Facilities 50kph top speed, integrated engine/transmission control. Driving by manual stick only.
Controls Lever with two setting ranges and thumbwheel for target speed adjustment. Engine load control. Analogue speedo with separate red needle to show target speed. Shuttle lever with park and power zero position.
First level No buttons, no complex displays. Simple concepts ease driver migration from a powershift. Select travel direction on shuttle lever, push drive stick forward, open throttle and go – very intuitive. Drives like stepless powershift if engine load control left at zero, though electronics still protect against engine stall.
Second level Quickly find that drive stick knob sets target speed, but may or may not twig that stick slot’s upper positions deliver two cruise speeds. Options for engine load control and shuttle lever will only come from handbook. Varying degrees of engine/transmission interaction then on offer.
Set pto revs using maximum rpm limit knob (aka cruise control in Deere’s terms), set required forward speed, open hand throttle wide. Transmission then holds accurate forward speed over varying terrain.
Possible to vary forward speed steplessly and smoothly while holding pto revs steady, but only using travel stick – there is no pedal mode. Can be a major shortcoming on work that needs the right hand to operate other controls.