SAME launch new independent front tractor suspension

SAME has launched a unique independent front tractor suspension system that increases stability and improves operator safety across most terrains, and is ideally suited to working in challenging terrain such as in vineyards and fruit orchards.

ActiveDrive tractors utilise technology seen previously only on the company’s premium models but now with the addition of fully integrated hydraulic and electronic systems, offering levels of precision unlike anything else in this class.

ActiveDrive tractors are available as both S versions for fruit orchards with narrow rows and V versions for vineyards.

There is a choice of five different engines from 80hp (three cylinders) to 110hp (four cylinders), which covers an extensive power range to cater for the needs of a wide variety of applications.

Two hydraulic cylinders, the linkages between the two independent front suspension arms and the front axle carrier, two speed sensors, two position sensors, a steering sensor and three nitrogen accumulators work together to ensure smooth suspension action for a safe, comfortable drive in all surface conditions.

The electronic system analyses the motion and speed of the pistons together with tractor speed and steering angle data. This keeps the suspension ideally levelled independently of the load on the front axle, allowing the suspension itself to make use of all the entire damping travel available to ensure effective anti-roll control.

Braking performance also benefits from the new independent suspension system. The anti-dive function prevents the front suspension from diving and causing the centre of gravity to shift forwards, improving both stability and safety.

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