New Holland won the prestigious Tractor of the Year 2013 award in the Best of Specialized category with the T4060F. The T4060F is the top-of-the-range model in the T4000F/N/V series, producing 106 hp in a narrow overall package, making it the ideal choice for vineyard and orchard operations.
"This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all those involved in the development of the T4060F," stated Carlo Lambro, vice president, Europe. "Here at New Holland, we are fully committed to maintaining our position as the worldwide leader in the specialized sector and developing state-of-the-art systems, such as ECOBraud, which enhance profitability for growers whilst reducing their environmental impact."
A complete productivity-boosting and safety-enhancing package
The T4060F, together with the entire T4000F/N/V range, has been designed to offer outstanding operating efficiency. A whole host of features ensure that growers can tailor their tractor to suit their needs; a range of transmissions can be selected; and all F models benefit from the SuperSteer front axle for the best-in-class turning radius: 76 degrees. Safe operation comes courtesy of the 100 percent mechanical park lock and the new PTO ratio that further boosts operating efficiency with a fuel savings of 5 percent. The powerful hydraulic midmounts are controlled via an ergonomic joystick, and the entire system features a hydraulic motor function that offers 100 percent priority and a free return. The new electrohydraulic midmount valves are controlled via an ergonomic electro-proportional joystick that manages eight outputs.
The entire range benefits from the "protection level 2" Blue Cab, which has been redesigned and groups all key tractor functions together for intuitive and immediate operation.
Specialty spreader kit: Key pillar of the ECOBraud strategy
New Holland knows that in order to remain competitive in today's demanding marketplace, growers need to optimize their inputs to maximize their outputs. Within the viticulture segment, this also means meeting tough, consumer-led carbon dioxide reduction targets. The Specialty Spreader Kit available on the T4060F does just that, using variable-rate application technology.
First, the entire vineyard is mapped, and areas of high and low-quality yield are recorded. This information is then analyzed by New Holland PLM software to create prescription maps that indicate how much fertilizer should be applied in each area. This information is then transferred to the tractor, via a USB key, and the onboard precision farming package manages the application of fertilizer.
This variable-rate application assists growers in optimizing vegetation growth by counteracting areas of excessive or limited growth, which ultimately impact harvest quality. As a result, the area with high-quality grapes increases, boosting the operation's profits.
New Holland tests have shown that operations using the Specialty Spreader Kit have reduced the fertilizer application by as much as 15 percent. This represents a significant cut in input costs. Moreover, when analyzed in the context of the ECOBraud program, spreader management reduces the in-vineyard carbon footprint by 10 percent, which contributes to the 10 percent overall reduction in the carbon footprint of each and every complete bottle of wine produced.
FM750 display: Information at a glance
The color touch screen FM750 display also allows operators to monitor all the key machine parameters at a glance, including actual working speed obtained through the GPS signals, worked area, and fertilizer application rate, as well as the amount of fertilizer remaining in the bin. Advanced row tracing technology means that operators know exactly which rows have been covered to prevent overlaps; it also reduces fatigue during long working days and allows easy night operation as well.