Shane and Kylie McDonald were searching for a reliable, straightforward tractor for their specialist farm at Bell Block, New Plymouth. They looked at several brands and models then test drove a Valtra and loved it, they say.
The company had already scooped Tractor of the Year and Machine of the Year 2018 awards.
Now the SmartTouch has been singled out on its own merits, winning the IF Design Award that drew 6400 entries from 54 countries for judging by 63 experts.
Designed and manufactured in Finland and launched in 2017, the SmartTouch is said to break new ground in operator ease-of-use; all controls on the armrest are logically positioned and within easy reach.
Also noted were the product’s ergonomics, clarity of the display and the choice of materials to ensure operator comfort and durability.
The layout has a nine-inch touch screen at the front of the armrest, an integrated drive lever and a dedicated hydraulic control joystick.