The Dieci Mini Agri telehandler from AWD Group might be small but it’s perfect for general agriculture, fruit and vegetable operations and vineyards
Dieci’s Mini Agri is a manoeuvrable, precise and powerful telehandler made for the farm.
Designed and manufactured in the same region of Italy as Ducati, Ferrari and Maserati, the Mini Agri is capable of lifting
2.5 tonnes to a height of 6m.
Its maximum horizontal outreach is 3.3m.
Australian distributor AWD Group says the 2.5-tonne material handler is perfect for general agriculture, fruit and vegetable operations and vineyards.
The combination of a eco-friendly Kubota V3307-DI-T-E3B Tier 4i/Stage III A diesel engine capable of pumping out 55.4kW (74.3hp) and a hydrostatic transmission with variable fuel pump and automatic variation delivers a high level of performance while keeping fuel consumption and emissions low, the company says.
The engine – a common-rail turbo-diesel with aftercooler – is equipped with intuitive filter regeneration management to reduce exhaust emissions
“The high-performance transmission ensures that the right speed-to-power ratio is always available, whatever the operating conditions,” AWD says.
“Equipped with a single-speed gearbox, it accelerates smoothly and progressively to 30km/h for fluid manoeuvres executed with millimetric precision.
“The combined use of the electronic throttle and inching pedal allows the vehicle to be driven at slow, controlled speeds, even with the boom at maximum reach.”
The Mini Agri has a high-efficiency steering system designed to make steering feel light and responsive even under high load conditions.
On the safety side, the boom’s central position eliminates the danger of uncontrolled movement, while a moment limiter analyses real-time vehicle stability and inhibits dangerous movements when pre-set safety limits are reached.
A Dieci-patented compensation cylinder in the lifting ram ensures that the load on the boom is balanced at all times, while an optional Dieci-designed boom air suspension system reduces oscillation when travelling over rough terrain.
Adding to these safety features are a 4-in-1 joystick with capacitive hand sensing and an operator presence sensor in the seat, both of which help to prevent the risk of accidental operation of the telehandler.
Forming the foundation of the Dieci Mini Agri is a solid frame with welds made by robots for improved rigidity.
The high-capacity hydraulic system provides a flow rate of 80L/ min, which Dieci states “helps speed up manoeuvres, reducing operating times by up to 15 per cent”.
A ‘quick depressurising’ system for the hydraulic service couplers makes the connection of implements easier.
In the sealed ROPS/FOPS cab, everything has been designed to make life easier for the operator, including a simple and intuitive control layout and an on-board computer with a clear, real-time information display.
The joystick mentioned above includes an integrated travel direction control which allows rapid shuttling between forward and reverse. A compensated flow-sharing control valve allows simultaneous operation of all movements.
Instruments and indicators include a tachometer, water temperature gauge, fuel level gauge, engine oil and water temperature indicator, speedometer, hour meter and clock.
A wide mesh safety grille and high driving position provide excellent 360-degree visibility. A nice touch is a windscreen wiper that also cleans the glass at the top of the cab.
Other features include soundproofing, a height-adjustable steering wheel, storage compartments, and air-conditioning with six outlet vents.
The Dieci Mini Agri has been approved for use with a man basket without outriggers or foam-filled tyres.
The telehandler is one of a range of Dieci agriculture-spec telehandlers distributed by AWD Group. Other models include the Poultry Pick-Up, Agri Farmer, Poultry Pro, Piggery Pro, Agri Max, Cotton Pro, Agri Plus, Aqua Plus and Haymaster.
AWD Group also distributes the LiuGong Construction Equipment range of skid-steer loaders, wheel loaders, excavators and forklifts.
The Mini Agri has a high-efficiency steering system designed to make steering feel light and responsive even under high load conditions