Visitors to the recent International Exposition of Machinery for Agriculture (EIMA) in Bologna, Italy, were able to inspect New Holland’s new-generation narrow tractors, a new series of crawler tractors, and improved sensor technology for the FR Forage Cruiser.
The new T4 NFV series of narrow tractors is powered by a 3,4- litre four-cylinder FPT engine delivering 56kW to 80kW with a maximum torque of 444Nm from the top-of-the-range T4.110.
The Blue Cab 4 has a patented double-filtration system; the operator can operate on Level 2 protection and switch to Level 4 when needed, such as when spraying. This extends filter life and reduces maintenance costs.
These tractors have a large rear-hitch lift capacity and are available with electronic draught control. They also have a front three-point hitch with a lift capacity of up to 1 970kg and a front PTO with hydraulic clutch directly linked to the engine crankshaft.
The TK4 series crawler tractors, featuring ergonomic controls and the Steering-O-Matic Plus driving system, are designed to keep the centre of gravity as low as possible – a crucial feature when operating on steep slopes.
The front axle can be fitted with a 500kg ballast weight on the front to balance heavy rear-mounted implements. The three models in the series range from 55kW to 73kW and are available in various configurations.
At EIMA, New Holland announced a partnership agreement with Dinamica Generale, a specialist in weighing systems, electronic solutions and near-infrared (NIR) technology for agriculture. As a result, New Holland will offer ‘NIR on board’ as an option on the FR Forage Cruiser.
With this advanced sensor technology, a farmer can measure and monitor the crop’s moisture and nutrient parameters with ± 2% accuracy in real time during harvesting.
“This valuable information translates into excellent traceability, a great advantage for customers when preparing feed with diet mixers for their livestock or for sale,” said Lars Sørensen, New Holland’s head of harvesting product management. They’ll be able to precisely adjust rations according to the data to match their nutritionists’ feeding recommendations. As a result, they’ll provide high-quality feed every day with the consistency so important for livestock.”
Joe Spencer is the mechanisation editor of Farmer’s Weekly.