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Topcon’s preferred UK dealer for its range of precision agriculture systems, LH Agro, has kick-started 2021 with the launch of a new trade-in scheme to make it more affordable for existing users of precision farming equipment to upgrade to the latest version of Topcon’s range of X consoles and steering solutions.

The offer enables farmers and agricultural contractors to trade-in any brand of guidance or steering systems in exchange for generous savings against the very best and most recent Topcon equipment.

For example, customers who trade-in an existing manual lightbar guidance system will be eligible for up to £1,800 of retail credit that can be put towards a Topcon X-console based autosteer system. Likewise, customers trading-in an EGNOS enabled electric steering wheel system will receive £3,200 off the cost of an RTK enabled Topcon X-console autosteer system. Similarly, trading-in an existing RTK autosteer system will entitle customers to £6,400 off the price of two RTK enabled Topcon X-console autosteer systems.

“With many arable farms still feeling the impact of last year’s poor harvest, we were keen to find a way of simplifying the process of upgrading to the latest precision farming tech,” LH Agro’s managing director, Richard Reed, said. “Our new trade-in scheme perfectly compliments our existing zero per cent finance deals that not only make the latest precision farming equipment affordable for farmers who’re kitting out new machinery, but also benefit those who want to retro-fit an existing machine to make it auto-steer compatible or which is being upgraded to include section control and variable-rate application.

“In the same vein, our new trade-in scheme makes it easier and more affordable for users of older equipment to upgrade to the latest generation of guidance systems without having to worry about compatibility issues or having to sell their old equipment.”

The scheme can be used to trade-in any brand of equipment in exchange for credit against the entire range of Topcon X-series ISObus-compatible implement control consoles from the range-topping X35 (12.1-inch screen) and X25 (8.3-inch), to the recently introduced entry-level XD+ (12.1-inch) and XD (7-inch) models, all of which use a full-colour touchscreen to operate multiple implement functions including crop sensing, section control, variable-rate control, auto-steering and auto-headland turning.

The Topcon AES-35 electric steering wheel and Topcon AGI-4 receiver deliver high-accuracy automatic guidance in a retrofittable package that’s compatible for almost any non-steer ready tractor or self-propelled sprayer.