The robust, responsive power pack does not require AdBlue, SCR catalytic converter and exhaust gas recirculation. It’s a 768 hp/565 kW Volvo inline 6-cylinder engine with 16.12 litre capacity and pump nozzle injection. This reduces logistics requirements for equipment and minimises downtime. A powerful maximum torque of 3260 Nm transmits power at optimal efficiency over the continuously variable transmission. The 238 hp/175 kW extra power compared to the Panther 2 results faster hectare coverage, particularly when lifting uphill, during chaser loading while moving, or with more than 6-row lifting with XL lifter attachments. The Volvo unit is designed to cope with high sulphur fuels used in some overseas markets, ensuring a ready ‘used’ market and good resale values.
In accordance with the higher engine power, the cleaning power has also been upgraded in the Panther 2. The RR lifting attachment has an additional seventh lifting roller included and therefore offers a cleaning area which is over 15 per cent larger.
Panther 2’s advanced stabilisation and turbo steer take ‘bendy’ headlands in their stride at the flick of a switch. Switching to turbo steer enables a faster res[ponse from the steering, not required when on straight rows.
The new model has ROPA’s innovative chassis concept with 2 floating axles in conjunction with 4 stabilising cylinders reducing the sway of machine by 50 per cent compared with conventional 2-axle harvesters. The automatic slope compensation using four hydraulic cylinders and sensors is unique among two axle beet lifters. The entire vehicle is inclined to the slope by up to 7 % and thus held horizontally..
ROPA offers all new owners of Panther and Tiger harvesters the ability to log into a GPS monitoring programme, accessing all lifting information and statistics from the machine. Operators can see exactly location and how well the machine has performed, going back 3 years, field by field… a huge step forward in efficient beet harvesting.
Stealth in the beet field: a Lincolnshire operator’s views on the Panther
Paul Rhodes has driven beet harvesters since 1992, including most of the major brands. He has two objectives: “The quality of the harvesting is paramount to guarantee repeat contracts next year… and I like to get home each night in reasonable physical condition!”
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