Tractor of the year 2019@Eima International Bologna
Tractor of the Year 2019, twenty-second edition, the most coveted prize for tractors and also a comparison arena for the kinematic chain will take place at Bologna Fairs. Wednesday 7 November, at 2:30 pm, Tractor of the year 2019 will awarded in the Quadriportico, Hall, Centro Servizi (Ground floor). Two teams are on the pitch as always: captive and free market for the OEM world. Both include a large group of Italian engines. Two out of three for the Toty (double by Fpt Industrial), the same for specialized tractors (being the winners Same and Kohler), another double score for Fpt among the utility tractors), where we have four competitors.
Fpt Industrial NEF6.7 is the biggest defender of OEM oriented engines
In the most coveted category of open field tractors we have two pure captive competitors such as the NEF 4.5-liter that equips the American from CNH, the Case Ih Maxxum 14.5 Actidrive 8, 114 kW or, if you please, 155 HP at 1,900 rpm and 650 Nm, the most aggressive of all the competitors in the three categories. You can see a clear trend towards mid-range power, without stressing the mep and overstress the pistons with excessive rpms for such applications. The other ‘home made’ engine bears an unusual signature, that of Zetor. Still a 4 cylinder, cylinder just over a liter, 100 net kW. Will the tractor drivers from Brno succeed in entering the free market? We witnessed at Intermat the first stirrings of Stage V, and the Bauma Monaco, the mother of all fairs, is near. The flagship of ‘OEM oriented’ engines is still NEF, this time with its 6.7 liters installed on the McCormick X7.690. Featuring 151 kW and 650 Nm, acceleration, transients and Hi-eScr formula could make this tractor fly high.
The utility segment of Tractor of the year 2019 is a competition between CNH, giving its odd S8000 (re-launched for small and medium CNH tractors and power generation) to the Case Ih Farmall 75A, the F34 under the hood of Steyr Kompakt 4115 Hd and AGCO. The defending champions (who won Toty, Specialized tractors and Best Design awards last year) are represented by the Fendt 313 Vario and the Massey Ferguson MF 6713. There are no non-captive engines among the four competitors.
Orchard and vineyard tractors
The most lively section in the panorama of independent engine manufacturing, that of specialized, closes the grid. The trio speaks Italian, as in the best tradition of orchard and vineyard tractors: Antonio Carraro, Landini and Same.
The Ttr 7600 Infinity, which features the Kohler KDI 2504 Tcr, comes from the province of Padua, in North Eastern Italy. We find here the electronic version, equipped with chip and common rail and delivering 55 kW to meet Tier 4 Final/Stage IV thus avoiding post-treatment issues. Landini, from Reggio Emilia, enters the grid with its Rex 4-120 Gt which boasts under its hood the second free engine of the lot, the 77 kW Deutz TCD2.9L4. The Same Frutteto Cvt 115S is the captive soul of the group along with the Farmotion Kd483, showing the same performance level of Deutz.