The tractor of the Year 2022 Awards, held at the recent EIMA show in Bologna, handed out a brace of gongs for the Green Giant John Deere.
It reportedly builds on the proven RTV500, but sporting a bold new look, improved suspension and increased engine displacement.
Kubota New Zealand product manager for agriculture Mark Basile said the new RTV520 comes with all the much-loved and unique features of the RTV500 along with a host of new ones.
A new water-cooled two-cylinder engine increases in power from 15.8 to 17.4 hp, delivering an increase in towing capacity to 530kg, while keeping noise levels in check at 83dBA.The redesigned hood features a new front grille, and improved headlight design, while updated graphics on the cargo tray, improve the look of the RTV520.
A major upgrade centred around suspension performance, sees a new five link rear system increases suspension travel by 30% and 20% at the rear and front respectively, delivering a smoother, more comfortable ride, particularly over rough terrain.
The Variable Hydrostatic Transmission (VHT) provides smooth and powerful acceleration in all types of terrain, working with smooth throttle control to deliver great traction and increased manoeuvrability.
“For those looking to optimise, a range of accessories specific to the RTV520 are available including a plastic canopy and windscreen for the cab, new black front guard, black alloy wheel assemblies and a new glove box which mounts under the steering wheel,” says Basile.