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Landini PowerMondial in 48hr Charity Ploughing Marathon

Norfolk farm machinery supplier Alan Brewster is supporting the charity fund-raising efforts of local farmers by supplying a new Landini PowerMondial tractor for a 48-hour ploughing marathon.

Alan Brewster with the Landini PowerMondial tractor he is providing for the 48-hour ploughing marathon.

Alan Brewster with the Landini PowerMondial tractor

The event, starting at mid-day on Friday, 18th September, will involve 12 sponsored members of the Holt Farm Machinery Club each ploughing a four-hour stint in an effort to prepare 100 acres of land at Pereers Lodge, Holt for sowing a winter cereal crop.

“We’ve staged a ploughing marathon every two years since 1981 and so far have raised more than £60,000 for many varied and deserving charities,” says club secretary Malcolm Greves. “One of the club’s founding members, and current President, Edwin Jones and his son Ben, will host the event and we’re delighted that Alan Brewster is supplying the tractor.”

Alan Brewster says: “With the majority of club members taking part being customers of mine, I’m only too pleased to contribute. We’ve quite a population of Landini tractors in the area, and with the half dozen sales we’ve made this year so far, it’s growing all the time.”

The Holt club’s marathon ploughmen will be among the first farmers in Britain to get behind the wheel of Landini’s latest tractor, the PowerMondial. With 110hp from its Perkins engine, the DT115 Top model is also Landini’s most powerful four-cylinder tractor.

It features a new transmission with power shuttle for easy and rapid headland turns and three change-on-the-go powershifts in each of 12 gears to perfectly match engine speed and draft load.

“The operator gets a good set of speeds for different types of field work, plus the versatility that comes from being able to quickly shift up and down to cope with changing draft loads,” points out Alan Brewster. “Added to the heavier-duty rear axle, which has epicyclic reduction units rather than the spur gear design used on less powerful Landini tractors, the new T-Tronic transmission underscores the PowerMondial’s ‘arable tractor’ build.”

Drivers in the Holt marathon will find themselves in a comfortable working environment for their four-hour stints at the wheel because the PowerMondial’s MasterClass cab is a new design. With a wide windscreen and fully-glazed doors filling both sides of the four-post structure, visibility is first-class.

Fingertip control of the electronic three-point linkage will also make their job less tiring as they sit on an air-suspension seat and enjoy the comfortable working temperature provided by a high-specification auto climate control system.

“I hope the marathon men will be impressed by the PowerMondial and its performance,” says Mr Brewster. “But most of all, I hope they have a successful fund-raising effort for their chosen charities.”

This year, says Holt club secretary Malcolm Greves, the sponsored drivers will be supporting Big C, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Bryan Gunn Leukaemia Appeal and the East Anglia Air Ambulance.

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