Specialising in simple to operate tractors, Chinese firm Foton has rebranded and upgraded its range for 2019.
The new third generation 25, 35 and 50hp models, imported and supported by Kent business Foton Tractors and previously sold under Foton branding, will now wear the Lovol name of Foton’s parent company along with updated styling.
Model numbers stay the same, with the 25hp M254 a three-cylinder machine, and the 35hp M354 and 50hp M504 being four-cylinder tractors. All come standard with two spool valves, 540/1,000rpm power take-off, four-wheel drive and can be specified with either a roll bar or cab.
A key upgrade on the M254 and M354 models is a four-speed, two-range synchromesh transmission with side-mounted levers, replacing the former constant mesh unit with central straddle-type transmission tunnel, and thereby creating a flat-floor platform. A lefthand synchro-shuttle lever is also incorporated into the dash.
Built on a larger platform, the M504 also gets side-mounted gear levers, along with an additional speed range to create a 12-forward/12-reverse synchromesh transmission.
Like the smaller tractors, it gets a new cab designed by Lovol’s European technical team, incorporating side console controls, upgraded air conditioning, improved seating and full steering wheel adjustment.
It measures 1.65 metres wide and, in cabbed format, is just more than 2.5m high.
Power take-off engagement is helped with a new electro-hydraulic switch, and radial rather than cross-ply tyres are now fitted for improved traction.
A new front axle design for the M254 and M354 provides greater ground clearance and is more robust, says the manufacturer.
Tom Curtis of importer Foton Tractors UK, says: “We are now the exclusive importer of Lovol tractors for the UK.
“With the compact dimensions of the smaller models, we are hoping to expand our market into new areas. For example, as the M254 and M354 can be specified to only 1.5m wide and 1.85/1.9m high when cabbed, they are especially suited to the requirements of tabletop strawberry growers, who look for a tractor of these dimensions to fit their growing systems.”
The new generation three tractors can be ordered now, with a number of gen-two models still available.