The Versatile tractor family has two new faces: the 250 and 280. These rigid-frame, row-crop tractors are the result of an evolution that began with the former Genesis line. But they’ve come a long way from their Genesis forerunners. They’ve come so far, in fact, that the Genesis name has been dropped entirely. That seems only fitting when you take stock of their new features which include Cummins power and an updated chassis.
The Versatile 250 and 280 can boast other bold changes, too, meaning that these new tractors represent more than a styling makeover. They replace the 2180 and 2210 Genesis models, with their new model numbers keeping to the Versatile theme of matching model number to horsepower rating. The 280 has 280 engine hp and 225 at the PTO, while the 250 has 200 at the PTO.
At the heart of the 250 and 280 is a beefier engine. The Genesis line used a European-built 7.5-litre engine. But a bigger, QSC 8.3-litre Cummins six-cylinder, Tier III emissions-compliant, powers the two new models.
The Cummins is a high-pressure, common-rail injection engine offering smooth power delivery, faster engine response and less vibration. Versatile worked closely with Cummins engineers to ensure a seamless integration of the QSC engine, transmission and electronics into the rigid-frame line. And that design planning has paid dividends in the overall quality of the new tractors.
The Cummins name is nothing new to producers who’ve opted for Versatilebrand tractors in the past. In fact, Versatile has offered Cummins engines since the very early days of tractor production in the 1960s, and now all Versatile models are powered exclusively by Cummins engines. That choice has proven to be of real benefit when it comes to serviceability and parts replacement options.
To better handle the power provided by the QSC Cummins engines, Versatile has given the new models a sturdier chassis. The side rails have been beefed up, making durability a key design ingredient.
An 18 X 9 full power shift transmission delivers the Cummins horsepower to the ground, and features programmable in-line shuttle shifting. An optional left-hand in-line shuttle shift is available too. The power shift gear ratios give these tractors a maximum road speed of 40 km/h (25 m. p. h.).
Features that enhance field performance of the 250 and 280 include an optional traction control system (with front differential locks) to maximize pulling force. Along with that, front duals are available for even greater traction.
The 250 and 280 are equipped with a closed-centre, load-sensing hydraulic system that delivers an impressive 117 LPM (30 GPM) flow rate. And that can be boosted with the optional HydraFlow Plus system that maxes out at 208 LPM (55 GPM). Hydraulic performance can be fine tuned on the go, as well, with a convenient thumb-wheel control that varies flow rate from zero to maximum at 2,100 rpm. Three colour-coded SCVs are standard, but a fourth can be added.
Another change incorporated into the 250 and 280 is a wider hood design to accommodate increased air flow and cooling capacity, which reduces power drain on the engine. A new high-capacity air cleaner arrangement helps the Cummins breathe easy and maximize fuel efficiency.
These tractors are available with an electronic, draft-sensing, category III three-point hitch at the rear. Lift capacity of 6,804 kg (15,000 lb) should easily be able to handle any heavy implement.
The 250 and 280 are available in either two-wheel drive or MFWD. They have an adjustable front-axle track width of 1,575 mm to 2,210 mm (62” to 88”) on the MFWD models, and slightly less on the two-wheel drive. The rear axle adjusts from 1,524 mm to 3,150 mm (60” to 124”).
Versatile will continue to offer Ultrasteer, the tight-turning feature available on the previous Genesis models. It makes the tractor more nimble on headland turns or when manoeuvring through tight spaces.
Operators will enjoy spending a workday inside the cab of a 250 or 280. Engine gauges are bright and easy to read, which helps reduce operator fatigue. The console control panel location is adjustable: with the push of a button it moves forward or back to put throttle, hydraulic and three-point-hitch controls into a sweet spot for the operator. And an adjustable air-ride seat evens out any rough terrain.
Company management is rightly proud of these new models. In a recent press release Maxim Loktionov, vice-president of Buhler Industries, had this to say: “Versatile is known for building four-wheel-drive tractors that are reliable and easy to service. These new tractors carry on that tradition, particularly now that they have Cummins engines.”
So with a host of impressive features, the new 250 and 280 tractors offer Versatile customers new choices in tractor design. And with the Versatile name behind them, you know they are built to provide years of reliable, efficient horsepower combined with improved operator comfort. Driving these tractors is as enjoyable as owning one.