A new Landini compact tractor plugs a gap for the maker in its extensive offering of compact tractors aimed at working in horticulture and in polytunnels.

With high power outputs and heavy-duty build for its size the all-new Rex 3 Series comprises three models powered by 55hp, 65hp and 75hp Kohler diesel engines driving through a 16 x 16 creep mechanical transmission.

This series bridges the gap between the lighter 2 Series and the bigger, more powerful Rex 4 Series, which are one of the UK’s most popular fruit and narrow specialist crop tractors.

With a length of 3.46m and a minimum width of 1.36m, they are similar in size to the 44hp to 51hp 2 Series compacts – which are a favourite among soft and top-fruit growers for towing harvest trailer trains, spraying and other light duties. However it is more robust, with stronger axles and a cast bolster where a 1000kg front linkage and pto assembly can be fitted as an option.

This heavier backend make them capable of handling implements like a flail mulcher, weeding and cultivation machinery, and other implements. A longer wheelbase and Category 2 rear three-point linkage with a 2300kg lift capacity also helps in that respect, as does the 50-litre/min open centre hydraulics system, which is supplemented by a 28-litre/min gear pump dedicated to steering.

Up to three remote hydraulic valves are available to operate rear and front-mounted equipment or a loader, and hydraulic adjustment of the right-hand lift arm and top link can be added for easier coupling and fine-tuning of implement set-up.

Standard fitment is ROPS roll-over protection, or an optional low-profile cab with heating, ventilation and air conditioning, is available.