New Holland relaunches utility workhorses with Dual Command transmission

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New Holland’s popular T4 utility tractor range has been given a transmission upgrade and will now feature the Dual Command transmission with 24x24 or 40x40 options.

New Holland relaunches utility workhorses with Dual Command transmission
New Holland has spruced up its popular T4 compact utility tractor range with the effective Dual Command transmission.

Four models – the T4.85, T4.95, T4.105 and the T4.115 have been given the Dual Command treatment and are powered by 4-cylinder engines with Common Rail technology offering outputs of 86 to 114hp.

New Holland under 100hp product manager Andrew Barrie says the new range is the culmination of extensive customer consultation.

"The new T4 Dual Command range has been designed with front end loaders in mind and in the competitive dairy, livestock, mixed farming and utility segments, farmers are demanding increased levels of operational flexibility and comfort," he says.

Dual Command

The standard 24x24 Dual Command transmission features an easy-to-use Hi-Lo powershift which New Holland says can reduce forward speed by 15 per cent and increase available torque by 18 per cent.

Hi-Lo speeds can be selected in each of the four gears using push-buttons on the side of the gearshift lever while a PowerClutch button on the back of the lever permits shifting between gears without having to use the foot clutch.

According to New Holland, the optional 40x40 Dual Command creeper function is capable of delivering speeds as low as 130 metres/hour which makes it ideal for vegetable growers or speciality operations.

The column-mounted PowerShuttle features three aggressiveness-settings which can be regulated easily on Dual Command models. A dedicated switch on the ‘B’ pillar enables users to select the soft setting for field activities such as baling; medium for standard work and the highly sensitive setting for intensive loader work which requires swift direction changes.

Common Rail engines

All four models in the T4 Dual Command tractor range are fitted with the new 3.4-litre Common Rail, turbo charged F5C engines developed by FPT Industrial featuring Cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation technology for Tier 4A engine emissions standard compliance.

The engines develop between 86 and 114hp with a maximum torque of 457Nm, a 35 per cent increase from previous models. The entire range is also compatible with B20, 20 per cent biodiesel.

New Holland says the engines have been designed specifically for agricultural applications and develop maximum power at 1900rpm with an extended maximum torque profile between 1700-2100rpm for improved flexibility in a wide range of applications.

540 PTO speed is achieved at 1957 engine rpm to ensure constant productivity when PTO driven implements are placed under load. The 540 ECO PTO speed equates to just 1535rpm for reduced fuel consumption.

VisionView cab

In addition, the new T4 Dual Command models have been fitted with a new VisionView cab which New Holland says has been designed around the operator using advanced virtual reality techniques.

New Holland says the controls have been designed to fall perfectly to hand for operators of all shapes and sizes. The principal controls, including the electronic draft control (EDC) mouse, PTO speed selection and hydraulic remote levers have been placed to the right of the operator in a ‘Command Arc’ to reduce fatigue and increase precision.

A transparent, fully opening roof hatch gives operators an unrestricted view of the loader during loader operations while curved opening rear side glasses offer an unobstructed line of sight of rear-mounted mowers.

The exhaust muffler, which is now postiioned in line with the A-pillar offers operators a perfect view of the inner tyre wall which is ideal when working in narrow row-crop applications.

An all-new dual zone air-conditioning system utilises dual-zone technology to deliver an even flow of air for optimum operator comfort. Side-opening windows further enhance visibility and ventilation.

Some other features of the VisionView cab include:

  • Standard instructor seat with safety belt
  • Steering column with both tilt and telescopic adjustments for enhanced comfort
  • Easy-to-reach electronic switches for engagement of the 4WD and rear differential lock engagement as well as New Holland’s EDC mouse with fast link lower button and depth adjustment slider incorporated on to the Command Arc console.

All models in the T4 range can be specified with either ROPS or cab to suit all operators’ needs and budget.

The ROPS version features a wide open flat deck platform, mechanical draft control, comfortable seating, electronic rear differential lock and a Falling Objects Protection System (FOPS) canopy.

The T4 Dual Command range made its debut at the recent FarmFest field days in Queensland and is currently available from New Holland’s network of dealers around the country.

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