An­to­nio Car­raro Mach 2 trac­tor

The tracks on the An­to­nio Car­raro Mach 2 trac­tor go easy on the ter­rain

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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.

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