1977 - Volume #1, Issue #1, Page #32[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Twin Engines Power New Lely Tractor
It's equipped with two 210 hp engines, with the front engine driving the front axle, and the second engine the rear axle. Driving the two axles direct and separately has the advantage that the axles cannot be overloaded since no more than 210 hp ever goes through either axle.
For work with large equipment, the rear engine can be used for pto drive while the front engine is used to drive the tractor. For lighter jobs, or over-the-road transport, one engine may be used only, thus using it the same as a 210 hp tractor.
To more efficiently transmit the 420 engine hp into drawbar horsepower, the new Lely tractor is equipped with triple 18.5 by 38 tires on both the front and rear axles. It can also be operated with duals.
"Design of the tractor provides room for triple tires both front and rear without causing it to be much wider than conventional tractors with duals," explains the manufacturer. Total width with standard triple duals all around is 13 ft., 10 in. The turning radius (outside) is 21 ft. Since each axle is driven direct by one engine, there is no drive line through the articulating point.
To match its high horsepower, Lely has introduced a 30 ft. wide Roterra tiller. The new RH 900-60 is made up of three 10 ft. sections mounted in a frame and carried by lift-assist wheels. The two outside sections fold to a transport width of 11 ft. It's available with an optional engine mounted on the frame, making it suitable for nearly any size tractor, as well as for tractors without a 3-pt. hitch or pto shaft.
For more details on both the tractor and the new 30 ft. Roterra, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Lely Southwest, Box 1026, Temple, Texas 76501 (ph. 817 938-2564).
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