One of the most versatile and innovative machines unveiled to
farmers at the Royal Highland Show this week is on the Landini
stand where the PowerLift handler-tractor made its debut.
Landini PowerLift can work as a high-performance telescopic handler with more then enough reach and lift height for field and yard loading and handling duties.
This machine is built as a high-performance telescopic handler
that can lift a 3.5 tonne bucketful of grain and place big straw
bales on a field stack 8.6m high. But thanks to its rear-mounted
implement linkage, mechanical pto and locking rear axle differential,
it can also work as a tractor.
Although Landini anticipates interest in the machine from mid-size
arable units, it believes the PowerLift has most potential on dairy
and other livestock farms where labour is at a premium and investment
in productive machinery is critical.
“In many cases, a farmer thinking of buying a new mid-range
tractor and a new telehandler could replace both with a PowerLift
and make a significant saving in purchase and running costs,” says
Landini product specialist Tony Burgess. “It has enough engine
and hydraulic power, as well as features and equipment, to work
well in both roles.”
As a loading and handling vehicle, the PowerLift’s three-section
telescopic boom will outperform many standard telehandlers thanks
to its 3.5 tonne maximum lift capacity, 8.6m lift height and 5.6m
forward reach. It will easily fill a seed drill’s hopper
from a bulk bag by reaching across a bank of coulters or stack
bales high for efficient field or yard storage.
As a tractor, the PowerLift can use its three-speed hybrid powershift-hydrostatic
transmission to tackle draft work, such as pulling light cultivation
implements and grass harrows. But it can also be used with pto-driven
machinery such as a power harrow or grass rake, a straw blower
or diet feeder or a hay and silage baler.
On top of these novel capabilities, the Landini PowerLift has
another trick up its sleeve – a reversible driving position.
“The operator can turn the seat and controls around and
set the steering to operate what is now the front axle,” explains
Tony Burgess. “Front-mounted equipment like mowers can then
be used without running over the grass first and the operator gets
an excellent view of his work; the same applies when the machine
is used hedge cutting and similar operations.”
The Landini PowerLift has a 150hp SisuDiesel engine coupled to
a three-speed gearbox and hydrostatic drive, which provides a choice
of velocities to suit different types of work, including transport
with a 40kph top speed.
Four-wheel drive delivers plenty of traction while the four-wheel
steering gives the machine tight turns in fields, yards and buildings.
For predictable driving characteristics, especially on the road,
the driver can engage two-wheel steering at the leading axle – whichever
way the machine is heading.
“The PowerLift has a unique combination of features that
makes it more usable and more versatile than any similar machine,” says
Tony Burgess of Landini. “It won’t be a machine for
everyone but it will certainly meet the needs of farmers who like
the idea of trading-in a tractor and conventional handler for one
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