gets ‘personal’; it’s all in a name…

In the war to gain market share in some regions of Europe, Steyr has taken a new approach. Under the...