New Holland and Massey Ferguson have both revealed tailor-made variants of certain mainline tractors.
It’s a move that indicates the increasingly varied and specialised workload that agricultural machines are being asked to do.
With a view to catering for soft fruit and vegetable growers, New Holland’s high-clearance TDD tractor boasts 67cm (26in) of space below the drawbar.
That extra 30cm (12in) of crop clearance, compared with a standard model, is achieved by rotating the rear axle final drives and replacing the front axle.
Although the TDD range is made up of three models from 80hp to 94hp, only the largest TD95D is available as the high-clearance variant.
NH TD95D HIGH CLEAR
On the Massey front, things are angled more towards the amenity operator.
The company is evaluating the potential for a high visibility panoramic cab for its 6400 and 7400-series tractors in the UK and Ireland.
On one side of the cab, the B-pillar – which the door usually hinges on – is removed, along with the door itself. It is replaced by a one-piece pillar-less window made of 8mm thick scratch-resistant polycarbonate material.
This is said to give unobstructed 140° views to side-mounted hedge and verge-trimming equipment.
The panoramic cab option has been available in continental Europe for a number of years and has apparently proved very popular with contractors undertaking roadside maintenance operations.
But because of its European bias, the one-piece window is only available on the right-hand side of the cab. MF is undertaking market research to find out if there is significant demand for a left-hand option.