Made for Aussie farm­ers

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - END OF FINANCIAL YEAR - MACHINERY BUYERS GUIDE -

FOR the first time Honda has de­vel­oped a unique spec­i­fi­ca­tion side-by-side des­tined only for the Aus­tralasian mar­ket.

The 2017 Pioneer 700 has been care­fully de­signed for the needs of our Aussie farm­ers.

The Pioneer 700- 2 can be picked up for an MLP of $18,499 and the Pioneer 7004 is avail­able for an MLP of $19,999.

Se­nior Honda SXS/ ATV en­gi­neers con­ducted ex­ten­sive re­search; in con­junc­tion with sev­eral farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties in Aus­tralia, to fur­ther un­der­stand what was needed in the ex­treme and unique con­di­tions down un­der.

After sev­eral months of devel­op­ment and anal­y­sis of farmer feed­back, the 2017 ‘Aussie’ Pioneer 700 is now here.

With elec­tric power steer­ing and fully au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, which now comes with a man­ual mode that can be ac­ti­vated via a dash-mounted tog­gle switch, the auto trans­mis­sion is all-gear so no belts that slip, break or burn out.

Pad­dle shifters can be used to change gears while in man­ual mode or to over­ride shift points on the fly while in au­to­matic mode.

The in­dus­try’s first Quick­Flip seat­ing de­sign is also avail­able in the Pioneer 7004, which al­lows the two rear seats to fold into the bed so that own­ers can se­lect be­tween two, three or four-seat con­fig­u­ra­tions.

Driver seat­belt in­ter­lock is a new safety fea­ture to make sure driv­ers wear their seat­belt while op­er­at­ing the ma­chine.

Speed is also lim­ited when the seat­belt is not en­gaged.

A model truly de­vel­oped for Down Un­der, this Pioneer 700 will only be avail­able in Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

HOME GROWN: The Pioneer 700 will only be avail­able in Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

WHILE quad bikes are largely con­sid­ered to be the lead­ing cause of on-farm in­juries and deaths it was the trac­tor, which of­ten slips un­der the farm safety radar, that ac­counted for more fa­tal­i­ties in 2016.

Fig­ures from the Univer­sity of Syd­ney Aus­tralian Cen­tre for Agri­cul­tural Health and Safety

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