Zuidberg’s recently developed High Efficiency Front PTO gearbox has attracted plenty of interest across the UK since its launch and is now available on a substantial and growing number of tractor models, reports UK importer Lynx Engineering.
The transmission differs from Zuidberg’s traditional front PTO system design in that the clutch is positioned on the input shaft. The re-siting of the clutch ensures that the inside of the transmission only rotates if the clutch is actually engaged, keeping energy losses to a minimum. Moreover, it facilitates a much more compact design for the entire transmission unit.
The High Efficiency PTO is equipped with an integrated load sensor that transmits a signal to manage power to the PTO and subsequently the tractor implement, protecting against overload and potential damage. This signal, either digital or analogue, can be used as an input signal for the tractor ECU to either trigger a warning or limit engine power.
Internal oil management has also been optimised, which says Lynx, results in lower resistance and higher efficiency without compromising the lubrication of internal components. The transmission can transfer power levels up to 150 kW (201hp) at an output speed of 1000 rpm from a more compact unit.