Tick­ing the boxes

Deutz-Fahr 6165 TTV Agrotron tractor

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This Deutz-Fahr tractor is one of the best-look­ing I have ever seen – the sub­tly ag­gres­sive-look­ing Agrotron has an un­mis­tak­ably Ital­ian-in­spired de­sign, which has been de­vel­oped and re­fined in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Gi­u­giaro De­sign.

It looks as though it’s about to morph into the ro­botic char­ac­ter Me­ga­tron seen in the sci­ence fic­tion Trans­form­ers movies.

Movie buff or not, it’s a look that rep­re­sents a com­bi­na­tion of strength and tech­nol­ogy and quite pos­si­bly a glimpse at what trac­tors are go­ing to look like in the near fu­ture.

Dur­ing the last five years, Deutz-Fahr has in­vested ap­prox­i­mately 98 mil­lion Eu­ros into the con­struc­tion of a new plant in south­ern Ger­many, as well as sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment into re­search and devel­op­ment. This in­vest­ment is a sign of the com­mit­ment to its high horse­power range.

At only 165hp, the 6165 is classed as one of the ba­bies of the brand’s fu­ture line-up of trac­tors. Within the next 18 months, Deutz-Fahr will be launch­ing a front-wheel as­sist tractor that ex­ceeds 500hp.

THE WALKAROUND

The 6165 TTV is the short wheel­base op­tion. It puts out 165hp, max­ing out to 171hp with boost.

A quick trip to a DPS dyno test­ing sta­tion to check its ac­tual horse­power rat­ing re­vealed it was, in fact, gen­er­at­ing a lesser fig­ure of 144hp.

That was no sur­prise, as many trac­tors we scru­ti­nise come up with a horse­power rat­ing less than what was pro­moted.

The 6.1-litre Deutz Ag en­gine is ac­tu­ally a carry-on from the pre­vi­ous-gen­er­a­tion trac­tors. Deutz-Fahr has an on­go­ing al­le­giance with the Deutz Ag prod­uct due to its vested in­ter­est in the Deutz Ag en­gine com­pany.

The six-cylin­der turbo diesel en­gine in­cor­po­rates EGR, DPF, and SCR to achieve Tier 4 fi­nal emis­sions stan­dards.

The diesel par­tic­u­late fil­ter unit re­quires a regeneration burn but it’s only every 500 hours. It sounds an alarm to alert that a burn is re­quired, which can be de­ferred by up to 24 hours, but at that point the tractor must be stopped and the burn ini­ti­ated.

The burn takes one hour, so every 500 hours you only have one hour of in­con­ve­nience.

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

A new ad­di­tion is the in­clu­sion of a but­ter­fly type ex­haust brake, which is claimed to im­prove brak­ing by up to 40 per cent. It is op­er­ated us­ing an ex­tra foot pedal in­side the cabin.

To the front of the en­gine is the new cool­ing sys­tem in­cor­po­rat­ing the ra­di­a­tor, hy­draulic cooler, in­ter­cooler, and air-con­di­tion­ing con­denser all into the one fold-out pack­age.

It is easy to clean and its light­weight alu­minium con­struc­tion pro­vides a max­i­mum dis­per­sion of heat.

It is com­ple­mented with an elec­tronic vari­able-speed vis­cous cool­ing fan that only op­er­ates when re­quired to pre­vent un­nec­es­sary horse­power drag on the en­gine.

The com­pact de­sign of the en­gine, ra­di­a­tor pack­age, and air fil­tra­tion sys­tem has al­lowed for a well-sculpted bon­net, which al­lows a de­gree of vis­i­bil­ity from the cabin that I be­lieve to be the best in its class. This is es­pe­cially valu­able when op­er­at­ing load­ers and front-mount im­ple­ments.

Four front and four rear roof-mount work lights, as well as the stan­dard road lights, main­tain vis­i­bil­ity lev­els at night. A fur­ther set of front spots is thrown in if front link­age and PTO is in­cluded. Dual-pane elec­tronic mir­rors with built-in heaters mounted on both sides of the cabin pro­vide wide-an­gle vi­sion.

The front end has a new sculp­tured de­sign to help pro­vide a bet­ter turn­ing cir­cle and ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity

A cam­era is also fit­ted as stan­dard to pro­vide clear vi­sion to any­where that the mir­rors don’t show. Adding to its al­ready ex­cep­tional vis­i­bil­ity is the low­er­ing of the SCR ex­haust stack.

Feed­ing the sys­tem is a 35-litre AdBlue tank matched to a 280-litre diesel tank. The diesel tank is re­ferred to as a sad­dle tank with a filler point on both sides of the tractor. Rec­om­mended ser­vice in­ter­vals on the en­gine are 500 hours cou­pled with 1000-hour in­ter­vals on the trans­mis­sion.

A com­pre­hen­sive full two-year 2000-hour war­ranty is pro­vided but, for peace, a fur­ther one-, two- or three-year ex­ten­sion, re­ferred to as AgriCare, can be taken up. Based on lu­bri­cated com­po­nen­try, the full ex­ten­sion will cost about $8500.

TRANS­MIS­SION

Run­ning a ZF Ecom 1.5 four-stage trans­mis­sion, this is a car­ry­over from the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion tractor. With a max­i­mum in­put from the hy­dro­stat of 40 per cent of the to­tal drive, the four-stage trans­mis­sion is not re­ly­ing on the hy­dro­stat as heav­ily as some of the other trac­tors in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The trans­mis­sion is well pro­tected be­cause the tractor runs a sep­a­rate hy­draulic oil reser­voir, thus elim­i­nat­ing the risk of for­eign bod­ies com­ing in from an im­ple­ment that you’ve bor­rowed from the neigh­bour.

There is a sight glass as well as a dip­stick and a filler point on top of the trans­mis­sion oil reser­voir. The ben­e­fits of run­ning dual tanks should not be un­der­es­ti­mated if only for peace of mind.

The Deutz-Fahr 6165 comes stan­dard with just a front weight as­sem­bly but can be specced up to in­clude front link­age with 4.1-tonne lift ca­pac­ity and PTO.

The front end has a new sculp­tured de­sign to help pro­vide a bet­ter turn­ing cir­cle and ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity. Dy­namic front fend­ers, which are self-ad­just­ing, pre­vent guard rub­bing dur­ing full steer­ing lock turns.

As part of our process of putting trac­tors un­der the mi­cro­scope, I took out the mea­sur­ing tape and dis­cov­ered that its im­proved 52-de­gree steer­ing lock achieved an out­side turn­ing cir­cle of 14.10m. The re­sult wasn’t the worst but trails be­hind other options.

SUS­PEN­SION

The other, and per­haps more rel­e­vant, rea­son of the new de­sign is to ac­com­mo­date the new sus­pen­sion sys­tem.

The swing-arm de­sign trans­fers right the way back and con­nects un­der the sump of the en­gine mea­sur­ing about 980mm in length. The arm trav­els un­der the Car­raro-made axle and con­nects to the front of the tractor us­ing two hy­draulic rams each with 120mm of travel.

When the brakes are en­gaged, the sus­pen­sion rams au­to­mat­i­cally cut out, which com­pletely elim­i­nates the front dive ef­fect un­der brak­ing, giv­ing it re­ally good ride and con­trol es­pe­cially out on the road.

Com­ple­ment­ing its front axle sus­pen­sion is the four-point me­chan­i­cal cabin sus­pen­sion and a fully ad­justable air sus­pen­sion seat.

DE­SIGN

A new bon­net de­sign shows a huge dif­fer­ence be­tween the pre­vi­ous series.

Now you can see a di­vide be­tween the en­gine cowl­ing at the rear of the bon­net and the front of the cabin. This 10cm gap will as­sist in re­duc­ing heat and noise trans­fer into the cabin, which has been an is­sue in pre­vi­ous mod­els.

My turn be­hind the wheel oc­curred dur­ing rel­a­tively cool con­di­tions, so heat wasn’t an is­sue, but I do be­lieve that the cabin is much qui­eter than the pre­vi­ous-gen­er­a­tion Tier 4

In­terim ma­chine.

The cabin re­tains all the trade­mark Deutz-Fahr fea­tures such as clear, con­cise la­belling and colour cod­ing of func­tions.

I would def­i­nitely say that it has a much more stylish, lux­u­ri­ous, and com­fort­able-look­ing workspace that is equal to or bet­ter than those of its com­pe­ti­tion.

Its durable light grey up­hol­stery ap­pears re­sis­tant to tear­ing and easy to keep clean.

PER­FOR­MANCE

The tractor comes GPS-ready with a 62L/min steer­ing pump, hy­draulic steer­ing valve, the wiring har­ness and the switchgear fully in­te­grated into one sys­tem. The 6165TTV is set up with the lat­est ISOBUS 3 sys­tem and Tractor Im­ple­ment Man­age­ment (TIM) and ca­pa­bil­ity.

At the rear of the tractor there is link­age, PTO, and hy­draulic re­mote-op­er­at­ing but­tons. Any set of re­motes on the tractor can be as­signed with the full set of but­tons repli­cated on both sides of the tractor.

I found it re­mark­ably im­pres­sive due to the qual­ity, ver­sa­til­ity, and us­abil­ity of the hy­draulics, in­clud­ing the ex­te­rior con­trols.

A small fix­ture wor­thy of dis­cus­sion, both neg­a­tive and pos­i­tive, was the ease in which the outer cowl­ing and cap on each of the five rear re­mote quick cou­plers pulled off in your hand with­out us­ing tools. While some feel that this is a fairly flimsy de­sign, I ac­tu­ally be­lieve it to be a pos­i­tive fea­ture be­cause it al­lows for easy clean­ing.

I have found from ex­pe­ri­ence that dust and grime quickly ac­cu­mu­late in this area and try­ing to clean it out while it’s still at­tached only pushes the muck fur­ther into the cou­pling. This style al­lows quick re­moval, a thor­ough rinse, and reat­tach­ment and helps pre­vent con­tam­i­na­tion en­ter­ing the hy­draulic sys­tem.

Rear lift on the Cat 3 hook ends is 9.2 tonnes and the hy­draulic pump on this par­tic­u­lar tractor pro­vides 120L/min to the cou­plers with a sep­a­rate 62L/min al­lo­cated to the steer­ing.

Re­sults from our DPS dyno test re­vealed max­i­mum hy­draulic oil flow from one set of re­motes is 94L/h. It must be noted that the 120L/min pump is not stan­dard for the Aus­tralian and New Zealand mar­ket, and fu­ture trac­tors go­ing to those coun­tries will be fit­ted with a 170L/min pump.

As a mat­ter of in­ter­est, the free flow re­turn runs straight into the tank, as op­posed to hav­ing the flow re­stricted by run­ning back through a fil­ter.

In ad­di­tion to horse­power and hy­draulic oil flow, the dyno test­ing also re­vealed that its fuel con­sump­tion was 35.5L/h.

A 4-speed PTO pro­vides every op­por­tu­nity to run the tractor in the most ef­fec­tive and eco­nom­i­cal fash­ion.

IN THE CAB

Deutz-Fahr trac­tors are best known for their mod­ern, in­tu­itive, and lux­u­ri­ous cabin lay­out, and I can con­firm that the new 6165 TTV is ev­ery­thing and more in this de­part­ment.

While the CVT trans­mis­sion takes all the hard work out of se­lect­ing the op­ti­mum driv­ing style, the joy­stick con­troller on

the arm­rest is key to its ease of op­er­a­tion and more. The newly de­signed arm­rest makes the 6 Series even more re­lax­ing and in­tu­itive to op­er­ate. All rou­tine func­tions can be au­to­mated.

The easy-to-nav­i­gate MaxCom joy­stick on the arm­rest con­trols ev­ery­thing from driv­ing speed, di­rec­tion of travel, and cruise con­trol se­lec­tion to the Com­fortTip sys­tem, rear and front lift con­trols, and two sets of re­motes.

The only func­tion that left me a lit­tle be­wil­dered was the op­er­a­tion of the elec­tronic hand­brake. I worked out after sev­eral at­tempts that push­ing the switch en­gaged it, so I thought pulling it should dis­en­gage it. Wrong! Pulling it ac­tu­ally en­gaged the emer­gency brake.

After con­sul­ta­tion with the Deutz-Fahr crew, I was made aware that push­ing it en­gages it and an­other push dis­en­gages it. In a cabin space that is renowned for in­tu­itive de­sign, this was not. But that’s my only gripe.

THE BOT­TOM LINE

When it came time to pull a 3.5m Sumo Trio and a fully laden 21-tonne Her­ron trailer, the Deutz-Fahr, un­for­tu­nately, came up a lit­tle short. Hooked up to ap­pro­pri­ate-sized equip­ment, how­ever, it would be an ex­cep­tional tractor to op­er­ate, and its per­for­mance, ef­fi­ciency, com­fort and longevity would match any in its class. An area where it ex­celled was its good brak­ing per­for­mance due mainly to the as­sis­tance it gets from its en­gine-brak­ing fea­ture.

I still came away im­pressed with it as an all-round tractor pack­age. It gets a big tick from me.

1. It was a big ask but the Deutz-Fahr 6165 TTV man­aged to put the 21-tonne Her­ron trailer through its paces

2. The new hood de­sign al­lows an im­pres­sively clear

front view

3. The newly de­signed arm­rest makes the 6 Series even more re­lax­ing and in­tu­itive to op­er­ate. All rou­tine func­tions can be au­to­mated.

4. The fu­tur­is­tic look­ing 6165 TTV has a new bon­net de­signed specif­i­cally to re­duce heat and noise lev­els in the cabin 3 4 2

5. The sub­tly ag­gres­sive-look­ing Agrotron has an un­mis­tak­ably Ital­ian-in­spired de­sign

6. Deutz-Fahr’s Alis­tair Hor­rocks and tester Tom Dick­son dis­cuss the finer points of the 6165 TTV

7. We didn’t do the Deutz any favours by

hook­ing it up to a 3.5m Sumo Trio

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