The Italians know equipment: That’s evident from the sleekly designed tractors and attachments on display at last month’s Fieragricola, Italy’s answer to the Farm Progress Show.
With 1,300 exhibitors displaying their latest, greatest equipment in Verona, Italy, the show was eye candy for an enthusiastic crowd of 130,000, including Americans who got a new appreciation for equipment targeted to smaller, more specialized farm operations.
Many of the products found at the show are also sold in the United States. Some of the websites are for U.S. dealerships. Here, some highlights:
What's under the hood of that Ferrari…tractor? If you need a small, agile tractor for vineyards, orchards or other farm needs, check out this Ferrari 'Thor' tractor series. It features 70 to 91 horsepower engines, 32-speed synchronized gearboxes and a front-mounted roll bar.
Made at the company's factory in Milan, Italy, this Pasquali model 6.5 is one in a series of new models from the company that exports around the world. Extremely low profile, it is built for specific uses in vineyards, orchards, or greenhouses. It has a 4-cylinder diesel engine with water-cooled, 24-speed synchromesh gearbox.
This 950 model Volcan tractor is, at 92 horsepower, the largest in a series of new tractors from the Italian company. Tractors feature new transmissions that give the vehicle maximum stability, especially on difficult terrain.
This Technofarm 80 tractor by Landini is the smallest in a new series of orchard tractors which features a four-speed transmission with 12 forward and 12 reverse speeds. Implements are driven by a lever-operated PTO and the hydraulic system is equipped as standard with one auxiliary valve. Suggested retail is $35,700. Landini has a partnership with U.S.-based McCormick.
It looks like a tractor cab on top of a fancy riding lawn mower. But there’s more to the Valpadana 1430 than meets the eye. It’s the smallest tool-carrier tractor available in the Italian market, but with the widest choice of set-ups. It can be fitted with front, rear and reverse-operating implements that be with the front power lift and PTO. A reversible seat on a revolving turret allows inverted operations in seconds. Suggested retail price: $28,400.
This Prestige 5500 sprayer is the newest and largest in a long lineup of sprayers made by Caffini, based in Verona. It has a 5,500-litre (1,450 gal.) tank and 36-meter (118 ft.) boom to go with all the bells and whistles you expect from a top model.
The Big X, a 1,000-hp self-propelled forage harvester, is the largest in the world according to its maker Krone. It still turns heads even though it’s been on the market now for 10 years. This autographed silver model had people at Fieragricola gaping. Krone EC Easy Collect Corn Heads come in sizes up to 14 rows and in a flat fold design. Big X can achieve road speeds up to 25 mph and has 16 work lights allowing easy night work. You can see this beast at work at the company's website.
And finally, this: A Claas Xerion tractor featuring a cab that rotates 180 degrees. Check out the video.