New Holland has combined several ingredients to create what it reckons is the ideal tractor for livestock and dairy farmers.
The new British-built 112hp T6020LS is claimed to reduce running costs, increase productivity and boost operator comfort.
The T6020LS uses a 112hp four-cylinder turbo/intercooled, mechanically-fuelled engine. Using conventional engine oil, the service intervals extends to 600 hours, while an exhaust aspirated pre-cleaner lengthens air filter life.
To reduce fuel consumption a big 113 litres/min hydraulic pump delivers oil only when required and gives a high flow at low engine rpm, reducing the need to rev the engine to obtain high hydraulic output.
Front tyre wear and driveline stress is also said to be reduced by NH’s Terralock system that automatically disengages four-wheel drive when manoeuvring, cutting front tyre scrub and reducing the turning circle. Straightening the wheels (for instance when pushing into a muck heap) prompts the four-wheel drive to automatically re-engage.
A deluxe air seat is fitted and the cab is said to be the quietest in its class at 70 dB(A). With only four pillars in the air-conditioned cab, just 9deg of vision is obscured from the all-round view, potentially benefiting safety around farm buildings. The roof visibility panel also takes the neckache out of loading into trailers.
Overall cab height is just 2.69m on 16.9 R34 tyres, so access to low buildings shouldn’t be a problem. The single piece lift-up engine hood allows good engine access (even with loader side frames) as there are no side panels to hinder servicing.
The integrated factory-fitted New Holland loader kit provides a seat-mounted joystick while a memory power shuttle puts the driver in the ideal gear ratio. The tractor remembers the last forward/reverse gear selected, avoiding any manual shifts or unnecessary engine revving.
The T6020LS also includes a dedicated steering pump which means the loader cycle time is always maintained even when turning. NH’s FastSteer system can also be fitted as an option, allowing the operator to execute a full lock-to-lock turn by only moving the steering wheel a few degrees.
Steerable front fenders are standard which means the loader frames don’t impinge on the tight turning circle.