Konigs Shepparton is introducing a new range to its fleet after it was selected to be the regional supplier of Solis tractors.
The new tractors will have models from 20hp to 110hp and will come in both narrow and standard versions, allowing Konigs to accommodate the needs of a wide range of farmers.
‘‘We’re introducing an economically priced tractor that provides simplicity in its mechanical functions but still maintains the essential requirements for the everyday needs,’’ Konigs Shepparton sales and service representative Leo Schoonderbeek said.
‘‘The Solis tractor range consists of ROPS (rollover protection structures) and cabins in standard and narrow versions.
‘‘This combination allows Konigs to provide a range to suit orchard, vineyard and vegetable farming practices as well as the standard configuration for the utility type farming such as dairying, broadacre, and mixed farming practices.’’
Mr Schoonderbeek said the Solis range was an alternative to other tractors.
‘‘Today’s concerns with many farming enterprises is that advanced technology in some circumstances have been extensively expensive and (are equipped with) over committed features that allow for more unnecessary electrical faults that is becoming excessively costly to maintain and repair.
‘‘Solis tractors allow for practicality in areas of maintenance, serviceability and, more importantly, efficiency.’’
Mr Schoonderbeek said Konigs’ priority was the narrow version of the range.
‘‘Our first focus is a need for high hp (horsepower) narrow version orchard/vineyard tractors that provide roomy cabs and (are) for spraying application and general intensive work,’’ he said.
With the tractors now listed in Power Farming magazine, Mr Schoonderbeek said the Solis range was making a difference.
‘‘In the short life it’s been here, it’s making an impact,’’ he said.
Despite not buying his Solis from Konigs, Bullengarook (near Gisborne) farmer Rob Morrison visited the Konigs site at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo to praise the tractor he has recorded 200 hours on.
‘‘I’m pretty impressed with value for money,’’ Mr Morrison said.
‘‘I have a six-foot heavy duty slasher on it for scrubby country and it’s handling as well as any other.’’
Konigs Shepparton is at 355 Midland Hwy, Shepparton.