Setting the trend in diagnostic control
Company expands tractor problem solving range for customers
Published 26/01/2010 | 05:00
AFTERMARKET parts specialist Vapormatic is now offering a multi-brand diagnostic tool to aftermarket tractor repairers and independent tractor garages.
Vapormatic is one of several companies to offer a broad range of tractor parts and components, which tend to cater for ageing, rather than new or newer, tractors. The company recently added an immobiliser anti-theft unit to its range of products, which can be fitted to any make or model of tractor or plant machine.
Broadening its portfolio even further, Vapormatic has become agents for the Italian made Texa Navigator TXT Agri diagnostics tool. Diagnostics equipment is commonplace in the motor industry, where there is all manner of kit, with code readers, service interval reset tools and diagnostic tools available. Some perform better than others on Japanese, European and American vehicles.
For the agri sector, up to now there has been little or nothing available, as the proportion of tractors with electronic controls was far outnumbered by the amount of cars. On economies of scale, by comparison, there are fewer tractors to fix and a much smaller demand for diagnostic kit. On the other hand, there are far more electronic functions and controls on medium to high-spec tractors than the average tarmac muncher.
As a rule, tractor electronics are very reliable. They have to be because of the environment they work in and the pressure placed on them to carry this work in all types of weather. Nonetheless, the electronic fleet is ageing and while repairs may not be frequent, they certainly are necessary. The Texa diagnostic tool gives agri customers the option that auto customers have had for years -- to go elsewhere for perhaps a better rate and not be tied to the main dealer.
On its decision to introduce the Texa Navigator TXT to the UK and Ireland, Nick Dicks, Vapormatic's marketing man, said: "We recognised the changing world of the tractor, and introducing this product fits in with out programme and core business.
"It is a modern-day product for modern-day tractors, and with it we are suppo- rting independent dealers and agricultural engineers, mechanics and technicians."
Texa also provides diagnostic equipment for the motor, truck and motorcycle industry and, according to the company, is now the leading non-original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and diagnostic tool provider in the agri sector.