Versatile tracked tractors are being brought into the UK by a new importer, JPM Agricultural.
The company, which is based near Louth in Lincolnshire, says it will give UK farmers access to the complete product range of new Versatile machines as well as replacement parts, spares and accessories direct from the manufacturer. It will also be at next week’s Lamma show.
Founded as the Hydraulic Engineering Group in Toronto in the mid-1940s, Versatile was the first company to be successfully involved in the mass production of articulated 4WD tractors.
In 1966 its D100 and G100 models caused a stir when the company offered them for sale in a price range comparable to standard two wheel drive tractors. The Versatile 150, the world’s first bi-directional tractor, was developed in 1977.
The company was taken over by Buhler Industries in 2001, and the High Horsepower Tractor (HHT) series produced from 2004 was marketed under the name of Buhler Versatile.
However, in April 2008 it was announced by Buhler that the Versatile trademark would henceforth be the only name associated with its tractor division.