New Holland has updated much of its 'agri-spec' compact construction line-up.
One of the headline products is the new wheel loader – namely the D Series.
There are already some previous-generation New Holland shovels in use around Ireland. However, this market is currently dominated by brands such as JCB, Volvo, Komatsu and so on.
With its new D Series – comprising the W110D, W130D and W170D – New Holland is hoping to make further inroads into the agricultural wheel loader sector. These machines are aimed at contractors, large farmers and composting operators.
The top-of-the-range W170D features a 45kph Ecoshift 5-speed powershift transmission, with a torque converter. The smaller two models come with a 38kph 4-speed powershift transmission, with a choice of automatic or manual gear selection.
The beefy-looking Z-bar boom is made from 45mm-thick steel plate. All models, as would be the norm for machines of this size, are equipped with closed-centre, load-sensing hydraulic systems. The biggest W170D also features tandem pumps – for an added boost in performance.
Buyers can opt for standard or long-reach booms; the standard boom is touted as being "ideal for working with a silage fork, grain pusher or a heavy-duty bucket".
The long-reach boom increases dump heights by 400mm; it's better for re-handling tasks such as grain store management, vehicle loading or stock-piling work.
FPT motor under the bonnet
D Series wheel loaders are powered by 4.5L and 6.7L engines and feature New Holland’s EcoBlue HI-eSCR emissions technology – to meet Stage 4/Tier 4B standards. Both have been co-designed with FPT Industrial. The latest EcoBlue HI-eSCR technology relies on a newly-developed electronic control unit, that manages the engine and the SCR ('AdBlue') system to "precisely match engine load, emissions and after-treatment".
A closed-loop system continuously monitors NOx levels in the exhaust, so that the SCR system adjusts the flow of AdBlue. This, claims New Holland, achieves more than 95% NOx conversion, while minimising AdBlue usage.
The W110D is rated at 144hp and has an operating weight of approximately 11.1t. Its close sibling – the W130D – shoves out 174hp and tips the scales at about 12.9t. The range-topping W170D has 197hp under its bonnet; it weighs almost 14.8t.
Tipping loads range from 8.2t to 11.7t.
Who sells these?
It was two years ago that New Holland opened its European agricultural dealer network to some compact equipment lines from its construction line-up. Up to then, agricultural and construction equipment dealers were usually, but not always, different entities.
According to New Holland, these products have now been "integrated in the dealers’ offering in carefully planned stages". It says that its compact construction line products are now available through the agricultural dealer network in almost all European countries.