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New models expected to boost sales Model

Wheelbase

Turning radius

Lift capacity

A74

3-cyl, 3.3-litre 75hp

Engine

2,250

3.72

3,000

A84

3-cyl, 3.3-litre 85hp

2,250

3.72

3,000

A94

3-cyl, 3.3-litre 95hp

2,250

3.72

3,000

A104

4-cyl, 4.4-litre 100hp

2,430

4.01

4,300

A114

4-cyl, 4.4-litre 110hp

2,430

4.01

4,300

A124

4-cyl, 4.4-litre 120hp

2,500

4.50

5,200

A134

4-cyl, 4.4-litre 130hp

2,500

4.50

5,200

A simpler mechanical shuttle will be available later, providing a lower entry price point. 4wd is standard across the range.

Operator environment

A press launch in Holland announced new models from Valtra increasing its entry-level A-series from two to seven models. David Williams was there. The new tractors are part of Agco’s Global series, and manufactured in Brazil and Suolahti, Finland. Seven new models in three different chassis sizes offer outputs from 75–130hp, and all have cabs. Valtra’s N4 and T4 series tractors have proved a huge success since their recent launches and the new A-series shares many of their innovative and popular features. Also launched at the event was Valtra’s new SmartTouch control console for N, T and S-series tractors incorporating a large touch-screen display which Valtra claims is easier to use than a Smartphone.

Brand appeal Valtra tractors are often seen as a quirky option, with individual styling and novel features setting them apart from other brands. Good reliability and more character than many other makes results in great user loyalty. The latest line-up retains the quirkiness, but offers cabs and specification to rival any other brand and is bound to attract new users. With the new A-series likely to increase competitiveness in the smaller horsepower market sector and

More than half the A4-series tractors ordered will be used with loaders.

Adblue is used in all except the smallest model. Agco’s unique all-in-one exhaust treatment unit is neat and fits under the cab, saving space under the bonnet and without obstructing the forward view.

to be used with loaders, the structure has been designed to optimise strength, provide space for a tight turning circle and maximise visibility. New G-series loaders, available from the factory, have loader beams and tool carriers designed to make the most of the visibility and ensure stability.

The new cab is superb and makes the most of available space to provide a comfortable operator environment. Valtra designed it exclusively for the new range but it borrows many of the best features of the company’s larger N and T-series tractor cabs. Width and visibility are almost identical to the N4 and T4 models, but the A4 version is slightly shorter. Full electronic controls reduce space needed for levers and allow quality styling. Valtra is known for the ability to

Superb transmission Engines are 3- and 4-cyl AgcoPower units from 75–130hp.

state-of-the-art controls and display a new option on larger models, Valtra is well prepared to take on any major brands.

A4-series facts The previous A-series included the 88hp A83 and 101hp A93, with HiTech transmissions. The new range starts at a lower power point, catering for smaller livestock farms, but extends up to 130hp, reflecting the constant demand for extra power by farmers and contractors. Power is from Agco Power engines, with four valves per cylinder and new common-rail injection systems combine with SCR (Adblue) helping the tractors meet latest Tier 4 final emissions regulations. The smallest A74 is the only model not needing the exhaust fluid, instead using cooled EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) to achieve clean emissions. Three chassis sizes ensure wheelbase length appropriate for the power class and, as more than 50 per cent of the new tractors are expected

Valtra’s long-established HiTech power-shuttle transmission is standard. The main gearbox has 12 forward and 12 reverse gears, in just two groups simplifying gear changing with reduced range shifting. Maximum transport speed is 40kph at 2,200rpm. A super creeper option will appeal to those using the tractors for specialised applications offering travel speed down to 90m/hr @1,400rpm. The shuttle action is adjustable to suit the application with drive take-up rate selected by a dashboard-mounted dial. AutoTraction and HiShift are features standard on the new A4 series. AutoTraction allows stopping using only the brake pedal, by automatically disengaging the clutch as long as travel speed is under 20kph, the accelerator and clutch pedals haven’t been pressed and the power shuttle lever is in the current direction of travel. The feature is great for loader and transport work allowing 2-pedal operation without the clutch. HiShift allows gear changing without the clutch pedal. A gear levermounted push button is depressed during gear selection to disengage the clutch, which re-engages as soon as the button is released.

The cab is superb, borrowing features and build quality from the larger N- and T-series.

swivel the seat for reverse working and this feature is also carried on to the A4. A ‘proper’ passenger seat is an option.

Hydraulic capacity Open centre hydraulics are standard with up to three spools available. Maximum flow rate is 65-litres/min for the A74 and A94 and 98-litres/min for the larger models, obtained by combining the flow from two pumps using a rocker switch on the cab pillar. Hydraulic oil flow control is standard on A104–134 models.. Rear lift capacity is 3,000kg for the A74, A84 and A94; 4,300kg for the A104 and A114; while the two largest A124 and A134 models can lift 5,200kg. continued over...

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