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Tractor buyers' guide
THE TGF 10400 from the new ERGIT 100 series out
of Antonio Carraro's Italian factory is a solid and
powerful machine despite its compact dimensions.
The new TGF is a progression from the original
low profile cabin tractors which were the first into
the market over 10 years ago, and there have been
many refinements and improvements in the latest
It boasts a Tier 3A turbo intercooled four-cylinder
VM diesel motor, putting out 70 kilowatts -- or
95hp -- and is capable of reaching road speeds of
up to 40 kilometres per hour. With a cabin height
as low as 1700 millimetres, minimal width of
1245mm and an overall length of 3275mm, it can
cope with dense crop plantings, low sheds and
overhanging branches and has an external turning
radius of approximately 3200mm.
Like the entire Antonio Carraro range it has a very
low centre of gravity and can perform complicated
jobs in difficult environments and terrain conditions
with relative safety and a minimum of effort from the
It has been specifically designed for working in
orchards, hilly areas, or where compact equipment is
required -- primarily as a spray tractor. The
pressurised cabin is equipped with an environmental
monitoring computer which maintains operator safety
when spraying toxic chemicals. The system keeps an
eye on the particle levels within the cabin and sounds
an alarm when the cabin is compromised.
The TGF has four wheel drive with the rear
wheels only marginally larger than the front,
allowing it to gain the full advantage of all four
wheels for maximum traction and safety. The
structural and operating concepts are based on the
Actio system that affects the height, driving
position, hillside safety, traction, ergonomics and
versatility of use. Actio is a unique feature which
consists of an oscillation point in the chassis
behind the front axle, allowing for a tilting angle of
15 degrees to either side, and helping maintain
traction on all four wheels in all terrain.
The new TGF 10400 also has streamlined
bodywork which allows it to move through densely
planted orchards causing minimal damage to trees
and fruit. The new bodywork incorporates a tilting
bonnet that gives clear access to the engine.
Device coupling is provided by an adjustable quick
couple three point linkage system which can have
an option of hydraulically adjustable side height and
top links. The lift capacity on the linkage is up to
2300 kilograms. The PTO is available in 540/540E
and synchronised and comprises a wet-disc clutch
which is progressively engaged to ensure smooth
equipment start up. Noise from the PTO has been
greatly reduced in the new model through a
redesign of the gearbox and immersing the PTO in
Narrow tractor built tough
JOHN Deere's 5R Series has been designed
with specialist growers in mind, and the
range's narrow models ideal for orchard and
The series features six models -- 80
horsepower, 90hp and 100hp in both normal
width and narrow 1.86-metre width -- and is
designed as the new generation of tractors to
replace the 5020 Series.
All tractors in the range are powered by a
4.5-litre PowerTechE engine, which is
certified according to Tier 3A emission
requirements. This two-valve high-pressure
common rail engine delivers high levels of
power, torque and fuel efficiency. The engine
is also equipped with electronic fuel
injection, a distributed cooling system and an
active charge air cooler.
The 5R Series full-frame chassis design
allows for a 20 per cent higher payload -- and
therefore the use of heavier implements -- as
compared to the 5020 Series.
Two transmission options are available Both
the basic PowrQuad Plus and AutoQuad Plus
transmission feature four ranges with four
power shifting gears operating between 3.3
kilometres per hour and 40km/h, and are
available with an underdrive option that
allows speeds as low as 1.5km/h. With the
new AutoQuad Plus transmission, the
operator can work more comfortably and
save fuel, because the transmission shift
points can be pre-selected according to the
application to ensure the tractor operates in
the most fuel efficient gear.
The air-conditioned TechCenter cab is
tiltable and features 310 degree vision, while
the telescopic and tiltable steering column
creates more space for operator comfort.
Details: John Deere deere.com; Gilbert Motors
Flexibility key to Kubota dual speed
KUBOTA'S new 95 horsepower M9540 Dual
Speed boasts 36 forward and 36 reverse
gears, enabling it to operate safely at any
The new machine is based on the popular
M40 Series of 62hp to 95hp tractors, which
were first released in 2006.
Equipped with fully synchronised dual
speed transmission, electronic over hydraulic
independent PTO, wet disc brakes and four-
wheel braking, the Kubota M9540 delivers
high productivity with low running costs.
The four value V3800 turbo engine achieves
a top speed of 40 kilometres an hour, and
offers high fuel economy, low noise and
vibration levels, and is Tier 3 emission
The fully synchronised dual speed
transmission gives operators 36 forward and
36 reverse gears. Each gear, including the
integrated creep speeds, is able to be split
with the Dual Speed Hi/Lo half gear splitter,
meaning an ideal gear can be found for all
To maximise breaking performance, the
M9540 Dual Speed automatically engages
four wheel drive when the brakes are applied
during two wheel drive operation, while the
hydraulic wet type disc brakes ensure long-
Kubota's M9540 has an ergonomically laid
out cab with plenty of space, even for tall
operators. With an arched front windshield
and corner post exhaust, visibility from the
cab is excellent, while a LED panel on the
dashboard keeps operators up-to-date with
the tractor's performance at all times.
Details: Kubota kubota.com.au; G & J East 08
Continuing to deliver the ultimate tractors
Premium power, comfort and versatility...
...in a mid-size, full-frame tractor
The new 5R Series prove the old saying true -- 'less is more'.
Now you can enjoy the experience in a smaller, mid-size package.
Building on the proven reputation of the 5020 Series, the new
5R Series gives you even more.
More power... more comfort... more control...
and even greater versatility
Gilbert Motors Strathalbyn
34 High Street, Strathalbyn
Phone 8536 2066 Fax 8536 2672
Norm Nation Mobile 0429 060 947
FREECALL: 1800 686 828
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