Valtra tractors claimed the top 3 positions at the European Tractor Pulling Championships in Zele, Belgium.
Matti Herlevi driving Caesar was crowned European Champion in the Pro Stock category, while Jurian Duijn from the Netherlands took silver with Next Sensation and Johanna Herlevi third with Gangnam Style. This is the fifth time that Valtra tractors have made a clean sweep of the European Championships, although it has been several years since the last time. Matti Herlevi has now won the European Championships six times, while his father Pekka has won it four times and sister Johanna two times.
“We spent many hours in the garage last winter thinking of ways in which we could further improve our tractors. For example, we rebuilt our transmissions to make them more durable with fewer gears. We also increased the amount of valve lift in the engines, and we made deeper recesses in the pistons before the start of the season. We took some risks, in other words, but it was well worth it in the end,” says Matti Herlevi.
The competition was extremely tight, as it has been throughout the season. The tractors are separated by so little that the positions were decided by just a few centimetres. The tractors were also so well tuned that they all made it thought the first pull easily with the exception of Mud Patrol, which suffered a broken front axle. In the pull-off the tractors continued to pull so convincingly that in the end the top 15 tractors were separated by less than ten metres.
The Belgian organisers managed to keep the track dry and grippy despite rain showers the previous day. Around 10,000 spectators were on hand on both days to watch the championships.
The new Valtra Unlimited customisation studio has opened at Valtra factory in Suolahti, Finland. The studio can fit any accessories and equipment that are not available directly from the production line during the normal manufacturing process.
As its name suggests, the Unlimited studio can fit any equipment that the customer orders as long as they work and that they comply with traffic regulations and requirements for type approval.
If a customer wants a tractor painted gold, or a driver’s seat covered in special leather, the Unlimited studio can oblige. In practice most equipment wishes will be related to the tasks to be performed by the customer’s tractor, such as auxiliary hydraulics, reversing cameras, forest equipment, central lubrication systems, flashing lights etc. In addition to customised features, all Unlimited tractors come with stylish Unlimited floor mats, seat covers, steering wheel logo and decal.
Initially the Unlimited service was offered only in Finland, but from autumn 2013 Valtra begin offering it also to customers across and beyond Europe. Customers can order Unlimited options directly from their Valtra dealer, so neither the customer nor the salesperson has to transport the tractor back and forth to fit additional equipments. In principle, everything from the initial order to warranty matters are handled by the same place.
For more information and an overview of the most popular Unlimited accessories visit www.valtra.com/unlimited.
An alcohol lock is only one example of the Unlimited studio offering. In many municipalities this safety feature is required on tractors used for road maintenance.
Valtra has received a gold medal at the Agrotech exhibition in Kielce, Poland. The award, which was presented by Polish Minister of Agricultural Affaired Mr Stanislaw Kalemba, honours the Valtra model N103 HiTech 5 as a cutting-edge solution in constructions and ergonomics.
For more information about the N 103 HiTech 5 visit Valtra.
For most jobs tractor operators drive their machine forward. But there are some applications where changing direction will get more out of the tractor while also improving the work posture of the driver.
This is why Valtra has developed TwinTrac – a unique reverse drive system which is available on tractors from 99 hp up to 370 hp.
Working with Valtra TwinTrac increases productivity in a wide a range of applications: on the field, in the forest, on the farm yard or in municipal maintenance work. The operator benefits from
- outstanding visibility and control of the implement
- improved machine agility
- further improved ergonomics with a reduced risk of neck strain
As a result the job gets done more accurately and quickly – the operator saves time and fuel costs!
Designed to work in both directions
The TwinTrac reverse drive system features additional controls in the rear of the cab, including an extra steering wheel and forward-reverse shuttle, plus accelerator, clutch and brake pedals. The driver’s seat in Valtra tractors swivels through 180 degrees so it is easy to change direction without leaving the seat.
A recent study showed that working in reverse offers significant health benefits as twisted postures of the back and neck can be reduced to a minimum.
To find out more about Valtra TwinTrac visit www.valtra.com/TwinTrac
The new tractors feature a brand new design which significantly improves agility and visibility from the cab. As a result the new models offer increased safety and are also easy to use. The new clean three-cylinder AGCO Power engine is economical and provides reliable power.
As with all other Valtra tractors, the N93 and N103 models can be tailored for specific uses and sporting one of eight different colours.
To find out more visit http://www.valtra.com/NewN