Farm Classics with Peter O’Brien
VALTRA tractors have a agency foothold within the Irish tractor market, but 30 years in the past the Finnish model was not even a generally recognized identify.
Nonetheless, one sequence specifically put Valtra Valmet on the map as an actual contender within the Irish tractor scene – the 50 sequence, with the 8150 proving a well-liked light-weight but highly effective tractor with each farmers and contractors.
Launched in 1995, the 50 or Mega sequence constructed upon the confirmed design of the 8000 sequence tractors to supply a real pedigree workhorse.
Immediately recognisable by its low-set cab and razor-edged, angular styling, the 50 sequence has an uncommon weight distribution of 60/40, due to the engine being mounted over the entrance axle. Because of this appreciable weight continues to be positioned on the entrance axle for traction even when carrying heavy implements on the rear, though with out weights or ‘Aires’, entrance axle suspension (hi-tech fashions), the tractor can show to be fairly bouncy and it is not uncommon to see these tractors closely weighted.
The 125hp 8150 receives its energy from the bombproof 6.6l litre SISIU 620DS engine, famend for its torque and responsiveness.
The gas tank is included as a part of the chassis, with the drive to the gearbox really working by it.
All different pipes and housing are routed on high of the body, in addition to the hitch being constructed into the chassis. This offers the beneath of the tractor an nearly flat end, superb for the forestry sector wherein Valtra is a serious participant.
The 8150 has a simplistic but extremely practical transmission, offering 36 ahead and reverse gears. Three guide levers present a ahead and reverse shuttle, gears 1-4 and excessive, medium and low ranges. A 3-speed, button-operated ‘Delta’ powershift was additionally positioned in the principle gear lever.
Later ‘hi-tech’ fashions acquired an digital sprint mounted shuttle with park brake. The cab of the 8150 is roomy, even by as we speak’s requirements. The steering wheel offers for excellent ranges of adjustment and the operator sits low within the cab.
Management format is fundamental but operator-friendly, with a cluster of rocker switches on the sprint, facet console and pillar for all lighting, and fieldwork features.
Total, visibility is kind of good though the operator should get accustomed to trying down the lengthy nostril of the tractor.
Famed for his or her reliability, simplicity and skill to over carry out effectively into excessive clock hours, the 8150 firmly established Valtra as an actual contender within the Irish tractor market.
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Valtra Valmet 8150
SISU 6.6l 620DS
Years of manufacture