Next generation of Buhler tractors



    WINNIPEG, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - Buhler Versatile, a division of Buhler
Industries Inc. (TSX: BUI) will unveil the new series of Versatile four-wheel
drive tractors at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, KY.
    "Buhler is responding to customer demands for four-wheel drive tractors
with a bigger cab and more weight in the 300 to 400 horsepower range,"
explains Eric Allison, Director of Tractor Sales for Buhler Versatile. "This
new tractor has a longer wheelbase, more fuel capacity and a bigger cooling
package than the outgoing model. It also has the same cab and cab options as
the successful High Horsepower Tractor range, which means more interior space
and an available training seat."

    Powered by Cummins

    Available in 305, 340, 375 and 400 horsepower, the new Versatile joins
the High Horsepower Tractor Series (435-535 horsepower) in the Buhler
four-wheel drive lineup. All Buhler four-wheel drives are powered by reliable
Cummins engines; the new Versatile 305-400 horsepower tractors feature the
Cummins QSM11 11-litre engine with a 7% power bulge and 35% torque rise. These
engines are Tier 3 compliant and meet the Tier 3 N0x emissions requirements
and are approved for B20 biodiesel.

    Two Transmission Options

    Two transmissions are available. A mechanical Quadshift 12 x 4
transmission features four synchronized sequential gears in each of its three
ranges and is standard equipment. An optional 12 x 2 powershift transmission
is available, featuring single-lever control that provides clutchless shifting
and simple gear selection for smooth operation. Road speed has been increased
- the mechanical transmission now reaches a maximum speed of 22 MPH (35 KM/H).

    Hydraulics

    The hydraulic system has true load sensing tandem piston pumps and a
total capacity of 50 GPM (190 l/min). An optional high flow hydraulics package
increases capacity to 75 GMP (290 l/min). Four hydraulic remote outlets are
standard; six are optional.

    Cooling System and Fuel System

    The grille area is 17% larger than the outgoing model for better airflow
and cooling. Fuel capacity is increased to 250 gallons (946 liters) from
230 gallons (870 liters).

    Cab Improvements

    The new cab features significant improvements in size and convenience
options. The cab is 8" wider than the outgoing model and is now available with
an optional training seat. The deluxe cab package has a heated
active-suspension seat, electronic automatic climate control, front and rear
windshield wipers and washers, power remote heated external mirrors and front
and rear sunvisors.

    Availability

    The new Versatile 305-400 horsepower tractor will be available in limited
quantities in May 2008.

    Buhler Versatile is a division of Buhler Industries Inc. (TSX: BUI) that
designs, manufactures and distributes agricultural equipment. The products are
marketed under the Buhler brand name, including the Farm King, Allied, Inland
and Versatile product lines. Buhler Industries Inc. operates ten modern
manufacturing and eight distribution centers totaling over 1.6 million square
feet of facilities in Canada and the United States and employs more than 800
people. For more information visit www.buhler.com.
    Images and specifications of the new Versatile 305-400 horsepower
four-wheel drive are available for download at www.buhler.com/news.

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For further information:

For further information: Eric Allison, Director of Tractor Sales, Buhler
Versatile, Phone: (204) 291-1242, E-mail: eallison@buhler.com; Adam Reid,
Advertising Manager, Phone: (204) 479-4667, E-mail: areid@buhler.com


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