A high-clearance tractor has been reintroduced to the Landini range to meet the needs of strawberry growers and producers of salad, vegetable and other delicate crops wanting to minimise the potential for contact damage.
The ‘Hi Clear’ version of the new Landini 5-D tractor has an axle arrangement that permits the use of tall row crop wheels all round, resulting in a significant increase in underbelly clearance.
“Our previous model, the Landini Powerfarm HC, brought a new dimension to growing strawberries in beds, as well as asparagus and other crops, because of the added clearance,” says Paul Wade, Landini product specialist. “The Powerfarm’s successor brings not only a new, more fuel-efficient engine but also more feature options to enable growers to choose the best specification for their particular circumstances.”
Among those new options for the Landini 5-D HC is a two-wheel drive version for growers who do not need the extra traction of a driven front axle. The pay-off is the ultimate in ground clearance, which at 700mm is even more than the 684mm provided by the four-wheel drive version.
There are also two extra transmission choices – a 16×16 creep option is available in place of the standard 12×12 synchro shuttle unit and there are 24×12 and 32×16 creep transmissions with push-button HiLo powershift and a response-adjustable power shuttle.
Operators with low power demand implements will save fuel by selecting the new 540/540E pto combination, which gives the required shaft speed at either maximum power or at almost 30% lower engine revs. The 540/1000rpm combination remains available for more demanding implements.
There is also a choice of power outputs once more, notes Paul Wade: “During the final phase of Powerfarm HC production, power output was limited to just 92hp,” he points out. “But the new 5-D HC is available with three outputs to suit different requirements.”
With 85hp from the 5-090D, 95hp from the 5-100D and 102hp from the 5-110D, the new range offers greater choice – and higher outputs – than any other high clearance range. Added to which the new 3.4-litre Perkins compact four-cylinder engine beneath the new-style hood can deliver up to 8% better fuel economy.
Emissions control requirements are met using a catalytic converter and self-cleaning particulates filter.
Operators get to work in a refreshed version of the existing four-pillar cab, which features a new instrument cluster adjustable with the steering wheel to maintain a clear view. It combines analogue and digital displays to provide more information than before.
New control locations and a lighter interior colour scheme also add to the improved driving experience.