Maximum versatility and ergonomic cab design are just two of the many advantages to be found with the new Kubota M6 series tractor. Advanced control comes with the Intelli-Shift transmission and an eight-speed powershift with a three-speed high, mid and low range, giving you 24 gears in forward and reverse. When you choose the auto four-wheel-drive mode, the M6 tractor switches automatically to two-wheel drive for travelling speeds above 20 km/h. The system will then re-engage to four-wheel-drive below 17 km/h. That means a smoother ride, plus fuel savings and reduced tire wear. Kubota has also redesigned the cab interior, with more room and rounded glass for a better view on the job at hand.
Built as much for comfort as for performance, Kioti brings its new PX9020 tractor to market as a small but capable workhorse. At 91.2 horsepower, the PX9020 boasts several key features, including hydrostatic power steering, rear differential lock, selectable ground speed power takeoff (PTO), dual remote hydraulic values and push-button four-wheel drive. It also comes with a rear PTO speed of 540 r.p.m. with an optional speed of 1,000 r.p.m. and a lift capacity of 4,850 pounds. Big or small, operator comfort has also become an expectation, and Kioti meets and exceeds that with a deluxe temperature-controlled cab and a moon roof.
John Deere’s small-frame design shows the company is putting serious effort into the market segment, building machines capable of posting some strong performance numbers in a package that’s the right size for their owners. The 6110R produces 110 horsepower and offers control and comfort wrapped around manoeuvrability and handling. Deere has enhanced visibility while adding selective control valves and moving them further under the cab. The cab’s interior has also been updated, bringing control components up to the same standards inside the 7R, 8R and 9R series. Other features in the 6Rs are an IVT transmission, available premium lighting packages and increased service intervals, meaning less-frequent oil changes.
The success of the X60 series mid-range tractor line is a tough act to follow, yet McCormick believes it has done just that with its new X6 series. One of its two models — the X6.420, rated at 111 horsepower — falls into our below-120-hp category, fuelled by a Betapower 4.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine. The four-wheel-drive front axle is also standard, as is the fully locking front differential that engages simultaneously with the rear differentials for true four-wheel pulling capability. A brand new four-post cab provides a more-modern look to the interior, with greater visibility and a whole new level of comfort.
Manoeuvrability, adaptability, comfort and visibility all come together in New Holland’s versatile T6 series all-purpose tractors. There’s only one model in the 120-hp-and-below class — the T6.145, rated at 116 horsepower, but it also comes with the option of the Auto Command continuously variable transmission. With its Tier 4B emissions standards and a 4.5-litre, four-cylinder engine design, you get better performance with maximum power. It can be ordered as “auto-guidance ready” or with New Holland’s IntelliSteer “auto-guidance complete” system installed and ready to use. You can also opt for the 52.2-gallon fuel tank plus an auxiliary modular tank for 58.6-gallon capacity, enough for 12 hours of operation.
The new Farmall 100A series tractor places two models from this series into the 120-horsepower-and-lower market, with a bold statement on value. With 110 and 120 horsepower units available, the 100A series simply helps you get the job done, from livestock operations to smaller-scale farms. Case IH also offers a redesigned cab, electronically controlled engine and a more economical drivetrain. The company says there are more standard features in this tractor than others in its class, including faster throttle response, quieter operation and increased fuel efficiency, plus a Tier 4B/Final-compliant engine design. Comfort is just as big in the smaller units, too, with a new cab featuring enhanced ergonomics, a new control panel and an available high-visibility roof panel.
Size always matters when it comes to tractors. But that doesn’t always mean bigger is better. In fact, smallest is often best, especially with the incredible technology, nimbleness and gutsy flexibility of today’s small tractors. Six different series of compact and utility tractors are included in this month’s MachineryGuide, with the manufacturers offering the same level of durability and reliability as in their more powerful models. Whether it’s moving hay bales or seed bags, these supposedly “small” tractors are big at heart, and can endure the toughest conditions around the yard.
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