Powering the Agroplus is a beefy 70hp Deutz air-cooled, four-cylinder, direct-injection Euro engine. Maximum torque is obtained at 1,600rpm — about 70 per cent of the rated speed of 2,000rpm — so there is ample engine capacity available under varying operating conditions. The torque rise of up to 16 per cent is remarkable for an air-cooled engine of emission standard two, and means fewer gearshifts are needed. This should enhance productivity while lowering working costs.
Agroplus boasts a transmission for every situation. Two types are available. The SynchoSplit shuttle transmission works through a hydraulic self-adjusting clutch and 20/10 forward/reverse speeds or 30/15 with a creeper speed group. We find this gives very low creep speeds and have no trouble carrying out the hedgecutting duties. Available on request is the three-stage PowerShift transmission, giving 45/45 forward/reverse speeds via a five-speed selector lever for smooth, electrohydraulic gearshifts under load.
With a maximum steering lock of up to 55?, the tractor is easy to manoeuvre in the yard. A clever feature is the pivoting mudguards that allow the front wheels to turn more than you would expect. The Agroplus 70 has a turning circle of 3.6m. Ground clearance is a generous 75cm.
Climbing in and out of the cab presents no problems. The doors open wide and the deck is flat. There is excellent visibility from the cab to the implements. Our testers find the cab has lots of space and report it to be comfortable. The air-sprung seat is easy to adjust via a handle and pump. The steering wheel is also adjustable. All controls are easy to reach and are colour-coded for instant identification.
One of our testers really enjoys driving this tractor. “I love it,” he declares. “You get a very good view from the driving seat and it looks the business.”
Another adds: “It is a very good amenity tractor. The gears and the reversing are easy once you get used to them so loader work is quick. And it’s a lovely sized cab.”
But it’s not just comfort that impresses our testers. One of them remarks that he also feels safe. This could be down to the four-wheel braking mechanism. The hydraulically actuated, self-adjusting, oil-immersed, inboard disc brakes act on every wheel to give efficient braking. And traction is good. It has positive-locking differential locks in the front, and rear axles are engaged and disengaged electrohydraulically at the push of a button.
It’s 10 out of 10 for the hydraulics on the Agroplus 70. They are remarkably powerful and this one will lift 3,600kg at the rear. Additional lifting rams on the rear PowerLift make it possible for this tractor to lift such enormous loads.
The 70 offers rear PTO speeds of 540rpm and 540 economy. A front PTO shaft (optional) provides 1,000rpm, while a ground speed PTO is also available and operates independently from the front or rear PTOs.
So what about servicing? There are some excellent easy-check features on this model. For instance, there is no need to lift the bonnet to check the engine oil. What’s more, the oil only needs changing every 500 hours. All other service points, such as air filter and battery, can be reached without the need for tools. The only disappointment is that air conditioning is extra.
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