Kubota introduces new half-track tractor

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Kubota Tractor Australia has rolled out a half-track tractor model featuring rubber tracks on the rear axle designed specifically to operate in wet and undulating ground conditions.

Kubota introduces new half-track tractor
Kubota M126X Power Krawler tractor

The new M126X Power Krawler tractor is based on Kubota's  M126X four wheel tractor and was released following an extensive evaluation process last year.

The tractor possesses 125 horsepower and features 400mm wide rubber tracks on the rear axle for a very light foot print and big contact area on the ground.

Kubota Product Manager Lars Pasedag says customers have been very happy with what they tested so far.

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"Whether the tractor was used for feeding out round bales during the wet winter months or spreading fertilizer in very hilly terrain, our customers have confirmed the fantastic handling of the half tractor over a conventional wheeled tractor," he says.

"One onion farmer reported he was able to plough the ground two weeks earlier than he could have done with his wheel tractor, allowing him to plant his crop earlier and improve quality and quantity of his crops."

Here is what Kubota says about the new product:

Manoeuvrability, stability and smooth ride

Unlike full crawler vehicles, the M126X Power Krawler's basic manoeuvrability and speed is nearly identical to that of standard four-wheel tractors so there is no need for special operator training.

The longer wheelbase, lower centre of gravity, and independently oscillating rear tracks improves stability and keeps operators from bouncing on uneven terrain-dramatically increasing operator comfort.

"The M126X Power Krawler steers and drives just like a wheel tractor," Pasedag says.

"The front axle in fact is identical to the wheel tractor and the rear rubber tracks on the rear do not leave scuffing marks on the ground when turning which protects the soil."

Traction and Floatation

The larger track footprint offers better traction, especially in wet and hilly conditions which makes this tractor very safe when operating on hills.

The Power Krawler's rear weight is distributed over the larger surface area of the rear tracks, which decreases the level of ground compaction by an estimated 60 per cent compared to a standard wheel tractor of comparable size, thus resulting in better floatation with less damage to soil.

The rear crawler design is central to the Power Krawler's special performance capabilities.

The synthetic rubber track features hard rubber lugs providing a smoother, quieter ride at higher speeds than typical steel lugs. Both sides of the tractor are kept in contact with the ground via independently oscillating crawlers.

The maintenance and process for changing crawler tracks is user-friendly due to the split-type drive sprocket design with rotating pins.

Kubota says the first question clients would ask is how long do the tracks last?

"Experience from overseas suggests the answer is between 2000 and 3500 hours depending on work load," Pasedag says.

"A set of replacement rubber tracks is priced at around $6000 via our spare parts department which is very competitive as a set of rear wheels costs the end user around $5000 per set."

M-Series Power and Reliability

The M126X Power Krawler is equipped with Kubota's turbo-charged Common Rail centre-direct injection system engine which provides power, durability and efficiency as well as low noise levels, all while meeting Tier III EPA Emission regulations.

The tractor also comes with a dual range transmission with eight powershift gears offering 16 forward and 16 reverse gears as well as a hydraulic shuttle which makes quick direction changes easy.

Kubota urges interested customers to contact their local Kubota dealer to arrange a demo of the new tractor.

For further information, or the name of your nearest dealer, visit Kubota Australia's website.

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