By Zac B. Sarian

Yanmar, the Japanese firm that was the first to develop the diesel engine in 1933, launched its ground breaking YM tractors last January 29 in Bangkok attended by multi-media journalists from the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, and other countries.

One of the new technologies that the company unveiled is the SMARTASSIST-Remote, which was discussed in a workshop handled by Osamu Omoro, manager of Yanmar Agribusiness Company.

This technology allows users to access vital operational information about their tractors through an intuitive user interface which can even be accessed from a smartphone. Its geolocation features allow the operator to see exactly where their tractor is and how it is working. The technology can also issue warnings when the equipment is operating outside preset parameters, or if the equipment moves beyond designated boundaries. The result is reduced downtime, greater earnings, and peace of mind for farmers.

The YM357A tractor with rotary tiller is one of the new tractors launched by Yanmar in Bangkok which will be distributed by ADAMCO.

SMARTASSIST-Remote is standard to both the YM351A (51 hp) and the YM357A (57 hp output). The two new breeds of Yanmar tractors are equipped with cutting edge technology.

In his product presentation, Hiraoki Kitaoka, president of Yanmar Agribusiness Co., said that many farmers in Southeast Asia cultivate both rice in wet paddies and a range of dry field crops, from corn to sugarcane, and others. Fields are often tilled by contractors who demand highly efficient light-weight tractors and reliable 50-60 hp tractors to lower costs and maximize their income. The YM series meets these demands in a highly functional and attractive package.

The two new tractors feature powerful and fuel-efficient engine. Yanmar’s YM tractor comes with Yanmar direct injection TNV that realizes high power with low fuel consumption and superb durability. Monoplunger fuel injection pump atomizes fuel at high pressure. On the other hand, its unique combustion chamber shape is for improved combustion.

Optimum Gear Selection For Work

Gear ratios are matched to work speed for best performance with 8 forward and 8 reverse gears. Gear ratios widely overlap all speed ranges to deliver the best torque for the speed, using less fuel and contributing to owner profit.

Versatile Workload

The YM tractor is great on dry fields and can also haul loads. Great ground clearance is the key to powering on muddy field conditions or passing over crops without damaging them, while a maximum turning angle of 55 degrees gives a turning circle that is the envy of its class.

The YM can perform a wide range of work and boasts a specially-mated newly designed rotary tiller that limits soil traveling into the rotary for reduced power loss. Implements available at the launching include those for sugarcane and corn.

SMARTAssist technology allows the operator to see the machine’s operating status, receive error notifications, and provide customer service in the event of breakdowns; periodic maintenance notifications will also be sent to the operator’s smartphone.

Ergonomic Comfort 

With a flat deck and deluxe suspension seating, the YM is comfortable and easy to operate. Operators can stop or start PTO operation with one touch of a button.

Philippine distributor

The YM tractors will go on sale in Southeast Asia from early 2019 and is expected to be progressively deployed globally in the coming years. The Philippine distributor of Yanmar tractors and equipment is ADAMCO, the Ada Manufacturing Corporation headed by Ada Alethea Alingog-Nanayakkara, president. ADAMCO is a member of the Ropali Group of Companies headed by Roberto P. Alingog.

ADAMCO, by the way, observed its 20th anniversary on February 9 at the Manila Hotel. During this occasion, the company launched Movie Actor Robin Padilla as endorser of Yanmar products distributed by ADAMCO.

ADAMCO is one of the latest companies to intensify its efforts in promoting farm mechanization in the Philippines. Aside from Yanmar tractors, ADAMCO also distributes rice/corn com shellers, small gasoline and horizontal engines, and other small farm equipment.

The latest to be introduced this year are the two Yanmar tractors that were launched in Bangkok earlier. Another new machinery is the mechanical corn seeder which is attached to a tractor. The mechanical corn seeder which comes in four rows and six rows makes corn planting very fast and convenient. The seeds are sown in straight rows and the hills are of uniform distances.

Labor displacement fear allayed

At the presscon at the Manila Hotel during the 20th anniversary celebration of ADAMCO, Roberto P. Alingog, the founder of the Ropali Group of Companies, allayed fears that mechanization would displace a lot of farm laborers in the countryside.

The truth, he said, is that they have not received any complaint from workers regarding loss of jobs due to farm mechanization. He stressed that mechanization solves a lot of problems in the farm. Machinery is needed to harvest rice fast, for instance, because there is not enough farm labor when harvest time comes. He pointed out that most rice varieties mature at the same time, and when these are not harvested on time due to scarcity of manual harvesters, many of the grains are lost due to shattering.

When inclement weather is expected and rice grains are maturing, the use of machinery to harvest the grains will save a lot of the harvest.

Meanwhile, ADAMCO President Ada Alingog, assures customers that the company has skilled mechanics who do maintenance and repair of machinery that they distribute. She said that the company offers 100 percent genuine and complete spare parts of the equipment it sells. ADAMCO also offers customer-friendly terms and flexible financing.

This appeared in Agriculture Monthly’s March 2019 issue.