It is a heavy vehicle mainly used for farming. Three tractors are available which has 131 to 168 Kilowatts of power. Air to air cooled engine powers the challenger 35 and 45. The first vehicle was introduced in 1996. This vehicle has been accepted by farmers who mostly concentrate on row crops. The vehicle lived up to their expectation of the farmers in efficiency of power, draw bar capability, and floatation. They are very reliable and proved to be a unique design. It is highly different from the usual tractor with respect to riding and steering feel. The farmers get accustomed quickly with this vehicle. The price of challenger is $178,000. Usually with a warranty time of three years.
It has total of sixteen forward and nine back gears. The gears can be changed with the help of one lever. The lever has forward, backward and neutral positions. The best feature of this tractor is its transmission. The problem with the ease of changing of gears in other tractors is taken care of in caterpillar. Until now there has been no complaints received about the axles of challenger. They have small turning circle. The inside track will not move when the tractor is turning. The hydraulic system delivers 118 liters per minute and it’s a closed center part. Three remote outlets are usual feature in all the models. The vehicle is fitted with 1000 revolution per minute shaft. Sharper load can be reduced by s wet clutch system. Electronically modulated engagement provides the smooth start. Swinging drawbar with three fixed positions are provided in challenger. Drawbar plays a vital role cultivators, deep rippers, and a chisel plow. Even in tough soil, this vehicle with a deep ripper moves with a speed of 8 km per hour.
In sandy soil it moves in 10 km per hour speed. These vehicles use tracks instead of tires for easy movement in fields. To tension the rubber track, it has nitrogen accumulator. The lugging and traction capacity is widely appreciated by the users. Some owners have complained about the noise produced in steering. The control layout and the driver comfort are the special feature. The direction of movement sight is excellent. The console can be shifted rearward and the seat swiveled clockwise to have an eye on direction of the tractor. The outside lighting is adequate and good. Grab handles are provided for easy access to the cabin. There is an air-conditioning unit. The cabin is quite big. Batteries are maintenance free. You can see air cleaners at the top of the engine. After sales service by the dealer is very good. Most of the customers are satisfied. Some owners have done few modifications which gives more comfort for them like an expansion bottle for radiator coolant, mud guards that are fitted, and automatic steering.
Most challenger’s owners are very happy with performance and service of the vehicle. The traction system has proved the vehicle’s durability and reliability. It gets a full five star for it’s engine. Farmers are very happy and satisfies with this challenger.