Challenger equipment suits economic and climatic conditions

Challenger comes to the LAMMA Show, to be held at the Newark and Nottingham Showground on 20th and 21st January, buoyed by strong demand for its tracked tractors and equipment during the past season.

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“We introduced the new ‘C’ Series tracked tractors into the UK at last year’s LAMMA show and, despite a general downturn in the industry, actually increased sales compared with the previous year,” explains Martin Hamer, National Sales Manager – Challenger. “In contrast to 2008, which was very wet, last autumn was extremely dry. But again the Challenger Mobil-trac system proved ideally suited to these demanding conditions.”

“Challenger tracks are the longest in the industry providing a large track footprint, high traction and low ground pressure, with the suspended track frame providing good contour following ability. These are unique Challenger track tractor attributes, which are not available from other machines – fitted with either wheels or tracks,” he adds.

After proving itself in the previous, extremely wet, year the Mobil-trac system showed its versatility in 2009 by also being the best option for work in dry, hard soils. This is because the long, suspended tracks provide optimum weight distribution, allowing maximum engine power to be transferred to the ground.

“The Challenger Mobil-trac system is also equipped with the unique OptiRide suspension system, which helps improve traction by enhancing ground contact. This works in combination with the floating mid-wheels that maintain correct belt tension and even contact across all the ground,” adds Mr Hamer. “This suspension system also provides the best operator comfort.”

A 355hp (max) MT765C will be representing the Challenger MT700C and MT800C ranges at the LAMMA show. There are six models ranging from the 290hp MT745C to the 609hp, MT875C, which all feature the new TMC II (Tractor Management Centre II) operating console, along with a new, clear and easy to use dashboard that displays key operating information.

Challenger’s industry-leading TMC Armrest with integral Display is one of the most comprehensive control systems available, providing fingertip control of a host of functions. This is now even easier to operate through its large (7in/178mm) colour screen, which also offers full ISOBus control of implements.

The One Touch Headland Management sequence is also even more comprehensive and easier to use. One Touch allows operators to store 35 functions for six different machines, and replay these at the touch of a button. This sequence can be programmed and edited on the screen, without the need to record the entire sequence again.

Challenger sprayer on show

Although the new RoGator sprayers, previewed by Challenger at the German Agritechnica Show, will be introduced in the UK later in the year, the existing RoGator 618 and 418 Multicarrier chassis-based sprayers are continuing in production.

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On show at LAMMA will be a 243hp, RoGator 618, equipped with a Chafer spray pack and boom. This uses a three-speed Poclain transmission that provides permanent four-wheel drive and a programmable ‘cruise control’. Full power steering to all four wheels offers foot-switch selection of two- or four-wheel steering. Fully automatic self-levelling suspension is fitted to the front axle, with AEON block suspension on the rear.

The specially-designed Chafer spray pack offers the highest specification with an electronic rate controller and multi-function lever incorporating all the spray sections and boom lift and tilt. Tanks are available in capacities from 4,000-5,000 litres and come with sloping floors for complete emptying along with a 5% extra room for foaming, an integral clean water tank and aggressive cleaning nozzles.

Booms are available in widths from 18-36m, with hydraulic tilt for hillside work as standard as well as stainless steel spraylines that are fully protected within the framework.

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Excellent all-round vision is provided by the top quality cab, which is rubber-mounted to reduce vibration and is fully air-conditioned with triple carbon filtration and dehumidifier. The ergonomic layout of the cab controls ensures high comfort and ease of operation with electro-hydraulic control of boom lift, tilt and fold.

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