Ploughing ahead with Nordic changes
Valtra launches A-Series of high-spec tractors and T-Series undergoes an impressive revamp as maker celebrates 60 years of success
Published 22/02/2011 | 05:00
This year, Valtra celebrates 60 years of tractor production in Finland, effectively started in various converted armaments factories after WWII.
Owners AGCO continue to invest in their Nordic, and latterly Brazilian, facilities and products, which is certainly positive for the tractor and engine manufacturer. On the product front, Valtra has just launched a new high-spec A-Series, while the T-Series undergoes an emission-led transformation.
Valtra's A-Series has been the firm's basic specification tractor, ideally suited to stockmen and smaller farmers, but has perhaps got a little left behind for some as farmers and farming evolves. The firm says that the A-Series has a long and distinguished tradition as a very popular range in the Nordic countries as a strong, light and manoeuvrable tractor in both field and forestry applications.
There are two new models in the new HiTech A-Series, the 88hp A83 and the 101hp A93. The most significant change to be introduced on the new high-spec A-Series is an electric controlled forward/reverse 'HiTech' shuttle, which the firm says is closely related to the traditional Valtra shuttle. The firm also claims it is considered the best in the business. Valtra says smooth, positive forward/ reverse shuttling makes light work of loader work in particular and assists manoeuvring in farmyards and on headlands. Integrated into the shuttle lever is a hydraulic handbrake, which should be useful on a tractor like this, where it is likely that there will be a lot of traffic in and out of the cab around the feed yard. Also included in the higher specification A-Series is an oil-immersed, two-speed pto operated by a rocker switch in the cab or as an option, externally on the mudguards.
Power for the A-Series is provided by a 3.3-litre AGCO Sisu Power engine, which is equipped with common rail fuel injection, an unusually high specification in this class and power of tractor.
Valtra says the combination of a viscous fan and common rail injection reduces both noise and fuel consumption and it will, no doubt, have a positive effect on engine power and torque. Cruise control is also available as an option on the common rail models.
Additional electronic control will also be available for transmission and rear linkage, according to the firm. Controlling the three-point-linkage is Valtra's Autocontrol, while Valtra's AutoTraction function helps ease tasks requiring repetitive stops and starts. Proline instruments, found on the accessory list, provide a wealth of information according to the firm.