Antonio Carraro Mach 2 tractor
The tracks on the Antonio Carraro Mach 2 tractor go easy on the terrain
The super-slim Antonio Carraro Mach 2 compact track tractor has arrived in Australia and was on display at the recent Elmore & District Machinery Field Days in Victoria.
The company has only just recently started manufacturing compact track tractors, with a focus on minimising soil compaction, a good power-toweight ratio, and maximum stability and traction on steep hills.
Its new AC track technology is designed for better oxygenation of the soil than is possible with wheels.
Furthermore, tracks also generally perform much better on steep hills or in wet conditions when carrying heavy implements.
A cast-iron full chassis features a central articulated joint which allows a longitudinal oscillation up to 15 degrees for constant traction and grip.
The Mach 2 has a width of 1.4m, a weight of 2915kg, and features an 87hp Yanmar engine.
Its intended use is within fruit orchards, hence the focus on low soil compaction, which is important to maximise fruit productivity.
The machine features 20-inch front tyres and reversible steering.
The rev-guide system (RGS) on a rotating turret allows the operator to invert the driving direction in order to work efficiently both with towed or frontal devices.
Seat, steering wheel, control panel and pedals rotate 180 degrees within seconds.
Macadamia farmer David Richardson has been using Antonio Carraro tractors for years and is now using the Mach 2 to pull nut harvesters.
The general idea is that its tracks leave fewer marks on the terrain, so operators are able to pick up more nuts from the ground with the harvester in tow.
“We choose this model of tractor because of the low profile,” Richardson says.
“It allows us to drive under the canopy, generating much lower soil compaction thanks to its low weight and the wider tyre configuration.”
Antonio Carraro tractors have been sold in Australia for over 35 years, with the first machines being brought over from Italy in the mid-1970s.