Unlimited Studio transforms tractors
When a tractor rolls off the assembly line and is sent to the Unlimited Studio, it undergoes a complete transformation. The team of experts in the Unlimited Studio don’t just fit options and equipment to tractors; they design them, test them, source parts, install them and document the entire work process to ensure that everything is legal and compatible with the tractor’s other equipment and that spare parts will be available also in the future. Three of the seven team members are mechanics, while four work in the office.
Last autumn, for example, the Unlimited Studio created a new version of the T174 Active tractor that four-time World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen used to set a new world speed record for tractors earlier in the year: 130.165 km/h. The replica was ordered for the Agritechnica agricultural trade fair in Germany last November.
One in ten tractors are customised in the Unlimited Studio
Almost ten percent of all new Valtra tractors manufactured in Suolahti are sent to the Unlimited Studio for further customisation. Basically, the Unlimited Studio continues where Valtra’s already comprehensive list of options ends. The Unlimited Studio promises to fulfil all the wishes that customers may have for their new tractors so long as they are technically feasible and legally compliant.
“Visual enhancements, such as graphics, special paint jobs and customised interiors, are very popular. Sometimes they are requested for very pragmatic reasons, such as by contractors who want a particular safety colour or by military customers who need camouflage,” explains Petri Loukiala, head of the Unlimited Studio.
Other popular refinements include changes to the hydraulics, forestry equipment, specialty contracting equipment such as graders and front linkages, auxiliary lights, heaters and even breath alcohol ignition interlocks. One customer wanted customised steps to prevent his dog from getting its paws stuck between the steps. The Unlimited Studio team found a solution to this problem too.
“Even though the Unlimited Studio has existed for only a few years, we have experienced tremendous growth. Last year we completed 652 tractors. In our first year we delivered tractors only to Finland, but these days they go all over the world,” Loukiala adds.
Tractors customised by the Unlimited Studio differ from other customisations in that all the options have the same warranty as the tractors themselves, they are fully compatible, and they are all documented, allowing spare parts to be ordered in the future using the tractor’s serial number.
The Unlimited Studio moved into new and larger facilities last autumn, allowing it to handle more than a dozen tractors at a time. The new studio has six lifts, an engineering workshop, a small paint shop for parts, and an additional workshop for making hydraulic hoses. The new facilities also make it easier to welcome visiting customers.