Valtra drop model from its Australian lineup

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AGCO has dropped a Valtra model from its Australian lineup as it makes a series of model upgrades across the Valtra and Massey Ferguson marques

The Valtra t144 is no longer offered in Australia
 Agco has dropped a Valtra model from its Australian lineup as it makes a series of model upgrades across the Valtra and Massey Ferguson marques

Valtra will no longer distribute the T144 model tractor in Australia and New Zealand as it responds to Stage V emissions regulations coming into force in Europe.

But the Agco brand will introduce new models – the Tier 3 (non SCR) T154, T174E, T194 and T234 models with Powershift transmissions, each of which have either a 6.6L of 7.4L six-cylinder engine.

All Valtra models will also have a new slimline exhaust past the A-pillar thanks to a new after-treatment system located under the right corner of the cabin.

The change will be introduced on the 4.9L N4 series tractors, with the latest N134, N154 and N174 models being fitted with a single airbag version of the Aires pneumatic front suspension – a dual airbag version being installed on the T series.

The lower spec Hitech and Active variants can now be optioned with an auxiliary SmartTouch ISOBUS terminal, which also has a front linkage position display – useful for ground engaging work.

Models in Valtra’s S4 range – the marque’s highest horsepower offering – will also come with a new after-treatment system located under the right side of the cab, at the expense of a fuel tank on that side.

This means the left-side fuel tank has had to be redesigned to make up for the missing fuel capacity, bringing with it new stairs and a handrail, a more accessible toolbox and a new battery box.

Valtra continues to offer the S4 with the option of a non-selective catalytic reduction Tier 2 engine. It uses an older version of the turbocharging system and does not produce the additional 30hp (22kW) of boost that the Stage V engine does.

Some similar changes have been announced in Massey Ferguson’s 7614 and 8700S range, with an upgraded hydraulics system on the Tier 2 MF 8700S offers a linkage lift capacity of 12,000kg.

The 8700S’s 3.1m wheelbase gives it stability and traction, while its 11.5m turning circle enables it to operate efficiently in headlands and its curved chassis and low bonnet help to improve visibility.

A new Datatronic 5 touchscreen terminal in the cabin has tractor, guidance, ISOBUS and camera functions and the ergonomic Multipad controller makes it easy to operate.

With a carrying capacity of 16.5 tonnes, the new 8700S also has a redesigned 660L fuel tank, 16 LED work lights, rubber-covered steps leading to the cab and a removable toolbox integrated to the top of the fuel tank.

Changes to the MF 7614 include introducing a Dyna-6 transmission as standard, enabling it to reach a top speed of 40km/h, a heavy-duty rear linkage able to lift 8,300kg and a heavy duty 10-stud bar axle for precise track settings.

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