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The Valtra factory in Suolahti (Finland) is not only the northernmost tractor factory in the world but also a very popular place to visit.
Each year around 10,000 Valtra-fans, friends and farmers from around the world visit Valtra to see how individually customized Valtra tractors are being manufactured. 3,000 of them actually follow the invitation to watch “the birth” of their very own tractor on the assembly line.
Have you or someone close to you visited the Valtra tractor factory in Suolahti? How did you find the visit and the experience? What was the most memorable about the visit?
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Have you ever noticed how true winners seem to find each other and join forces to make things happen? This has been the case for two truly innovative products in Canada – the RoGator® and BASF’s HEAT® herbicide.
Our top-of-the-line self-propelled sprayer and BASF’s innovative new herbicide are enjoying a co-promotion across the western part of Canada. BASF is featuring the RoGator in all of its print advertising, positioning our machine as the applicator of choice for use when applying HEAT herbicide, which features a unique class of chemistry designed for burndown of targeted weeds and grasses for pre-seed and chemfallow applications.
In the first quarter of 2011, BASF held a contest across western Canada in which growers signed up in record numbers to win a one-year lease on a RoGator 1194 self-propelled sprayer and a case of HEAT herbicide.
The prize winner was chosen in April: Gordie Mueller of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, who manages a 3,500-acre farming operation that grows canola, peas, wheat, oats, barley and lentils. As the winner, Mueller gets to use a 1194 Self-Propelled RoGator for one year or 200 hours – whichever comes first, in addition to winning enough BASF HEAT herbicide and MERGE® to treat 640 acres. The total value of the prize is more than $54,000.
Upon winning, Mueller said the prize was a “pretty big shock!” He even added that he was intending to switch to a high-clearance sprayer next year, so this win was an absolutely perfect fit for him.
The RoGator is a common sight across the prairies of Canada, providing application of a wide variety of fertilizers and crop-protection products for wheat, canola and other crops common to that country. With large tracts of land to cover – often when racing the clock to make timely applications in a short timeframe – the RoGator is a natural choice for Canadian farmers and professional applicators alike.
Paired together, the RoGator and HEAT herbicide are simply unbeatable. Check out http://www.applylikeapro.com/AboutUs/Testimonials/ to see what customers are saying about the RoGator and www.agsolutions.ca/heat on BASF’s HEAT Herbicide.
Be on the look out for our next co-promotion. In the meantime – what are some of the winning combinations you’ve put together with your AGCO machines?
Valtra’s T Series models with the new SCR engines now come with a colour display on the driver’s armrest. The display has separate day and night settings. The daytime setting allows the information to be viewed even in bright sunlight, whereas at night the display is not too bright for the eyes.
All power at your fingertips
Valtra’s patented ARM armrest also has other new features. The joystick on the armrest can now be used to control the front or rear hydraulics, or both. The PTO and 4WD switches are now also on the armrest. In addition, it is now possible to make changes to programmes stored in the U-Pilot Headland Management System when the tractor is standing still.
Have you already tried the new Valtra ARM armrest?
The popular A Series from Valtra enters the HiTech era. The new electronic HiTech forward-reverse shuttle that is now available on the A Series is closely related to Valtra’s traditional shuttle feature, which is widely considered the best on the market. The smooth and precise shuttle is a big advantage when performing front-loader tasks. The system also features an integrated handbrake, further enhancing convenience and safety.
Together with the electronic shuttle the A Series gets a dual-speed PTO controlled by a hydraulic multidisc clutch. The PTO is operated by simple switches, and the hydraulics offer smooth engagement. Control switches can also be optionally specified in the rear mudguard.
The new A Series tractors are powered by AGCO Sisu Power 3.3-litre common rail engines. A viscous fan and common rail fuel injection reduce both noise and fuel consumption. With the introduction of electronic engine management, the A Series is now also available with cruise control. Other new electronic features are available for operating the front linkage and transmission. Valtra’s electronic Autocontrol front linkage is extremely precise, and switches for raising and lowering the linkage can be found in both rear mudguards. Valtra’s unique Autotraction feature and automated 4WD system are ideal for tasks that require repeated stopping and starting. The options list also includes electronic Proline dials that provide a wide range of information.
Driver comfort has been taken to a new level. Noise levels in the cab have been further reduced, and the cab itself has been comprehensively updated. The suspended pedals, including electronic clutch and gas pedals, are easy to operate even with heavy boots. Entering the cab is now easier thanks to wider access. The adjustability of the steering wheel and driver’s seat has also been improved. Customers no longer need to specify a forest cab, as the redesigned cab offers a more even floor. For forest tasks the cab can be specified with a gas pedal in the rear and a rear window designed for a loader valve.
Have you already seen the new Valtra A HiTech Series live?
Valtra updated its customer promise and corporate identity in connection with its 60th anniversary in January.
According to the company vision, Valtra’s aim is to be the most desirable partner for individual and reliable tractors and solutions. The new customer promise “Individually Yours” communicates the company’s unique way of operating among its own employees, sales and service network, partners and above all customers.
The core philosophy of Valtra is to meet the individual needs of the customer. This philosophy is born from Valtra’s unique customer-based service concept and customer order system, which was introduced in 1992. Valtra’s sales representatives work in close partnership with their customers to determine the ideal tractor specifications for their requirements. The design of Valtra tractors is based on modules combined with additional options and unique features, allowing half a million different combinations. This extreme versatility allows Valtra to offer competitive solutions to customers involved in farming, forestry, municipal contracting and heavy contracting.
The ongoing development of business practices, new investments in production, and future development plans will continue to reinforce Valtra’s individual and customer-based operations.
Together with the customer promise, Valtra modernized its logo. The Valtra name has appeared in 3D on the sides of tractors. The new print and electronic logo will have the same 3D design approach reflecting power and quality of its products.
How would you specify your custom-built Valtra tractor?