A new contender in the high-horsepower tractor class took to the field this week as SDF presented its most comprehensive Deutz-Fahr tractor line-up to dealers and potential customers.
The company also revealed plans for a €1m, five-year plan to increase sales and market share in the UK and Ireland.
“Despite efforts over the past 10 years, our market share is still below 3% when the product deserves 7-8%,” says Rob Howles, commercial manager. “That’s a realistic target – but to achieve it we need to fill many gaps in our dealer network, improve their product knowledge and business practice, further strengthen the Deutz-Fahr image, and ensure our products represent good value.”
The process was kicked off this week with the working demo launch of the new flagship 270-336hp 9-series TTV tractor, two six-cylinder additions and the new Comfort Shift transmission for the Agrotron 6-series, as well as new versions of the small Agroplus and Agrofarm tractors.
The 9-series is powered by a 7.8-litre Deutz with twin turbos, which Deutz reckons will improve the torque at either end of the rev range to make the most of the CVT transmission.
ZF’s latest-generation CVT, the Terramatic TMT32, combines technologies from other ZF transmissions already used in the Deutz-Fahr range. That includes the S-Matic’s slot-in cassette hydraulic elements for easier repairs and maintenance.
A new Dana front suspension axle has built-in disc brakes – anti-skid braking will be added later – and two-ratio steering for less arm twirling during headland turns.
Drivers get the same MaxiVision cab as fitted to the 200-263hp 7-series but with improved air suspension and controls for the front linkage built into the seat console and joystick.
The flagship tractor’s neatest party trick is a powered hood that lifts clear of the engine on parallel linkage at the press of a button.
A new addition to the Deutz-Fahr Agrotron 6-series goes against the trend of phasing out six-cylinder engines below 150hp. The 6140 has a 6.0-litre Deutz in a four-cylinder package delivering 135hp and up to 144hp with “boost”.
The 6120 has a straight 210hp from the same engine and can be had with a Comfort Shift and electronic spool valves package that ditches the gear lever in favour of button shifting between the six ranges of the 24×24 or 40×40 creep transmission.
The Agrotron 6-series from the 153hp four-cylinder 6150.4 upwards is also available with a revamped armrest console and a new instrument cowling with more air outlets for improved ventilation.
Same Deutz-Fahr’s Indian-built FARMotion engine makes its Deutz-Fahr debut in the 5D-series (formerly Agroplus) and 5G-series (formerly Agrofarm).
It’s produced in three- and four-cylinder sizes, and uses high-pressure common rail fuel injection, exhaust gas recirculation and a maintenance-free diesel oxidising catalyst (DOC) for optimum fuel use and emissions control.
Engine apart, the 75-99hp 5D and 89-109hp 5G sport a wider four-post cab with added refinement to provide the driver with a more comfortable place of work.
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