Stuart Downie of the crop cruisers has been checking out the New Holland T7. 290 and it hasn't disappointed!
With the ever increasing demand for high horsepower tractors with a compact body, New Holland have added two new models to their hugely successful range that is the T7, the 290 and 315. I was lucky enough to hop on board the 290 and it didn't disappoint. Both models are equipped with Autocommand which is New Hollands version of a continuously variable transmission. Also fitted with the Sidewinder control unit, everything is just so simple to use and only a fingertip away. A great touch to the new Sidewinder module is that the buttons are all backlit on the unit, making life easier when the sun goes down.
Up front we have the six cylinder, 6.7 litre turbocharged lump meeting Tier 4B emissions standards and as the bonnet decal states, its pushing 290 ponies. Unlike its smaller brothers, these 2 new additions to the family don't have a power boost facility, the power is there constantly. They have a rear lift capacity of 11 tonnes and the front will happily raise 5.5 tonnes skyward. When it comes to efficiency, the new kids on the block come into their own. With a 4 speed rear pto and 2 speed front pto, the driver can easily match the implement on the back to conditions. So if you are out with a set of triple mowers on a light crop, select the 1000 box for the mowers and simply rack up your fuel savings. The hydraulic system has received an overhaul too in order to save on dead losses. In this new design, no oil flows in the system unless called upon and thanks to a 220 litre/minute pump, hydraulic actions are immediate.
Inside the Blue Power, its almost a sense of occasion. A leather seat with New Holland embroidered in it will hold your ass in place as it propels you to 50kmh with the blink of an eye. Sitting on the standard "Comfort Ride" suspension and new heavy duty suspended front axle, it soaks up every bump you throw at it. The Intelliview touch screen display keeps me informed with everything going on with the tractor and again, very easy to use. The Sidewinder is effortless to operate and with the all new "Horizon" cab, I have full 360 degree vision and for those late nights, 360 high intensity led worklamps.
All in all, I didn't get enough of this tractor. I want it in my yard - all the time. With the Blue Power Navy, Silver wheels and chrome trim pieces on the new look bonnet, I could just pull out the arm chair and sit and look at this gem for the day. New Holland have created something special with these new additions to the family and from hearing that the factory in Basildon is swamped with orders for them, the competition have their work cut out for them.
Many thanks to Paudie Slattery at M & S Machinery Cashel for throwing me the keys to this beauty.
You can check out their website at www.mandsmachinery.com