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Horticulture gets its Rolls Royce ride
Antonio Carraro is going up
the ranks in the Australian trac-
tor sales chart with its range of
specialist orchard and vineyard
The multi-functional tractors
have been designed to operate in
narrow row-crops, vineyards,
orchards and tackle hilly terrain
as well. With about a dozen or
so model variations in its
Australian range and with
engine power ratings from 30 to
70 kW (40-95hp), Antonio
Carraro equal four wheel drive
tractors have for many years
been described by users as the
'Rolls Royce' of rubber-tyred
tractors that can work the
orchards, vineyards and hills.
Power for the tractors comes
from updated three and four-
cylinder diesel engines -- some tur-
bocharged and intercooled -- that
meet tier II and III emission levels
which, depending on model drive
A couple of models with hydro-
static transmissions are also avail-
able. Depending on model, the
tractors can be bought with such
features as front (optional) and
rear three-point linkage and PTO
systems and reversible operating
and control platforms.
There are models available with
ROP frames and climate con-
The cabins are 'super quiet' and
feature full length glass doors
which provide operators with a
full 360 degree visibility range.
Antonio Carraro tractors are
built around a full length chassis.
An integral part of the chassis-
axle assembly system is a longitu-
dinal oscillation joint mechanism
that caters for the independent
oscillation of each wheel-axle
assembly up to 15 degrees while
keeping all four wheels driving and
in constant grip.
This means that one front wheel
can be 300mm above or below
the other and be safely engaging
the ground. Turning circles for
the various models ranges from
2500mm through to 2980mm in
keeping with the tractors narrow
and compact design.
The operating platform on the
models featuring the letter R in
the range are equipped with what
Carraro labels its RevGuide
System, which completely inverts
the operator driving position.
Equipped with hydraulic ser vo-
assisted steering and suspended
hydraulic controlled clutch and
brake pedals, the entire operator
platform mono-group including
the steering wheel, dashboard,
seat and pedals can be rotated
through 180 degrees in just a few
This allows operators to main-
tain complete 'field vision'
whether working with front or
rear mounted equipment.
The operator platform (and
cabin where fitted) is fully sus-
pended on 'silent blocks' for
smoother and quieter operation.
The company has cleverly incor-
porated a sleek design for
orchard and vineyard work so
there is very little to snag on
branches and vine growth.
Details: Antonio Carraro Oceania, PO
Box 2018, Taren Point, NSW 2229, Tel:
(02) 9540 3155.
'Super quiet' cabins feature full-length glass doors.
Riding back 100 years
FROM the time Giovanni Carrara
started a small workshop in 1910 to
make and repair agricultural
machinery, he had a vision of
producing unique and functional
equipment that would make the task
of farming easier and more efficient.
During the 1930s, he developed
several motorised pieces of tillage
equipment, but it wasn't until 1958
he built his first tractor.
Giovanni's son Antonio took over
the business in the 1960s to
produce a range of specialised
tractors to work in environments
which would normally cause
problems for traditional tractors,
such as tight spaces, steep slopes
and low clearances.
Since July 2000, after many years
of distributing the tractors under the
makers name, Antonio Carraro
Oceania was formed and has been
operating as a factory subsidiary of
the parent company Antonio Carraro
Wide arms negotiate narrow spaces
INCREASED productivity and an easy
entry into organic farming practices
are just two of the big claims made
for the Seppi M Sar X variable width
rotary mower now being distributed
in SA by the G&J East dealership at
Designed and engineered in Italy,
the mower is being described by
users as the 'wide little mower'.
Interest in the mower by Australian
orchardists and vineyard operators is
following its success throughout
Europe and the United States.
The two big features of the SAR X
mower are combined in the double
outrigger arms which can be working
width varied, and also in the reach of
the arms and cutting heads for
working in between the plant trunks
for cleaning and mulching.
The outrigger arms are adjustable
individually or can be synchronized.
Touch-sensitive retracting outriggers
makes it possible to closely mulch
round the tree and vine trunks without
Also, the SAR X has side shift ability
making it suitable as a strong grass
mower, fitted with support wheels
and a floating mechanism allow the
mower to accurately follow the
contours of the ground. The Sar X
Variable width mower with its low
profile body design is also available
for front TPL mounting for superior
SEPPI M. S.p.A. is located in the
heart of the Northern Italy Alps in the
town of Caldaro, just about on the
border with Austria.
The company was founded in 1939,
but it wasn't until 1946 it turned its
attention to developing machinery for
the orchard and vineyard industries.
Here the interest was restricted
mainly to the manufacture of
mulching and mowing equipment.
In the 1950s it began developing
forestry mulching and maintenance
equipment including saw mills wood
processing equipment and in the
1970s started exporting equipment to
the US, Australia and New Zealand. In
the 1980s, Seppi M started making
mulching equipment, stump and stone
Details: G&J East, 1/35 Milnes Road ,
Strathalbyn, 5255 or 08 8536 3733
Touch-sensitive retracting outriggers make it easy to mulch around the
tree and vine trunks without damaging them.
• 30-50 kilowatt • Working width 6-9
km/h • ISO 3-point linkage cat. 1
reversible • Side shift hydraulical
• Gearbox without freewheel double
540 rpm • Input shaft 1 3/8" Z=6
• reversible rotation direction of the
• Two hydraulic mowing arms for inter-
row mowing and for adjustable
• Front support wheels, adjustable in
height and width
• Rear support wheels, adjustable in
• Hydraulic fittings needed: 3 double
• Standard knives rotating knives
with DAVID EAST
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