Machinery Journal

December 13, 2008 02:56 AM

Versatile Reintroduces Itself

Versatile tractors are back like never before. At Buhler Industries there has been a company- wide step-up in dedication to the Versatile brand and customer service.

The news that all tractors will be solely branded with the Versatile name came this fall at the company's first dealer meeting. "Our focus is on our product and dealer network," says company president Dmitry Lyubimov.

This launch of a renewed commitment to the company's sales network includes improved parts service and corporate support to its 257 North American dealers. The company has also created a service and parts manager position, as well as a technical publications department. This coming year, Versatile will also put into action an initiative for parts delivery within 24 hours from the time of breakdown.
Since Combine Factory Rostselmash Ltd., based in Russia, acquired 80% of Buhler Industries on Nov. 1, 2007, the company has revved up its tractor production. Manufacturing output has nearly tripled in the past year. In 2007, the company built 444 tractors. In 2008, output will top 1,200 tractors.

From now on, all Versatile tractors will adopt a nomenclature of the Versatile brand name followed by the engine horsepower to designate model. "We are
going to resurrect the Versatile name to reflect the proud heritage it has made," says Eric Allison, director of sales. "The Versatile name has appeared on tractors since 1966, and Versatile is the name farmers want."

Versatile adds two models to its row-crop tractor lineup. The Versatile 250 and Versatile 280 are powered by Tier 3 Cummins QSC 8.3-liter engines. Cummins will be the exclusive engine supplier for Versatile tractors.

"Cummins and Buhler Industries did collaborative engineering on this project, and we've been working on it for three years," says Ric Klein, Cummins vice president for industrial business. "As Versatile designs its tractors to be simple, keeping things simple is Cummins' approach to technology."

The Versatile 250 provides 200 PTO horsepower, and the Versatile 280 provides 225 PTO horsepower. Both models feature 18-speed full powershift transmissions. These two tractors replace the Buhler Genesis 2180 and 2210. They are the first tractors to include the new warranty program: two-year/2,000-hour comprehensive warranty and a three-year/3,000-hour powertrain warranty.
"At Buhler, we want to provide tractors that are simple in design, reliable and competitive in price," Lyubimov says.

Reliable Performance

The new 4430 side-by-side utility vehicle from Bush Hog is powered by a 24-hp Honda OHV V-twin engine. The 4430 has a towing and vehicle load capacity of 1,500 lb.; its cargo box load capacity is 1,000 lb. Each wheel has double CV joints, and the brakes are four-wheel hydraulic disk brakes.

The Bush Hog 4430 4x4 has four-wheel drive independent suspension that evenly distributes weight to keep all four wheels grounded. A two-speed transaxle evenly distributes traction to both wheels while going straight and provides differential action when the rear wheels turn. The front suspension features MacPherson struts that provide 5" of travel on each wheel. Rear independent trailing arms provide 4.75" of travel on each wheel. Price: $9,949 to $10,449. For more information, visit

Combine Models Step Up

Gleaner welcomes new transverse and axial rotor models to its combine lineup. The company improves its R6 transverse combine series with two models. The R76 is rated at 425 hp and has a maximum of 459 hp. The smaller R66 model is rated a 300 hp and has a maximum of 321 hp. Both models are powered by AGCO's 84 CTA engine and have an onboard grain capacity of 330 bu. The R6 Series has a new cascade pan for better performance in high moisture corn and grain sorghum. Longer unload augers have better discharge height and reach. The new Direct Flow system averages 4 bu. per second. The ComfortTech II cab features improved interior and field lighting and the new C2000 virtual terminal.
The A6 Series features three axial rotor models with improved grain-handling capacity. The A86 model is rated at 425 hp with a maximum of 459 hp. Onboard grain capacity is 350 bu. This model is powered by a C13 engine. The A76 model is rated at 350 hp and has a maximum of 380 hp with an onboard grain capacity of 300 bu. (optional 350 bu.). The A66 model is rated at 300 hp with a maximum of 321 hp and an onboard grain capacity of 300 bu. Both the A76 and A66 models are powered by AGCO's 84 CTA engine. The A6 Series features a 360º rotor intake and the Controlled Feeding and Threshing System. It also has a two-auger designed Direct Flow unloading system. The cabs are equipped with ISOBUS, which stores up to 20 different crop settings. Visit www. for more information.

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