To mark its 60th anniversary Zetor unveiled four new tractors at the TechAgro show in Brno, Czech Republic earlier this week.

Previously topping out at 88hp, the Proxima range is extended by the addition of three new models – 82hp, 90hp and 100hp.

Designated Proxima Plus, the 8541, 9541 and 10541 gain a more sophisticated transmission similar to that of larger Forterra models.

Formerly a 12 forward x 12 reverse all mechanical gearbox, the upgraded unit is a four-speed, two-range box with electro-hydraulic splitter and mechanical synchro-shuttle offering 16 forward x 16 reverse gears.

An oil-immersed clutch pack now links the transmission to Zetor’s own 4.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder power plant.

Home Audience
Zetor took the opportunity to show off its new products to its home audience at a show that is billed as central and Eastern Europe’s largest. Techagro’s sheer size now rivals the SIMA show in Paris and Agritechnica in Hanover ( www.techagro.cz ).

At the back end the linkage is upgraded to include independently adjustable stabiliser rods and quick-hitch hook-ends for the link-arms.

A factory-fitted front-linkage and pto can also be specified.

In addition, to cater for fore-end loader users the Carraro front axle has been beefed up.

First versions of these new models should arrive in the UK by late spring – look out for Farmers Weekly’s First Drive.

Zetor’s larger Forterra range also gains a new arrival – the 120hp 11741 four-cylinder.

Current Forterra models are powered by Same six-cylinder engines.

But because these do not meet Tier 3 emissions legislation, the Czech tractor manufacturer cannot sell these units from 2008 onwards.

New Zetor Tractors
    Proxima Plus   Forterra 4C
Model 8541 9541 10541 11741
Power 82hp 90hp 100hp 122hp
Engine
4.2-litre Zetor 4-cyl turbo-intercooled
Transmission 40kph 16F x 16R mechanical with splitter 40KPH 24F x 18R mechanical with 3-speed powershift

Consequently the firm has developed a 120hp four-cylinder tractor to overlap with current models.

Zetor is planning to develop higher horsepower six-cylinder tractors and will have new models by the beginning of 2008.

These larger power plants are likely to continue to be sourced from an external engine manufacturer — which one is yet to be decided.

This new four-cylinder will fill the slot for those wanting a lighter, more manoeuvrable 120hp tractor.

Visit http://www.zetor.co.uk for more details.

fwmachinery@rbi.co.uk