New tractor range offers more grunt, a new hydraulic system and new transmission
Kubota’s “most powerful tractor” just got even better, as the manufacturer announced the arrival of its 2nd generation M7 tractors Down Under.
Kubota said its M7-2 rigs, which are now on-sale, are a big step up from the M7-1 range launched about three years ago. One of its key new offerings is the Closed Centre Load Sensing (CCLS) hydraulic system which will now be standard across all models.
Previously, standard M7-1 models only had the open-centre system, with the CCLS available only on the premium models.
According to Kubota, the M7-2 range is aimed at farmers who need a machine that is easy to get in and out of, is simple to use and has a flexible and high-performance hydraulic system to suit a range of tasks such as loading and baling.
Customers can choose between mechanical or electronic controls with their new tractor, depending on what they’re comfortable with.
The M7-2 features an upgraded 30-speed Powershift transmission with six gears and five ranges, replacing the 24/24 transmission of four gears and six ranges.“We improved the M7-1’s Powershift transmission from 24-speed to 30 which will increase efficiency and with 54 speeds forward and 27 in reverse, the operator will be able to find the optimal gear for each job,” said Kubota Australia’s senior product manager, Konstantin Blersch.
An automatic shift function monitors the gear selection and automatically adjusts engine revs to maximise performance.
Customers can also opt for Kubota’s CVT transmission – known as KVT with the M7-2 range.
There are three models in the new line-up– the M7132, M7152 and M7172 offering power output ranging from 130 to 175hp. The M7132 has a maximum horsepower of 148hp at 1900rpm and 102hp at the PTO.
The M7152 has a maximum horsepower of 168hp and 122hp at the PTO. The range-topping M7172 has a maximum horsepower of 173hp and 142hp at the PTO.
The M7-2’s engine remains the V6108 6.1-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel unit but with revised engine mapping that has boosted performance and lowered emissions, Kubota said.
The new common-rail system electronically controls the timing and amount of high-pressure injected fuel for optimal combustion, thus lowering emissions and offering improved performance.The new Kubota engine under the bonnet of the M7-2 series features a number of technologies to meet USA Tier 4 or Euro 6 engine emissions standards. These include the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), diesel particulate filter (DPF) and exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) systems.
Other changes to the new generation M7 tractors include a new cab ventilation system that provides better airflow from the air conditioner and heater unit.
The M7-2 is available with Kubota’s LM2605 front loader with premium variants offering an electrical joystick.
The loader has a Kubota Z-Bar linkage for mechanical self-levelling and a single-lever hydraulic valve quick coupler for easy attaching and detaching of attachments.
The LM2605 has a maximum height of 4.2m at pivot pin and a lifting capacity of 2625kg at the maximum pin height.Kubota offers a range of customisable options including multi-function levers and suspension systems with its new M7-2 line-up.
“Having seen the high-performance capability of the M7-1, people are already wanting the new M7-2 as it is rolled out across dealerships in the coming months,” Blersch said.
“We’re proud of our M7 series both first generation and second and we’re committed to continue working towards meeting the needs of Australia’s farmers.”