Models up to 60-HP being unveiled at farm shows
By Diego Flammini
Assistant Editor, North American Content
France-based Pichon has some momentum going in its introduction of a new series of compact loaders. And the machines were certainly popular over the first two days of the London Farm Show.
“We redesigned the whole range from the 26-horsepower to the 60-horsepower model,” said Julien Paul, export manager for Pichon, on Thursday.
“The seat is able to be lifted for better maintenance and we redesigned the whole extra weight on the back, giving it more lifting power.”
“It’s an attractive design that has had results,” said Al Noorloos, a Southern Ontario Pichon dealer.
There are 16 different models available to farmers, spread out between five series of loaders.
The differences between models include the kind of protection available including ROPS (rollover protection), FOPS (falling object protection) and whether the farmer wants a frame, canopy or cab.
On the smaller end, the 26.26 model comes with a 26-HP engine, capable of reaching speeds up to 12 km/h and lifting weights of up to 800 kg (1,763 lbs).
The mid-range models include the 34.50, which can reach speeds up to 20 km/h and has a weight/load capacity of up to 1,500 kg (3,306 lbs).
The larger end models include the 45.60, which can travel at speeds up to 30 km/h and handle weights up to 3200 kg (7054 lbs). It’s powered by a Caterpillar Tier 3 of 60 HP.
Michel and Martine Pichon created the company back in 1970, when they began by focusing on repairing ag machinery. They began manufacturing compact loaders in 2004. Pichon also manufactures other ag machinery such as mixers and manure spreaders.