Versatile 250 and 280: More Power

    WINNIPEG, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - After announcing a return to the historic
Versatile brand name, Versatile pulled the wraps off two new tractor models.
The new Versatile 250 and Versatile 280, powered by the Cummins QSC 8.3-liter,
have more power than the Buhler Genesis 2180 and 2210 they replace.
    Maxim Loktionov, Vice President of Buhler Industries Inc., unveiled the
new models at the first Versatile dealer meeting in Winnipeg. "Versatile is
known for building four-wheel drive tractors that are reliable and easy to
service. These new tractors carry on that tradition, particularly now that
they have Cummins engines."
    The Versatile 280 with the Cummins QSC 8.3-liter has 280 engine
horsepower and 225 PTO horsepower, while the Versatile 250 has 200 PTO
horsepower and 250 engine horsepower.
    The Versatile partnership with Cummins dates back to the late 1960's and
the two companies will work together to expand the Versatile product offering,
both in four-wheel drives and in tractors such as the 250 and 280. The QSC
joins the QSM 11-liter and QSX 15-liter that power the Versatile four-wheel
drives. The addition of the QSC to the 250 and 280 gives farmers the power and
quality they expect from a Versatile tractor.
    This high-pressure common-rail injection engine replaces the
European-built 7.5-liter Genesis engine. Featuring more displacement and
modern technology, the QSC will offer smooth power delivery, faster engine
response and less vibration. Versatile worked closely with Cummins engineers
for seamless integration of the QSC with the transmission and electronics of
the Versatile 250 and 280.
    The new Versatile 250 and 280 have a slightly wider hood with a larger
capacity cooling system to suit Tier III engines. An external muffler provides
more room under the hood and allows for better heat dissipation. Stronger side
rails add to the strength of the tractor and a larger capacity air cleaner
enhances airflow.
    Geared for peak operation in the field, the 18-speed full powershift
transmission includes the features that farmers want from a tractor in this
class. Upshifting and downshifting is as easy as a flick of the wrist with the
bump-shift lever. The optional left-hand shuttle shift makes changing gears
even easier. The Versatile 250 and 280 are available with Ultrasteer front
axle for a sharper turning radius. Optional front duals increase traction and
    Farmers will recognize the cab, which is still one of the best in the
class. Ergonomically designed, the console is uncluttered and easy to use. The
dash is straightforward, making it easy to check vital information at a
glance. Dual access doors, a comfortable air-ride seat, and tilt and
telescoping steering complete the interior package. The hood is sloped for
better visibility and optional HID work lighting significantly improves
visibility when doing fieldwork after dark.
    At the launch in Winnipeg, Versatile also announced the details of the
new warranty policy that will be standard on tractors sold after November 1.
Coverage includes a 2-year/2000 hour comprehensive warranty and a new
3-year/3000 hour powertrain warranty. New tractors from Versatile have one of
the best warranties in the industry.
    The new Versatile 250 and Versatile 280 will be available in early 2009.

    Versatile, a division of Buhler Industries Inc. (TSX: BUI), is the only
Canadian manufacturer of agricultural tractors. The factory in Winnipeg,
Manitoba covers almost 700,000 square feet with complete manufacturing and
assembly capabilities and full research and development facilities. Versatile
also has a rural 40-acre test site with a paved quarter-mile circuit and
bump-track. For more information on Versatile tractors visit

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For further information: Adam Reid, Marketing Manager, (204) 479-4667,

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