Archive for March, 2014
The latest solution combines articulated steering with turning front wheels, making the tractor extremely agile. It can even be driven sideways to an extent, thus eliminating soil compaction on fields and allowing streets to be ploughed or swept safely along the sides. The articulated steering and rotating front axle are automated, so the amount of articulated steering reduces as the speed increases. At high speeds the tractor is steered normally through the front wheels. The driver can also adjust the ratio of articulated steering to front axle steering according to the situation.
Articulated steering is available as an option on N123, N143 and N163 Direct models. N163 Direct models feature a stepless transmission, powerful 160 l/min hydraulics, front axle stiffening, 171 horsepower with power boost and a top speed of 50 km/h. The tractors can be fitted with standard Valtra front loaders or heavy-duty solid beam loader loaders. With the articulated steering option, the N163 Direct is 60 centimetres longer and 300 kilos heavier than standard models. The weight distribution is 45 percent over the front axle and 55 percent over the rear axle.
The same options are available with the articulated steering than with other Valtra tractors, including a steel fuel tank for forestry tasks and an SVC cab with enhanced side visibility for municipal tasks.
The articulated steering option has been developed together with Valtra’s partners Afcon Oy and LH Lift Oy.
Previous studies have shown that articulated tractors can perform front loader tasks 35-40 percent faster than standard tractors. Speed is increased both by the enhanced agility and the fact that the front and rear of the tractor can be driven sideways without having to drive the tractor forwards and backwards.
The articulated N163 Direct will undergo testing in the winter and spring of 2014. Series production will be phased in at the Valtra Unlimited Studio at the end of 2014.
Following the very successful Discover AGCO event held at the NEC in Birmingham, UK last month, AGCO’s Aftersales group made a presentation of £2,135.38 to the Air Ambulance Service based at Coventry Airport on Monday (24th March 2014). This magnificent sum was collected during a busy event with generous donations from the UK and Eire AGCO dealer network, AGCO staff, suppliers and the farmers who attended the show, with an equal amount raised for the British Heart Foundation.
The Air Ambulance is deemed very close to the hearts of most agricultural businesses, as many farmers and their families rely on the service to reach rural areas of the country. The Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) provide treatment on the scene of an incident, and a rapid means of transport to the hospital most suited to treat the casualty’s specific injuries and illnesses. They attend a variety of emergency rescues, including road traffic collisions, serious sporting injuries, severe burns, industrial accidents and any other medical incidents that require rapid response.
On average, the service attends six rescue missions every day, costing approximately £1,700 per mission. The state of the art Agusta helicopters can reach speeds of up to 200mph which means they can be at the emergency scene in less than ten minutes.
Yesterday we celebrated, and helped sponsor, National Ag Day 2014, the 41st anniversary of celebrating agriculture’s role in the world. Every spring, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and others join together in recognition and appreciation of the agriculture industry.
We’d like to take this time to express our deepest gratitude to the many men and women across the globe who make agriculture possible: THANK YOU!
How did you celebrate National Ag Day yesterday? We’d love to hear from you — please share your stories in the comments below.
Mike Gryba is a certified mechanic and works with his brother Daniel on their 4,400-acre Saskatchewan farm, where they grow wheat, barley and canola. Mike’s main job is to keep the equipment up and running. Some days that means making the repair himself; other days it requires old-fashioned resourcefulness and help from his AGCO dealer, Full Line Ag in nearby Saskatoon.
Last spring when the Grybas’ RoGator® sprayer malfunctioned in the field, Mike quickly determined it needed a new wheel motor. He knew he couldn’t repair this complex part himself and called Full Line. While they talked, Full Line Parts Manager Dean Grindheim found a remanufactured wheel motor in stock. Within five hours, the motor, which was from the AGCO Reman remanufactured parts program, was in place and the sprayer was back online and ready to finish the job.
“It would have taken days just to get a [RoGator] mechanic out here, and then he’d have to rebuild the unit—providing he brought along all the right parts,” Gryba says. “We were looking at losing several working days by the time he could have gotten that unit up, so the Reman part worked out very well.”
The Reman Resource
AGCO Reman helps farmers like the Grybas get up and running faster and with less expense by using existing core parts that have been completely remanufactured. “We’re giving the customer a low-cost alternative,” says AGCO Senior Marketing Specialist Kevin Bolander. “Environmentally, we’re friendly too, because Reman takes less resources than it does to manufacture a new part; we’re recycling those parts that have failed and are turning them into good parts that are reusable.”
According to Bolander, Reman parts save equipment owners 30% or more over the cost of a new part, but they still come with the same one-year warranty. (If installed by an AGCO dealer, there’s also a six-month labor warranty.) The customer pays a core deposit, which is refunded when the old part is returned to the dealer. Reman parts include numerous product categories that are commonly in stock.
Unlike reconditioned or rebuilt components, AGCO Reman parts undergo a consistent process to restore the product to the original manufacturer’s specifications. Every component is fully tested and found to be up to standards before being sold to the customer. “If there’s a design change that’s been made that improves the product, the Reman product is brought up to the new design specifications. It’s actually upgraded,” says Bolander.
Although cost savings, quality and warranty are all reasons customers choose AGCO Reman parts, at the end of the day, getting back to work is what matters. “We love Reman parts for a simple reason,” says Gryba. “We can go there and pick up a box that’s a complete assembly, and we can bolt it in and can go back to do what we do.”
Currently, AGCO Reman offers a wide-ranging assortment of some 5,300 parts. Get more information at AGCOreman.com.
The fourth generation Valtra S Series has received great international attention since its introduction at last year’s Agritechnica. Most recently the model S354 has been awarded a gold medal at the Polagra Premiery Fair of Agricultural Mechanization in Poznań, Poland.
This prestigious gold medal is awarded to innovative products that feature modern and state-of-the-art technology. The jury consisted of experts in agricultural science, agricultural administration and the fair organisers. It was chaired by Professor Grzegorz Skrzypczak, PhD, Rector of the University of Life Sciences in Poznań.
The Polagra Premiery is one of the most important agricultural trade fairs in Poland and attracts more than 40,000 visitors from 16 countries.