MACHINERY: New Zetor and Merlo models to debut at national ploughing championships

The new six-cylinder Zetor Crystal 160 which will be unveiled at the forthcoming National Ploughing Championships.
The new six-cylinder Zetor Crystal 160 which will be unveiled at the forthcoming National Ploughing Championships.

The new Zetor Crystal tractor and Merlo medium duty Turbofarmer telehandler will be amongst the crowd-pulling exhibits to feature on the McHale Plant Sales’ stand at the forthcoming National Ploughing Championships.

The Zetor Crystal – a model that revives a popular name from Zetor’s historic past – will be available here in 144hp and 163hp versions. Powered by a 24-valve Deutz engine with common rail injection, it brings Zetor into the high-performance segment with a value-to-price specifications package that McHale sales director John O’Brien notes ‘will see Zetor competing toe-to-toe against the big brands’.

Features include 30/30 forward/ reverse transmission, three-stage torque multiplier, extended wheelbase, a more spacious, more silent, suspended cab with sunroof and new trade mark red wheels.

Merlo

From Merlo, all eyes will be on the new medium-duty TF35.7 Turbofarmer range. Machine of the Year title winner, the TF35.7 is claimed by Merlo to be the only model in its category to offer an effective 3,500kg lift capacity at a height of 7-metres.

Available with a mouth-watering range of driver comfort, operational and safety features, it is powered by a 122hp, 4-cylinder Euro Tier 4/Stage 3B compliant engine. On show with it will be a Roto version that - with its spider feet stabilisers and crane-like reach - is gaining huge favour amongst construction users.

Komatsu

Remembering also their role as Komatsu distributors – whose WA320-7 wheel loader is proving especially popular agricultural, quarrying and construction users alike – the McHale Plant Sales line-up will also include a PC55 and PC138 short-tail excavator.