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The Dongfeng brand may
be relatively unknown in
Australia, but it comes
from the same stable as
the well-established East
Wind brand that has
been sold in Australia
for the past 15 years.
❏ By GRAHAM FULLER
DONGFENG could be Australia’s
cheapest, new-entry, four-wheel-
drive tractor, according to
importer Midway Sales.
It is laying claim to the title based on the
$13,950 price tag attached to its Chinese-
made, 18.75-kilowatt Factor y Direct Range
which also comes with a 4-in-1 bucket.
“In Australia, we virtually key-start them
and roll them off the container,” Midway
Sales director Scott Spring-Brown said.
“After a final safety check, pre-delivery,
they are ready to go to work.”
The company says while the Dongfeng
brand may be relatively unknown in Australia,
it comes from the same stable as the well-
established East Wind brand that has been
sold in the country for the past 15 years.
Midway Sales offers a choice with a
18.75kW model (ZB25), a 26.25kW model
(ZB35) and a 33.75kW model (ZB45),
equipped with 1.5 -litre, 2.23L and 2.83L
direct-injected diesel engines respectively.
The manual, four-speed transmission comes
with a high and low range and its three-point
linkage and PTO shaft for operating
ever ything from slashers to grader blades is
part of the standard specification.
There is also an Australian Certified,
folding, rollover protective structure, PTO
shaft guard and retractable seat belt. A clutch-
engaged safety switch prevents accidental
‘take offs’ when starting.
The standard 4-in-1 bucket can scoop,
blade, level, and grab, with the BL-25, BL-35
and BL-45 boasting lifting capacities of 350
kilograms, 400kg and 500kg respectively.
Its self-levelling feature is enhanced by a
quick-release mechanism. The machines have
a one-year parts warranty.
■ Final safety check, pre-delivery
■ Standard 4-in-1 bucket
■ From East Wind brand stable
☛ AT A GLANCE
BOASTING a 22.5 -kilowatt engine
which delivers 17.25kW at the PTO,
Kubota Tractor – Australia’s new
B3000HDCC tractor (pictured) – is
equipped with a three-range
hydrostatic transmission, an easy-to-
read dash panel, mid-positioned PTO,
and a tilt steering wheel.
Company product manager Michael
Hilleard says the tractor’s standard,
fully-sealed cab affords “excellent
vision” in all directions, and the
powerful airconditioning and heating
systems, combined with increased
insulation, ensure operators work in
comfort all year round.
Front and rear vision is enhanced by
front and rear wiper washers that
always return to a parking position to
provide a clear field of view.
Meanwhile, the slant-nose hood
design also improves forward vision –
especially when a front loader is fitted.
A fatigue-reducing deluxe seat with
parallel-link suspension and arm
rests, and an easy-to-read dash panel
has a white background and large
black numbers to allow users to
quickly monitor vital tractor functions
such as engine speed, engine
temperature and fuel level.
All colour-coded operating levers for
the transmission, three-point linkage
and mid and rear PTO are located along
the seat, within easy reach of the
A radio and CD player is a standard
feature as is hydrostatic power
Small Kubota, impressive vision
Entry-level Dongfeng bids
for cheapest tractor title
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