Anti-Skid Hydrostatic Transmission
New carriers are fitted with a new hydrostatic transmission benefiting from numerous evolutions. With larger capacity engines, torque is increased by 10% off the front wheels and 5% off the back wheels. The result: the best possible traction. Thanks to the anti-skid system’s integrated torque reduction, the operator avoids the risk of slight front wheel spins in difficult gripping conditions.
Lastly, thanks to a steering valve, the maneuverability of the machines on headland is further improved. Not forgetting the new 105-cc/revolution electric control forward motion pump, which offers an increased output of 252 liters for 480 bar.
Quick Picking Head Removal System
The objective: to allow grape growers to use it throughout the year, from pre-pruning to grape harvesting. That is why New Holland has developed a new, patented rapid harvesting head detachment system. This simple and rapid system allows one person, alone and without tools, to detach the harvesting head in just 10 minutes.
Once the harvesting head has been removed, the new spraying quipment, studied and produced in collaboration with the Berthoud Company, can be attached to the model. This attachment takes less than 10 minutes. New Holland has also developed an extendable pole, which allows the front tools to be fixed
and used. All these tools are controlled by the new multifunctional handle.
Optional Destemmer - Seperator
Every VL high-yield grape harvester is able to take the Socma patented exclusive license New Holland destemmer-separator (available as an option). Integrated in the machines, it constitutes a revolutionary leap in harvesting quality:
- It allows for the discharge of impurities mixed in the harvests.
- It performs an immediate separation of all foreign bodies, which avoids any harmful contact with the harvests.
- A kit for equipping machines in the SB range is also available.
The position of the destemmer-separator allows it to retain the total capacity in the skips. Furthermore, its use does not create any reduction in forward motion speed.
New Cab for Operator Comfort
The operator’s comfort has a direct influence on his productivity. That is why the new cab in the VL is spacious, clear and offers optimal visibility on all operations, whilst ensuring efficient protection from the sun's rays. Not forgetting the opening of the back window, a top of the range seat and an adjustable steering column. Furthermore, the new cabs are suspended, soundproofed, ventilated, pressurized, waterproof, heated and air-conditioned. And all this comes standard! Situated on the cab’s right hand side panel and very simple to use, the control panel allows the operator to activate and regulate all the machine’s functions and to directly check the correct sequence of all the operations, thanks to four permanent displays.
Integrated into the armrest, the new multifunctional handle truly is an "All in One" control, which allows all the machine’s operations to be monitored. With it, the operator is able to monitor the forward motion and the incline, but also activate, control and regulate the harvester head and the different multipurpose tools’ operations. As standard eight programs are preset, but it is possible on request, to store up to 23 programs to monitor the different tools.
With the electric forward motion control integrated into the armrest, the operator is able to, at any moment, program and regulate the forward motion speed. It is made up of three parts: the multifunctional handle lever, a valve position sensor for extremely precise speed regulation, and the cruise control function.
New Award Winning Harvesting Head
Each shaker is maintained by a new, patented back fixture system, Gold medal winner at the Sitevi Innovation Awards 2003 and Eima 2003. The new fixture allows for perfect control of the beater action, with maximum flexibility further improving the overall performance of the beater system. This ensures total respect of vegetation, grape harvesting and tying. Furthermore, this fixture does not require any daily maintenance.
Being able to quickly and easily change the number and height of beaters used in the fruit-bearing zone is an irrefutable advantage in terms of harvesting quality and the gain in time and working comfort.
Patented and awarded Gold at the Sitevi Innovation Awards 2003 and Eima 2003, this new system allows:
- Quick and easy modification of the number of beaters used, putting them easily in and out of action.
- Easy regulation of the vertical position of each beater.
The optimal beater control setting also has an impact on the cleanliness of grape harvesting. Harvesting quality is optimised, work is facilitated and operational costs are reduced, as only the necessary beaters are used.
The new Norias are fitted with new entirely redesigned large capacity buckets. In addition to the new profile, the new double riveting fixture ensures greater flexibility for longer service life.
New conveyers have been designed to ensure quick washing and easy maintenance. Washing is facilitated by the actual design of the conveyers, which avoid accumulations, and through an automatic rotation inversion cycle in washing mode.