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TAS Country : June 14th 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012 Tasmanian Country 27 Special feature Farm vehicles ALL BASES COVERED: The Kubota Mudder has an impressive ground clearance and is lightweight. Make clearing crops a highlight A NEW high-clearance, row crop tractor from Kubota offers horticul- turists a wide range of features. The Kubota Mudder fills customer needs for a high ground clearance, light- weight and reliable ma- chine that has minimal compaction, according to Kubota. With ground clearance ranging from 660mm to 707mm, depending on tyre selection, the Mudder provides good mature crop clearance. ''They're ideally speci- fied to clear crops to carry out maintenance between beds or for harvesting to prevent crop damage,'' Kubota product manager Lars Pasedag said. ''With row crops you need height but you also need to be able to run in the rows and Kubota has addressed this with axles that are able to be adjusted on common track width settings between 1.5m and 2.03m.'' The Kubota Mudder has a 3.8-litre, four- cylinder power plant from previous models. ''With four-valve-per- cylinder technology, it is ahead of the competition and delivers better gas exchange and results in better fuel economy,'' Mr Pasedag said. The reliable M96S also features a 24 x 24 hydraulic shuttle transmission for clutchless forward and reverse movement. ''Most opposition ma- chines still run a clutch and this hydraulic shuttle works well if you want to attach a front fork to move pallets,'' he said. ''The system also re- duces a lot of wear that you would get in a dry clutch operation.'' The tractor features a lift capacity of 2100kg at 600mm. Details: kubota.com.au POPULAR: The Mitsubishi Fuso. Fuso rides rough at an easy canter MITSUBISHI Fuso is going back to the future and reinstating a popular go- anywhere version of its Canter 4x4. The Japanese brand re- cently introduced the latest generation Canter 4x4 and although the new model brought a wide range of improvements it was miss- ing the low-range gearing that gave the previous models remarkable off- road capability. Mitsubishi Fuso has ac- cepted feedback, much of it from Australia, and is cur- rently well advanced de- veloping a new Canter 4x4 with a dual-range gear set that will allow the rig to take on the toughest farm. It is currently referred to as the ''high-low gear'' ver- sion. The company will also continue to sell the existing Canter 4x4 that goes without low range because it is lighter, uses less fuel and is easier on its engine (at highway speeds) as it has taller gearing, which allows for easier cruising. This is currently called the ''high gear'' version. It will also be cheaper, although Mitsubishi Fuso is not about to say how much less it will cost. Mitsubishi Fuso Aust- ralia says the new Canter 4x4 without low range is doing well and has no problem running in mild off-road conditions. While it could conquer some of the meanest ter- rain, hop rocks and wade through deep mud, the lower gearing of the pre- vious dual-range Canter 4x4 meant that it was not at home cruising on the high- way. Its engine revved hard to maintain 95km/h, making it a mobile chicane for many other motorists and it was far from serene in the cabin. The 4x4 model that has just been introduced ben- efits from a smoother- revving engine and differ- ent gearing, which allows for a theoretical top speed of 129km/h. This in turn means that cruising at 100km/h is a far more pleasing experience. Both the ''high gear'' and ''high-low gear'' models will be available with the standard cab as well as the crew cab version. Apart from the gearing the trucks will be essen- tially the same. They have a gross ve- hicle mass of 6500kg (including the truck and its load). The trucks run a 3.0-litre four-cylinder diesel that generates 110kW between 2840 and 3500 revs and 370Nm between 1350 and 2840 revs. It runs a variable ge- ometry turbocharger for a more even spread of torque. A five-speed man- ual gearbox is the only transmission option. While the regular Canter is avail- able with the ground- breaking Duonic dual clutch automated manual gearbox, which can auto- matically change gears far quicker than a regular automated manual trans- mission, it is not available with the 4x4 model. James Stanford
June 7th 2012
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