Landini agricultural equipment has a long and storied history beginning in 1884, when Giovanni Landini opened the first factory in Fabricco, Italy. A pivotal year in that history is 1957, when the Landini company entered into an agreement with the British firm Perkins Engines Peterborough, which began assembling engines in Italy shortly thereafter. Although the Landini organisation would live through acquisitions and mergers, the GHIBLI series of tractors, commencing at the dawn of the 21st century, still reflects that partnership. The most powerful of this design, the GHIBLI 100, was introduced in 2002.
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At the heart of the 100 is a Perkins model 1004-40T. This four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine gives the tractor its name, in that it can exert up to 100 horsepower, running at its maximum revolutions per minute count of 2,354. Torque measures at 285 foot-pounds. As much as 87 horsepower can be transferred to the tractor's attachments by means of its power take-off. The fuel pump is of the diaphragm variety. With a piston stroke length of 5 inches and a cylinder bore diameter of 3.937 inches, the total engine displacement is measured at 243.5 cubic inches. Firing order for the pistons is 1-3-4-2.
The standard gearbox for the Landini GHILBI 100 has a synchronised constant mesh configuration with four speeds each for forward and reverse. Within each speed are gradients of slow, standard and fast, thus yielding 12 de facto speeds in each direction. Beyond the standard gearbox is the creeper option for moving at an extremely slow pace, a requirement for harvesting vegetables. Additional extras are overdrive, if any significant road travel is required, and underdrive, again for crops requiring a more deliberate tempo when planting or gathering.
The brakes consist of 12 friction discs on the rear, with six on each side, plus four on the front, with two on each side. Total breaking surface is about 2.4 square feet. Manufactured with sintered graphite, the brakes are made to endure long-term wear.
This tractor is 72 inches wide and measures 174 inches long. From the cab to the ground is 105.12 inches, though its ground clearance differs between its two-wheel drive, at 23.431 inches, and its four-wheel drive versio,n at 17.72 inches. Also at variance are the respective shipping weights of the two renditions: 3820 Kilogram for the two-wheel drive, and 4050 Kilogram for the four-wheel drive. Both adaptations possess the capacity to lift up to 4350 Kilogram.
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