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Thursday 28 August 2014

Zetor's Forterra roadshows set to display innovative 150hp model

Derek Casey

Published 08/07/2014 | 02:30

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Flagship: As a curtain-raiser to the launch later this year of their top-of-the range 150hp Forterra, Zetor are taking their flagship tractor on an Irish tour this week.

As a curtain-raiser to the launch later this year of their new, top-of-the range Forterra 150HD, four main Zetor dealers are being visited by a roadshow at which a pre-introduction model of the 150HD will be displayed alongside models from the Proxima and recently-introduced 80hp Major ranges.

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Beginning today in Co Armagh at the TH Troughton dealership in Poyntzpass, the roadshow will continue to Gurteen Agricultural College for an event hosted by Rainbow Engineering of Ferbane this Thursday.

Following that it's on to the Mullingar Agricultural Show for an event hosted by PF Gill of Edenderry on Sunday, July 13th and finally ending at Eardly Agricultural Services on Hebron Road, Kilkenny on Monday, July 14th.

Engine details

The new Forterra HD series is equipped with an economical 16-valve four-cylinder Zetor engine which the firm claims has class-leading low specific fuel consumption (these engines are already used for the HSX models).

The flagship Forterra HD 150 employs an in-line injection pump with electronic control. Unlike a mechanically operated controller, the electronic controller cuts fuel consumption and optimises torque.

The two smaller models, the Forterra 130 and 140, take their power from the same 4.1-litre four-cylinder 16-valve Stage IIIB Zetor engines used in comparable Forterra HSX tractors.

Inside the cab, a major innovation for the Forterra HD series is the multiple-function control panel.

To achieve greater load-bearing capacity, the drive housing has been reinforced and the rear axle has been extended by 2.26m. Zetor say the tractor is now heavier, more stable and bears greater loads on the three-point hitch.

The front-driven axle contains a differential lock and optional front axle gearbox spring suspension in combination with a spring-mounted cab aimed at making the drive more comfortable.

The wheelbase extension to 2.7m provides excellent weight distribution and the high stability required for effective work. The auxiliary four-part distributor with electric and hydraulic control represents another innovation.

In combination with the Category III hitch, it offers a wide selection of available implements.

To make field-work easier, the tractor is equipped with automatic headland turning. And for more effective use of implements, the front PTO power transmission has been increased to now offer 140hp.

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