Top Tractor video: Kubota M100GX

Check out this video review of the Kubota M100GX from the Trans-Tasman version of our own annual Top Tractor Showcase.

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There is certainly nothing compact looking about the Kubota M100GX. It’s a big, strong-looking machine with great ground clearance of around 560mm. Its size was only matched in the field by the John Deere entry.

Under the bonnet is Kubota’s own V3800-TI-CRS engine. The four-cylinder common-rail with direct injection engine is complemented by a turbocharger and intercooler to generate 100hp at 2600rpm. Maximum torque of 351Nm is achieved at 1400-1600rpm.

The fuel tank holds 190 litres and should keep you going all day. There is no need for the inclusion of an AdBlue tank as Kubota prefers the combination of Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and a diesel particulate filter (DPF) muffler to reduce harmful emissions and make the M135GX Interim Tier IV-compliant.

The Intelli-Shift 24-speed transmission was deemed best in the completion. It consists of a three-speed mechanical shift range selector with an eight-speed PowerShift to provide 24 gears in both forward and reverse and a maximum speed of 40km/h.

Both the range changes and power shifting is done from the same lever on the right hand side console. The eight PowerShift gears can also be activated from two buttons on the armrest console. Each range change required clutching via either the foot clutch or declutch button on the gear lever.

Eight PowerShift gears give a good working range with plenty of scope to keep the tractor working at optimum revs before having to change ranges.

Read the full review in the latest issue of Farm Trader (#235).

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