Machinery and equipment: ‘SmartTouch’ tractor driver doesn’t have to lift a hand

Valtra is expanding its fourth generation S Series range with a new flagship model, the S394.

Machinery and equipment: ‘SmartTouch’ tractor driver doesn’t have to lift a hand

Valtra is expanding its fourth generation S Series range with a new flagship model, the S394.

Irish farmers should get a glimpse at this power horse at the National Ploughing Championship in late September.

Producing 405hp, the stylish new Finnish model expands the Agco brand’s power range.

One of the highlights is the spacious, pneumatically suspended cab, with a completely revised user interface inside.

Designed and engineered in Finland, in keeping with Valtra’s heritage, the new multifunction Valtra SmartTouch armrest takes operator comfort and control to a new level.

It will be available on all models of the fourth-generation S Series, and allows for complete customisation of function buttons and user profiles.

The ergonomic armrest is integrated with a multifunction drive-lever, valve switches, rear-linkage and PTO control, a touch screen terminal, and push button control pad, bringing all tractor functions within easy reach of the operator.

The drive-lever with programmable function buttons allows the driver to operate the machine without lifting a hand. The lever has been positioned vertically on the armrest to allow for a natural hand position when commanding the drive speed, by pushing or pulling the lever.

The design allows the operator to rest their thumb while not operating the rocker switches, and soft rubber material prevents the hand from slipping away from the lever while driving in rugged terrain.

The lever moves sideways and forward and back, like a computer mouse.

The 9in touchscreen terminal has been designed to allow easy customisation of tractor controls and for access to advanced features such as counters, the U-Pilot headland management, Auto-Guide, and other precision farming options.

The terminal is easier and more intuitive to use than a modern smartphone. An interactive picture of the tractor helps locate and access all functions easily in fewer than three taps or swipes of the screen.

Valtra SmartTouch allows the operator to set up an unlimited amount of user or implement profiles, if needed.

The displays for the optional Auto-Guide automated steering, ISObus implement control, and safety camera, are fully integrated, eliminating the need for additional monitors, thus improving visibility from the cab.

Serial production of the new S Series models, including the S394, will be ramped up this summer.

The new models will be on display at exhibitions and available for test drives later in the year.

The new S394 is powered by the Agco Power 84 AWF engine with the dynamic boost feature and more practical power for all kinds of work.

The service costs of this SCR-only engine should be further reduced thanks to a new hydraulic lash adjuster.

The Valtra S Series was the first tractor model to introduce the SCR emission control system in 2008, and the fourth generation tractor offers the latest version of the fuel-efficient SCR system.

Power is transmitted to the ground through the reliable stepless AVT transmission.

The operator can select from automatic pedal or lever driving modes, to optimise fuel efficiency, work output and driving comfort.

A manual transmission control mode is also available.

Integrated linkages have a capacity of 12,000kg at the rear and 5,000kg at the front.

The hydraulics produce up to 205 litres per minute through a maximum of six valves at the rear and three at the front.

Valtra is renowned for offering productivity when working in both directions.

The TwinTrac reverse-drive system increases work efficiency in a wide range of tasks, such as mowing, crushing and chipping.

Valtra claim that working in reverse can save up to 10% in fuel and time, thanks to increased implement visibility, more powerful rear linkage output, enhanced agility and a better work position for the driver.

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