Visitors at Nampo Cape 2019, which took place from 4 to 6 September in Bredasdorp, had the opportunity to see the most powerful tractor in the Kubota range available on the South African market, the powerful M7-172. Denene Erasmus and Jeandré van der Walt reports.
The past year has been one of many highlights for the Japanese headquartered Kubota Corporation. The company announced the launch of its most powerful tractors yet produced. Farmer’s Weekly reported in August (FW, 23 August) that Kubota previewed the M8 Series for its North America market at the end of July.
However, earlier this year the company also launched the new Kubota M7 second-generation tractors, built on the successes of its first-generation M7 tractors, introduced in 2014, with added refinements and enhancements designed to meet the specific needs of today’s customers.
M7 Even more operator friendly
According to Kubota there are three new models under the new M7 line, the M7-132, M7-152 and the M7-172. At the top of the range the, M7-172 can deliver about 130kW (172 hp).
Dieter Bergmann, Kubota national sales manager for Smith Power Equipment who was at Nampo Cape says that on all M7 models, Kubota offers standard 4-speed live-independent power take-off (PTO), giving the driver the ability to operate a variety of rear-mounted implements at the optimum speed for each which results in lower operating cost and fuel consumption. Auto PTO on/off with a 3-Point Hitch Position automatically disengages the PTO when the linkage is raised, then re-engages when the linkage is lowered, increasing operator efficiency.
The new generation M7 tractors feature a 30-speed semi-powershift transmission, upgraded from its predecessor’s standard 24/24 transmission. According to the manufacturer the new transmission provides greater flexibility, allowing the operator to find the optimal gear for each job. The number of main gears has increased from four to six, and an auto shifting function evaluates range gear and then automatically adjusts engine output to improve acceleration performance under light loads.
The new transmission maximizes productivity and increases efficiency. The Premium KVT (Kubota Variable Transmission) features a continuously variable transmission that offers an infinite number of forward and reverse speeds. In addition, with a 40km/h top speed and new powershift transmission, operators can reach travel speeds faster and require less range shifting.
M7 Exceptionally Clean Diesel Engine
The manufacturer says that Kubota’s M7 Series boasts a powerful V6108 Kubota turbocharged diesel engine with a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) that transforms exhaust into water vapor and nitrogen. The Common Rail System (CRS) on the M7 Series electronically controls the timing and amount of high-pressure injected fuel in stages for optimal combustion, which results in greater efficiency, better fuel economy and less engine noise.
According to Bergmann, only two of the M7-172 Premium KVT tractors have been brought into South Africa since its launch earlier this year, these tractors have been undergoing extensive trials across South Africa during the last six months, but 3 new Powershift models will be available in November. The Directors of Kubota Corporation Japan will be visiting Smith Power and M7 customers in October as part of the growth strategy for South Africa.
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