New Holland SmartTrax offers higher manoeuvrability with less compaction

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New Holland’s latest addition to its comprehensive tractor range features rear tracks and large-diameter front wheels for versatility and improved traction.

New Holland SmartTrax offers higher manoeuvrability with less compaction
New Holland combined large front wheels and rear tracks to create the new T8 Genesis SmartTrax tractor range that offers customers better manoeuvrability with less soil compaction.

New Holland’s T8 Genesis SmartTrax range is based on the original Genesis T8 series wheeled tractors but with several design differences including purpose-built high torque axles that match the large diameter front wheels with the rear tracks. This enables full power to be delivered between the front wheels and rear tracks for optimum performance.

According to New Holland high horsepower product manager Don Forrester, the new T8 Genesis SmartTrax tractors have been developed to deliver the versatility of a wheeled tractor with the enhanced traction and flotation of rubber tracks.

"The rubber tracks are matched to large diameter front wheels to deliver excellent manoeuvrability and to overcome some of the issues that may arise with conventional twin tracked vehicles," he says.

"A key feature of the SmartTrax is the ability to turn lightly and cleanly at the headland. Versatility is the key, making these tractors also suitable for work such as spraying and top dressing."

The new range features two models – the T8.435 and T8.410 offering 380 and 340hp respectively.

Two track belt widths of 18 inches and 24 inches are available on the new series. According to New Holland, the contact patch of the 24-inch SmartTrax system is up to 60 per cent larger than a 710/75R42 single rear tire set, while the 18-inch system is 35 per cent larger than a set of 480/95R50 rear duals.

Larger contact patches with the soil helps minimise soil disturbance and enhance traction; as well as reduce ground pressure and compaction.

New Holland says the combination of wheeled front axle and rear tracks enable the T8 Genesis SmartTrax range to operate at full power in turns around wet field areas or on the headlands. The company adds the full power turn capability is a key advantage over twin tracks which shut down power in one track to make the turn.

 All models in the T8 Genesis SmartTrax range can be specified with a range of working widths, with track spacing choices of between 76 and 152 inches. Narrow undercarriage models come standard with 18 inch tracks while wide undercarriage models come with 24 inch tracks for work in more extreme conditions such as steep terrain or in wet conditions.

The line-up features New Holland’s AutoCommand continuously variable transmission (CVT) as standard.

It will be making its debut at the Southern Farming Systems seeder demonstration day this week in Geelong where New Farm Machinery will be taking a closer look at the new workhorses and take them for a spin.

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