One newcomer slated for introduction at the forthcoming Irish National Ploughing Championships is the new Merlo Medium Duty Turbofarmer range distributed here by McHale Plant Sales of Birdhill.
Two models make up the range – a TF33.9 and TF35.7, both powered by a 122hp, 4-cylinder Euro Tier 4/Stage 3B compliant engine. Key features of the new models are their more compact dimensions (2,240mm wide, 2,250mm high) and their claim to be the only telehandler in its category to offer an effective 3,500kg lift capacity at a height of 7-metres.
Depending on model choice, features include EPD transmission, gear pump and variable displacement pump hydraulic system, load sensing and an air filter with DOC catalyser and EGR valve that eliminate the need for other filters. Models with load sensing come with the following standard specifications: rear service lines, trailer socket, front and rear diff lock, trailer braking, pick-up hitch and tractor homologation. Those with gear pump have a roof wiper and towing hook.
Comfort elements include a new, more comfortable ROPS and FOPS standard cab (with hydro-pneumatic suspension standard on four CS models) with best-in-category dimensions of 1010mm (wide) and 870 mm (entrance width) and increased glass area for better visibility.
Winner of the Machine of the Year title at Intermat, its other features include less interior noise, a more efficient air conditioning system more effective in terms of defogging and defrosting, electronic mono-joystick (standard on Load Sensing versions) and electro-hydraulic joystick (standard on gear pump versions).
Safety-wise, all models comply with the EN15000 standard and are equipped with electronically controlled hydrostatic transmission. An ECO function can automatically limit engine speed to 1800 rpm and deliver 18% lower fuel consumption. Speed is 40km/h across the range with features that include speed control with cruise control and inching control functions.