Billy O’Dwyer Farm Machinery, the Irish importer and distributor of the Hattat tractor brand, held an open day this weekend (Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18).
Based in Moyne near Thurles, Co. Tipperary, the company sells tractors, alongside implements and spare parts.
The highlight at the open day was Hattat's Perkins-powered 240S, which is based on a fondly-remembered Massey Ferguson tractor. Also on show were larger, more modern models from the company's line-up.
The 48hp 240S is available with or without a cab. It is built by Hattat in Turkey under license from Massey Ferguson. Not surprisingly, it bears a striking resemblance to earlier-generation MF tractors.
In a reference to its Massey Ferguson inspiration, the promotion campaign surrounding the introduction of the 240S was dubbed 'The Dream of Red Continues'.
Larger T4000 Series
The most modern offering from the company is the T4000 Series. Pictured below is the T4100; it's powered by a 102hp, 4-cylinder Perkins 1104D-44TA engine.
It has hydraulically-operated, multi-disc brakes and a 24F 24R 'Synchro Shuttle' transmission. Maximum hydraulic pump throughput is 64L/min. Maximum rear lift capacity is 4.5t. The tractor weighs 3.88t (without ballast); it stands 2.88m high.
Who or what is Hattat?
Hattat Traktor, part of Hattat Group, was established in 1998. Having embarked on production and R&D (Research and Development) activities in 2002 to build a 100% local Turkish tractor, mass production of its first (branded) tractor kicked off five years later - in 2007.
Transmissions, differentials, rear axles, 4WD front axles and hydraulic components were produced in the Cerkezkoy plants by Hattat Group. Models with horsepower ratings from 50 to 102hp rolled off the line. They were sold not just to farmers, but also to buyers looking for compact and utility tractors.
As a result of a "technical cooperation" agreement (signed in 2003) with Valtra, Hattat Traktor became the distributor for Valtra in Turkey. Following a second agreement in 2007, Valtra A Series tractors started to be produced in Turkey - for sale in many countries around the world.
Nowadays, the company builds tractors for sale in more than 80 countries all over the world.