Thursday, 10 September 2020 08:46

Finn’s Swiss Army knife tractor

Written by  Mark Daniel
Valtra’s new G series is available in four models of 105, 115, 125 and 135hp (pictured). Valtra’s new G series is available in four models of 105, 115, 125 and 135hp (pictured).

As a sign of the times, last week Valtra brought together 180 journalists from around the world for the “livestream” launch of its first, fifth-generation tractor – the new G series.

Described as the Swiss Army Knife of the tractor domain – but made in Finland – alongside a claim to be the best loader tractor in the world, the new G is available in four models of 105, 115, 125 and 135hp – dubbed the G105, G115, G125 and G135 respectively. 

The G125 offers the ECO-Power system, while all models offer 5hp power-boost, except for the G135 which has an extra 10hp and maximum torque of 560Nm. 

While assembled at Valtra’s Finnish Suolahti plant, the four-cylinder, 4.4-litre, Stage V AgcoPower engine is sourced from the company’s Changzhou plant in China. It is then mated with a semi-powershift transmission from the GIMA collaboration in France. 

The tractors offer 24 forward and reverse speeds, which are delivered from four ranges and six powershift steps. The configuration is offered in HiTech, Active and Versu guises. 

HiTech is an open-centre hydraulic 100 l/min open-centre system, offered with three mechanical valves and a mid-spec armrest. Active offers the same general spec, but upgrades to a closed-centre, load sensing pump of 110 l/min output. The top of the range Versu configuration uses the same 110 l/min pump, but is combined with four electronic remotes and the SmartTouch terminal. 

All models offer lift capacities of 6 tonnes at the rear and 2.9 tonnes up front.

The tractors’ suitability for loader operations appears to be confirmed by its dimensions. 

This sees an overall length of 4405mm, with a 2550mm wheelbase and a tight 4360mm turning radius. 

Weighing in at 5140 kg and presenting a maximum permissible operating weight of 9500kg, the new G fits between the A and N series. The cabin comes from the A series and is fitted with a one-piece windscreen, 5.7 square metres of glass and a noise level of 73 dBA.

Key option packages include Comfort, Technology and Technology Pro. The former focuses on front axle suspension, cab suspension, air seat and a premium lighting package. The Tech options centre on varying degrees of guidance and implement connectivity. While the Pro version also offers section control and variable rate application functions. 

For those wanting a more individual look to their tractors, the Valtra Unlimited Studio offers a more customised appearance – including colour, leather upholstery, trim and audio upgrades – a choice the company reports is taken up by 27% of purchasers.

Currently being shipped in Europe, the new G Series tractors are scheduled for release in Australia and NZ during 2021.

www.valtra.com

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Designed to connect data from a range of on-farm equipment and suppliers into one management system, it creates a real-time decision-support platform, to make the farmer’s life easier, the herd healthier and the farm more profitable, says Lely.

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Lely suggests that feeding fresh grass over an extended season reduces the amount of silage that has to be conserved, reduces the need for concentrates and bought-in feed and increase the margin made on each litre of milk produced.

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