Oriental entry onto UK tractor market
SOUTH Korea is bidding for a slice of the shrinking UK tractor market with a range of small agricultural and compact models. Made by LG Machinery, the UK distributor is ABS of Wolverhampton.
There are 10 models in the range, all powered by liquid cooled engines having outputs from 27hp to 67hp. The largest tractors have Perkins engines of 62hp and 67hp, while Mitsubishi blocks power the others in the range.
Transmission for the six models from 40hp upward is a shuttle box offering 16 forward and reverse gears. Those below this power are equipped with 12 forward and 6 reverse ratios. Four-wheel drive is standard throughout the range.
Specification includes an electro-hydraulic differential lock for the Perkins powered models -which also have a 40 litre/min hydraulic pump output. Three point linkage capacity on the biggest tractors is rated at 2000kg while the compacts boast 1350kg lift capacities.
Most versions have a 55 degree front steering angle and power steering is standard for all models.
LG Machinery is part of a South Korean-based engineering group which also makes tractor-powered rotary cultivators and conventional balers. *