Just recently I paid a visit to Jim Power Agri based in Tallow Co.Waterford where Jim is the main Deutz Fahr dealership amongst others. There, parked at the side of the workshop sat a new Deutz 6180 and it is quiet simply a stunning looking machine. Dressed from head to toe in the "Deutz Green" and the standard grey rims, the design of this range really does make you look twice at it and even invites you over to admire it that bit closer. The styling itself was created by famous automotive designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, who has created concepts for cars such as Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. So the man knows exactly what he is doing ! Standing at 2.5 metres wide, 3 metres tall and a length of 5 metres, the Deutz demands attention. And it’s a tractor that you just want to look at and look at and you guessed it, look at!
So, we know it’s a sinfully good looking tractor. Onto the power plant. Deutz quotes - "With a highly modular configuration to cover a wide power spectrum, these engines feature state of the art solutions for maximum performance; four valve cylinder heads, turbo intercooler with forced induction wastegate, DCR (Deutz Common Rail) high pressure injection system (up to 1600 bar) with integrated electronic control and SCR catalytic converter exhaust after treatment system." What this means is that even at low speeds, maximum torque is available at 1600 rpm and maximum power at 1900 rpm. Due to this, they have further reduced fuel consumption by 10% compared to its predecessors, quite a feat.
The tractor is available with an option of 3 transmissions, the Standard manual ZF transmission which offers 4 splits in each gear, the "C-Shift" which selects the gears through the joy stick with no need for the clutch and finally The Automatic Powershift which similar in setup to the Manual only the tractor selects the gears by determining the load and speed on the machine. PTO has 4 options to the rear, 540 and 1000 with an "Eco Mode" available in both. Front shaft where fitted is a 1000, also equipped with an eco mode. The system is controlled electro-hydraulically and through a load sensing system so it is always started progressively and smoothly. Hydraulics are powered by an 84 litre/min pump with an independent 42 litre/min pump solely for the hydrostatic steering system. The rear is then capable of lifting 6 ton while the front linkage will bench 3.8 tonnes for you. Of course there are optional upgrades and you can increase the rears lift to 9.8 tonnes should the need require.
The cab itself or "S-Class 2" cab is a very nice place to sit. Its big and roomy and everything has its place. The cab offers full vision with slim line pillars, a fine large sunroof and the controls are exactly where you would want them to be. All at your finger tips. The climate control system has 14 vents inside, 14 !!!! It brings a new definition to the word "Cool". Air suspension seat, Bluetooth and 15 work lights will help those long nights pass that bit quicker while all information is fed to the driver via the "I-Monitor", which incidentally is MP3 compatible and there is an Isobus interface as standard. All in all, Deutz are on the money on this one. If I could find one fault, its a stupid one. You can’t admire those aggressive looks of the bonnet from the drivers seat. Like I said, stupid.
Thanks to Jim Power Agri for allowing Stuart to test the new tractor.