JAPANES MANUFACTURER SETS SIGHTS ON SHARE OF MAINSTREAM MARKET
DETERMINED TO capture a share of the mainstream agricultural tractor market, Kubota has launched its 105hp M105-S.
Standing at under 2.7m and with a turning circle of 3.6m, the tractor is likely to particularly appeal to livestock farmers who have cramped buildings, says the company.
A 3.8 litre Kubota 4-cyl engine with turbocharger and intercooler provides the power, but it is the transmission that sees the most impressive developments.
The gearbox is a 32 forward/32 reverse unit. Four manual changes are made through a standard H-pattern gate, knocking the lever right or left duplicates these manual changes through an electro-hydraulically operated clutch-pack to give a total of eight.
A clutchless gear splitter doubles the number of speeds to 16, all of which operate in either high or low range. Priced at £28,500, the tractor will receive its first public airing at the Smithfield Show (Dec 2 to Dec 5).
Since then the firm has made a strong effort to make its presence felt at shows and demonstrations around the country.