Three-way choice of Landini yard scraper tractors
Dairy farmers looking at the Landini range for their next yard scraper tractor are not short of options, with the compact 2 Series, new 4-075D cabless model and open or cabbed 4-075C tractors providing a three-way choice of simple-spec machines to suit different circumstances.
The new-look Landini 2 Series – which has replaced the Mistral – comes with three power outputs of 43hp, 47hp and 54hp from Yanmar four-cylinder engines driving through a 12x12 or 16x16 creep transmission with synchro shuttle and 4wd. The three models - 2-045, 2-050 and 2-060, are as little as 1.3m wide on a 1.76m wheelbase, allowing easy access to cubicle buildings.
If something a little more substantial is called for – to handle a sand dispenser or other rear-mounted implement – then the new Landini 4-075D (2 and 4wd) is another solution. Selected from a new range of utility tractors – the 4-D Series – developed by Landini manufacturer Argo Tractors, the 4-075D sits on a 2.1m wheelbase and axles that can get the tractor down to an overall width of no more than 1.67m.
The 4-075D also has 12x12 and 16x16 creep gearbox configurations but from a bigger, more robust Argo transmission, operated by a forward-reverse synchro gear lever to the left of the driver and a four-speed gear lever to the right, where a short three-range lever is also located. Rubber mats cover the footwells, bare metal surrounds the plastic upholstered seat and there are few electrics, so the tractor can be power washed with confidence to shift corrosive slurry deposits.
Powered by the naturally-aspirated, mechanical fuel injection Perkins 1104D Series engine (no add-on emissions equipment), the same block is used in the Landini 4-075C. This matches its smaller cousin on wheelbase dimensions but has a broader stance for added stability, with a minimum width of 1.75m. It also has more advanced driveline features, with a new Hi-Lo two-speed powershift option providing a shift-under-load 18% increase or decrease in speed. This new feature is available with the 12x12 base transmission to provide 24x24 speeds or the 16x16 creep transmission to obtain 32x32 speeds.
By Steven Vale