‘Thinks Like a Pro, Works Like a Beast’
With a tag-line like this, Finnish tractor manufacturer, Valtra, has certainly thrown down the gauntlet to their competitors with the highly anticipated launch of it’s new Q Series this Autumn. This new tractor range will bridge the gap between Valtra’s 5th generation T-Series and S-Series, and will be geared towards large farmers and agri contractors.
The 5 new models (235HP – 305HP) in the Q Series range have been designed, manufactured and built at Valtra’s Suolahti factory in Finland.
Over the years, Valtra, has had an affinity with Irish farmers most notably for it’s durability and work horse reputation not to mention the superior dealership backup.
Large scale farmers / agri contractors have been demanding a high spec, medium weight high powered tractor complete with CVT transmission. ‘Ease of Use’ and relatively low running / maintenance costs are also key factors. On paper this new Q-Series seems to fit the high demands of this market niche.
The 5 tractors in the Q-series range increasing in 20hp increments are;
- The entry level, Q225 – 230hp and 1000Nm;
- Q245 has 245hp -1100Nm;
- Q265 has 265hp and 1200Nm;
- Q285 has 285hp and 1280Nm;
- and the range topping Q305, has 305hp and 1280Nm
Valtra Dealer Network in Ireland
Valtra’s market share in Ireland has been maintained in no small part by their dealership network dotted across the country. Sales and aftersales service, spare part availability, service contracts, and flexible finance options have made Valtra ownership a viable option for farmers and agricultural contractors alike.
Q Series; Stability & Control
The new Q Series has a low centre of gravity thanks to it’s low working height coupled with a long wheel base to gaurantee greater stabilty in the field and reduced soil compaction. Combine the long wheel base with Valtra’s unique ‘AIRES‘ Front Axle Suspension, operators are guaranteed unrivalled grip and pulling force compared to their competitor’s ‘industry norm’ hydraulic suspension systems.
Q Series; Under the Hood
The AGCO Power 7.4L engine achieves maximum power at 1,850 and peak torque from 1,000 rpm upwards. The range topping Q305 boasts the highest power to weight ratio in the sector at 30.1Kg per horsepower!
Valtra has decided upon the MF’s 8S range powertrain and opted for Fendt’s ML270 Vario Transmission in favour of their own Direct CVT unit. The latter is thought to better cope with the high torque loads (up to 1,280Nm) produced by the Q Series engine. However, 40kph and 50kph spec will be the only options available. On the road, power is transmitted almost entirely mechanically to ensure fast and smooth acceleration.
Q Series; Cab Design
The Q Series has a well thought out intelligent cab design and shares the identical A Pillar with the new T-Series launched last year.
Agri contractors will definitely appreciate the Q Series cab and front axle air suspension, the easy-to-use SmartTouch armrest, well thought out ergonomics and it’s renowned all round visibility,
Valtra has the simplest to use smart features currently available in the sector. Also included is Valtra Connect Telematics, Auto U-Pilot and the SmartTurn headland system. The Q Series is also available with Valtra’s unique TwinTrac reverse-drive set-up.
Valtra’s Bling Factor
You can personalise your new Q Series with a host of optional extras including;
- paint colours,
- interior trim upgrades,
- Valtra Unlimited customisation facility,
- Auto beacons which turn themselves on at 25kph,
- Valtra Unlimited automatic central lubricating system,
- Valtra’s intelligent central tyre inflation system,
- Valtra’s ‘follow-me-home’ function.
Production of the Q Series will commence this Autumn and will be available to customers from October.