Versatile makes changes to lineup

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bühler Versatile is increasing its mid-sized two wheel and front wheel drive assisted tractors to 305 horsepower and will release a new version of its self propelled sprayer.

Paul Manaigre, Versatile’s director of engineering, told the American Society of Agricultural and Biotechnological Engineers’ annual technical agriculture meetings in Kansas City Jan. 28 that the company will release new tractor models over the coming year.

As well, production of the higher horsepower line of 250, 280 and 305 h.p. machines has ended and the 190 and 220 models are ceasing.

The company bought the struggling Red Ball sprayer assets a few years ago and re-released the self propelled sprayer under the Versatile name.

Modifications included repowering with a Cummins engine.

Versatile will now replace it with a new sprayer that features booms up to 120 feet and “the largest cab in the industry.”

Manaigre said the company’s move to a full-line agricultural machinery manufacturer has resulted in a new approach to engineering and manufacturing.

“We aren’t taking anything for granted, and with testing taking place in every part of the world that we sell into, our (research and development) spending is tripling.”

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