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3-Wheeled Floater Tractor
Low soil compaction and a unique design are the key features of the Horsch 3-wheel Terra-Trac. Made in Germany, it can be used like a tractor or equipped with a tank and used as a flotation applicator for liquid manure or chemicals.
The 350 hp, hydrostatic drive tractor is equipped with low pressure flotation tires, pto, and 3-pt. hitch. The wheels are equipped with high torque, low speed hub motors allowing infinitely variable speed. The front wheel turns 85 degrees for a sharp turning radius. By equipping the tractor with narrow tires, you can use it for row crop work. It has a high strength frame and a cab that sits over the engine so there's plenty of room for mounting a hopper on back. You can use it to till and fertilize or seed at the same time. The 3-wheel model can be converted to a 5-wheel model for even more capacity. Top speed is 30 mph. Also new is a 3-pt. "seed-exactor" implement that lets you till the soil and plant at the same time. It's equipped with a series of steel rotors and a seeding bar that mounts just behind the rotors. A seed box mounts on top of the unit (or on the Terra-Trac tractor). Seed is broadcast onto a clean, level surface left by the rotors, then is covered as the churned-up soil drops back to the ground. The result is outstanding seed-tosoil contact for excellent germination even in very dry conditions, according to Horsch.
The company also makes an articulated, 4-WD, 345-hp tractor using many Russian components. The K735 has a 17-liter V-8 turbocharged engine built at the Kirovets military plant in St. Petersburg. Horsch assembles the tractor in Germany with engine, transmission and axles shipped in from the Kirovets plant. The fuel tank holds 315 gal. of diesel, enough to keep the tractor going for 24 hours. The powershift transmission has 16 forward speeds and four reverse. The Russian-made engine is stingy on fuel. "In terms of comfort, performance, and hydraulics, it's equal to any tractor on the market," says the company.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Horsch Maschinen GmbH, Sitzenhof 1, P.O. Box 1038, Schwandorf, West Germany D-92401 (ph 0 10 49 9431 8436).

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1995 - Volume #19, Issue #3