Versatile, a company best known for its 4-wd models, launched two new models of high-powered row-crop tractors in 2008. The Versatile 280 has 280 engine hp and 225 PTO hp, and the Versatile 250 has 200 PTO hp and 250 engine hp. Both are powered by the Cummins QSC 8.3-liter engine and have more power than the Buhler Genesis 2180 and 2210 they replace.

The QSC high-pressure common-rail injection engine replaces the European-built 7.5-liter Genesis engine. According to Versatile, the QSC features more displacement and modern technology and will offer smooth power delivery, faster engine response and less vibration.

The new Versatile 250 and 280 have a slightly wider hood with a larger-capacity cooling system to suit Tier 3 engines. An external muffler provides more room under the hood and allows for better heat dissipation. Stronger side rails add to the strength of the tractor, and a larger-capacity air cleaner enhances airflow.

Farmers will recognize the cab, with its ergonomically designed console and straightforward dash. Dual access doors, a comfortable air-ride seat, and tilt and telescoping steering complete the interior package. The hood is sloped for better visibility, and optional HID work lighting significantly improves visibility when doing fieldwork after dark.

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VERSATILE 250 AND 280 SPECS |ENGINE: 8.3-liter Cummins QSC engine; 200 and 225 PTO hp, 250 and 280 engine hp |TRANSMISSION: 18-speed full powershift transmission (18F/9R) |HYDRAULICS: 30-gpm hydraulic flow std., 55-gpm flow opt. 3 remote valves std./4 opt. |HITCH LIFT CAPACITY: 15,000 lbs. |SUGGESTED LIST PRICE: $169,000 for the Versatile 250; $179,000 for Versatile 280