Football Club Machinery Grant

Are you a not-for-profit football club or voluntary group that is looking for funding for pitch maintenance equipment?

The Football Foundation has generously offered a Grass Pitch Maintenance Machinery & Equipment grant, covering up to 75% of the machinery’s cost.

Who is eligible?

At the time of writing this article, the group applying must offer Grass Roots football as an integral part of their club. According to the Football Foundation website, the eligibility criteria are as follows;

  • A not-for-profit football club
  • a local authority (additional terms apply)
  • a County FA
  • A Professional Club or community organisation
  • A Professional Club Community Organisation
  • An educational establishment providing facilities for the community
  • A registered charity
  • A not-for-profit company
  • A community interest company (CIC) or other social enterprise
  • A company limited by guarantee

 

About the Football Club Machinery Grant

For the most up-to-date details on the grant, please visit the Football Foundation website listed here. The Iron & Earth team has assisted clubs around the UK in securing their football pitch equipment. However, as we do not have a direct relationship with the Football Foundation, the club must complete the application as per the grant information. The typical process usually involves the following 7 steps:

  1. Completing a PitchPower inspection report
  2. Receive multiple quotes from different suppliers based on the PitchPower recommendations.
  3. Applying for the grant
  4. Paying the club’s share of the final invoice
  5. Receiving funds from the FA
  6. Paying the final balance of the machine
  7. Our team delivers the equipment to your club for free and spends time with you showing how to use the equipment.

 

What is the usual equipment required for Football Pitch Maintenance?

Historically, with previous football clubs we have assisted, the recommended equipment usually includes a Tractor on Turf Tyres, a Finishing mower, and a Pitch Groomer. We can supply all these items at a budget level while retaining premium equipment quality.

 

Solis H26 on Turf TyresThe tractor we suggest for pitch maintenance.

The tractor we recommend for football pitch maintenance is the Solis H26 HST. This 26hp tractor is equipped with wide turf tyres, a Mitsubishi diesel engine with 26hp, and a 3-point linkage with rear PTO. The HST features a simple-to-use 2-pedal hydrostatic transmission, allowing for easy operation by multiple operators: one pedal for driving forward and the other for reversing. With its electro-hydraulic independent PTO, it ensures ease of use for anyone. Additionally, it boasts a Premium Open Operator station with suspended seats, guaranteeing comfort for those tasked with mowing the pitch.

 

 

 

 

 

Img 854 Medium 1.jpg - Iron & Earth Equipment LtdWhich mower for football pitch maintenance?

Paired perfectly with the Solis H26 is the Winton WFM150 Finishing mower. With an excellent price point but quality and reliable product, the Winton WFM150 is the mower of choice for most football clubs. The mower is height adjustable using the 4 guide wheels on each corner. We can also replace the rear two guide wheels with a roller if required.

 

 

 

 

 

Img 1021 Medium 3 - Iron & Earth Equipment LtdWhat about the turf groomer?

Football Pitch quality can be dramatically improved with the use of a Multi Turf Groomer. We recommend the SCH Turf groomer as the machine of choice for football clubs. With the budget price point but top-end quality, the SCH groomer makes short work of your pitch maintenance. The Groomer contains a slitter roller to aerate the soil and increase drainage, followed by a de-thatching rake to ensure thatch is removed, then a brush to neaten and clean the surface, finally the rear roller to harden the surface and give those all desired stripes. The rear tools can be lifted or lowered to only have the required tools in contact with the turf at any one point.

 

 

 

 

 

How much does the pitch maintenance equipment cost?

The Iron & Earth team has put together the package listed above as the ideal package for local football pitches that are budget-conscious. We understand the struggles that local clubs face from a budgeting point of view, so we have ensured to find the right equipment at the right price. We also offer free delivery and installation of the equipment to your club. We can offer the above equipment for the following pricing:

Solis H26 HST Tractor – £10,795
Winton WFM150 Mower – £1,178
SCH Turf Groomer – £2,495

Total Price – £14,468 + VAT

Assuming that your club is eligible for the above equipment and has the grant funding of 75%, this means the total that your club would pay is £3,617 + VAT.

 

Looking for more information on the football foundation pitch machinery grant or the equipment mentioned?

Get in touch with the Iron & Earth team or visit the Football Foundation website.

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Disclaimer:

Please note that we are not in partnership with the Football Foundation. The information provided in this article is accurate as of the writing date and is subject to change without prior notice. The Football Foundation grant mentioned herein may be updated at any point. For the latest and most accurate information regarding the Football Foundation grant for grass pitch maintenance machinery and equipment, we recommend contacting the Football Foundation directly or visiting the following link: Football Foundation Grant Information.

 

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Solis Compact Tractor Comparison

If you find yourself asking, ‘Which Solis Compact Tractor should you buy?’ or ‘What are the differences between the Solis Compact Tractors?’, then you have come to the right place. This article is written to teach you the valuable differences between each model and the pros and cons of each.

Solis Compact Tractor Summary

In a nutshell, it all comes down to what you require the tractor for and what your budget is. Let’s give a quick breakdown of the Compact Tractors.

Are you looking for a cheap compact tractor as a small versatile garden tractor? Then the Solis S20 is for you. This Compact Tractor, coupled with its 20hp Mitsubishi engine and a 5 year warranty boasts incredible reliability while retaining a budget price tag.  If your mowing, The Solis S20 can handle a 1.25m Flail mower, a 1.1 meter topper mower and a 1.2m Finishing mower.

Maybe it’s a cheap compact tractor, but you have a bit more land than the S20 can handle. Then the Solis S26 Manual is for you. This Solis Compact Tractor, driven by its 26hp Mitsubishi engine and a manual 6F/2R transmission is the entry level compact tractor of choice. If your mowing, The Solis S26 can handle a 1.45m Flail mower, a 1.5 meter topper mower and a 1.5m Finishing mower.

What about a budget tractor with the added comfort of the HST, Then the Solis S26 Shuttle is for you. Still driven by the same 26hp Mitsubishi engine as the other Solis 26 tractors but coupled with same the premium operator station as the H26 HST with a 9F/9R Mechanical Shuttle Transmission the S26 Shuttle is the Compact Tractor of choice.

Looking for a cheap hydrostatic tractor with an independent rear PTO? Then the Solis H26 HST is for you. The cream of the crop when it comes to Solis 26 tractors. As standard this tractor comes with Rear and mid PTO with a premium operator station, cruise control, simple 2-pedal operation and will handle your tasks with ease. The H26 HST is also available with a heated Cabin for even more comfort.

Solis Compact Tractor Key Differences and specifications

The Solis S20 Compact Tractor

    • 20hp Mitsubishi Diesel Engine
    • 540/1000 RPM Mechanically engaged PTO
    • 6F/2R Manual Transmission

The Solis S26 Manual Compact Tractor

    • 26hp Mitsubishi Diesel Engine
    • 540/1000 RPM Mechanically engaged PTO
    • 6F/2R Manual Side-shift Transmission

The Solis S26 Shuttle Compact Tractor

    • 26hp Mitsubishi Diesel Engine
    • 540/540E RPM Mechanically engaged PTO
    • 9F/9R Mechanical Shuttle Transmission
    • Premium Operator Station

The Solis H26 HST Compact Tractor

    • 26hp Mitsubishi Diesel Engine
    • 540 Mid and 540 Rear Electro-hydraulic engaged independent PTO
    • 2 Range Hydrostatic Transmission
    • Cruise Control
    • Premium Operator Station

 


Solis Compact Tractor Breakdown.

Now if your still with me and have not found your answer from the summary above then lets break down each individual model and provide you with the information you need to make the best discission.

 


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The Solis S20 Manual – The cheap yet reliable 20hp Compact Tractor.

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Let’s start with the budget Solis S20 Compact tractor. Even though it has a price tag for less than 8k, the Solis S20 is still a reliable performer.

– 20hp Mitsubishi Diesel Engine
– 540/1000 RPM Mechanically engaged PTO
– 6F/2R Manual Transmission

Transmission

The Solis S20 contains an 8F/2R Manual Transmission. The gear levers are positioned directly into the transmission below the floor plan of the compact tractor. These are situated between the operators legs. This setup uses the left hand lever to control the range of the tractor, between High & Low range and the right hand level contains the gear shifter with 1-2-3-R, therefore containing 6 gears in forward and one 2 gears in Reverse. Specifications of the transmission are  as below;

    • Mechanical 4WD
    • Mechanical Heel Operated Dif-lock
    • 6 Forward Gears
    • 2 Reverse Gears
    • Sliding Mesh Transmission
    • Single Drive Clutch
    • 13.93 km/h Max Forward Speed
    • 1.3 km/h Min Forward Speed

Engine

The Solis S20 is equipped with a Mitsubishi 979cc, 3 Cylinder 20hp Diesel Engine.

    • 979 Cubic Centimetre Naturally Aspirated Diesel Engine
    • 2700 Rated Engine Speed
    • 50 Nm Max Torque
    • Down Draft Exhaust System

Electrical System

Solis Compact Tractors are known for their simplicity so when it comes to electrics, these are very limited.

    • 12V, 65AH Battery
    • 12V, 42Amp Altenator
    • 12V, Seven Pin Trailer Plug as Standard

Rear Hydraulics, Linkage and PTO

The Solis S20 Compact Tractor is cheap, but does not miss out on quality or specs. At the back of this compact tractor you will find;

    • Cat 1 N £ Point Linkage with 500kg Lift Capacity
    • Anchor Chain Sway Bars with single-arm adjustable Drop link
    • 1 Double Acting rear spool valve.
    • 540/1000 RPM Two Speed Rear PTO
    • Mechanical PTO Actuation
    • Standard Rear Clevis Trailer Hitch

 


 

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The Solis S26 Manual – Now upgraded as a Side Shift Compact Tractor

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Lets start with the entry level in the 26 Hp Range of Solis Tractors, the Solis S26 Manual Compact tractor. Recently upgraded to a S26+ With Side shift transmission the S26 Manual is taking over as one of the cheapest 26hp Tractors on the market with excellent reliability and specs.

– 26hp Mitsubishi Diesel Engine
– 540/1000 RPM Mechanically engaged PTO
– 6F/2R Manual Side-shift Transmission

Transmission

The Solis S26 Manual Compact Tractor is powered by a Mitsubishi 3 Cylinder 26 HP Diesel Engine and driven by a 8f/3r Manual Side-shift Transmission. The gear levers have recenly been upgraded from directly into the transmission below the floor plan of the Compact Tractor to a convenient location to the left and right hand side of the seat. This setup uses the left hand lever to control the range of the tractor, between High & Low range and the right hand level contains the gear shifter with 1-2-3-R, therefore containing 6 gears in forward and one 2 gears in Reverse. Specifications of the transmission are  as below;

    • Mechanical 4WD
    • Mechanical Dif-lock
    • 6 Forward Gears with Side-shift Lever
    • 2 Reverse Gears with Side-shift Lever
    • Sliding Mesh Transmission
    • Single Drive Clutch
    • 18.08 km/h Max Forward Speed
    • 1.67 km/h Min Forward Speed
    • Oil Immersed Brakes with Independent Parking Brake

Engine

The Solis S26 Manual Tractor is equipped with a Mitsubishi 1318cc, 3 Cylinder 26hp Diesel Engine.

    • 1318 Cubic Centimetre Naturally Aspirated Diesel Engine
    • 2700 Rated Engine Speed
    • 76.3 Nm Max Torque
    • Down Draft Exhaust System with underhood muffler

Electrical System

As with other Solis tractors, the electrical system is very limited on the Solis S26 Shuttle.

    • 12V, 65AH Battery
    • 12V, 42Amp Altenator
    • 12V, Seven Pin Trailer Plug as Standard

Rear Hydraulics, Linkage and PTO

At the back of the Solis S26 Manual compact tractor you will find;

    • Cat 1 N 3 Point Linkage with 600kg Lift Capacity
    • Anchor Chain Sway Bars with single-arm adjustable Drop link
    • 1 Double Acting rear spool valve.
    • 540/1000 RPM Two Speed Rear PTO
    • Mechanical PTO Actuation
    • Standard Rear Clevis Trailer Hitch

 


 

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The Solis S26 Shuttle – Shuttle Transmission with Premium Operator Comfort

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Lets start with the Mid Range Compact Tractor in the 26 Hp Range of Solis Tractors, the Solis S26 Shuttle 9+9 runs an extremely reliable 9F/9R Mechanical shuttle transmission with the premium operator station of the HST.

– 26hp Mitsubishi Diesel Engine
– 540/540E RPM Mechanically engaged PTO
– 9F/9R Mechanical Shuttle Transmission
– Premium Operator Station

Transmission

While the Solis S26 Shuttle Compact Tractor utilises the same reliable engine as the other tractors in the Solis 26 range, the Solis S26 Shuttle has the added benefit of the 9F/9R Mechanical Shuttle Transmission. This is controlled using a 3 speed range lever and 3 speed gear lever with a simple forward/reverse shuttle, all controller from the comfort of the premium operator station.

    • Mechanical 4WD
    • Mechanical Dif-lock
    • 9 Forward Gears
    • 9 Reverse Gears
    • Constant Mesh with Synchromesh Shuttle Lever
    • Single Drive Clutch
    • 19.71 km/h Max Forward Speed
    • 1.14 km/h Min Forward Speed
    • Oil Immersed Brakes with Independent Parking Brake
    • 3T Braked Towing Capacity
    • 1050kg Unbraked Towing Capacity

Engine

The Solis S26 XL Compact Tractor is equipped with the same Mitsubishi 1318cc, 3 Cylinder 26hp Diesel Engine as the others in the 26 range.

    • 1318 Cubic Centimetre Naturally Aspirated Diesel Engine
    • 2700 Rated Engine Speed
    • 76.3 Nm Max Torque
    • Down Draft Exhaust System with under hood muffler

Electrical System

As with other Solis tractors the Electrical System is very limited on the Solis S26 Shuttle, this is perfect when it comes to potential electrical issues of other tractors.

    • 12V, 65AH Battery
    • 12V, 42Amp Altenator
    • 12V, Seven Pin Trailer Plug as Standard

Rear Hydraulics, Linkage and PTO

At the back of the Solis S26 Manual compact tractor you will find;

    • Cat 1N 3 Point Linkage with 600kg Lift Capacity
    • Anchor Chain Sway Bars with single-arm adjustable Drop link
    • 1 Double Acting rear spool valve.
    • 540/540E Two Speed Rear PTO
    • Mechanical PTO Actuation
    • Standard Rear Clevis Trailer Hitch

 


Solis H26 on Turf Tyres

The Solis H26 HST – Hydrostatic Transmission with Independent PTO

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The Cream of the crop when it comes to the Solis 26 Range. The Solis H26 HST with a price tag of only £10,795 it is a force to be reckoned with in the Compact Tractor Industry. The H26 can be optioned up with a heated cabin for an additional £3,000. If you are spending a lot of time mowing or need a simple to drive tractor the HST is the compact tractor of choice, as its independent Electro-hydraulic PTO and 2 pedal operation makes it a breeze to drive.

– 26hp Mitsubishi Diesel Engine
– 540 Mid and 540 Rear Electro-hydraulic engaged independent PTO
– 2 Range Hydrostatic Transmission
– Premium Operator Station

 

Transmission

2 Ranges, 2 Pedals, that’s it when it comes to the Solis H26 Compact Tractor. Simply place the tractor in High or Low speed and press one pedal for forward and one pedal for backwards, the harder you push the pedal the faster you go. For an even simpler driving experience the Solis H26 HST compact tractor comes standard with Cruise Control.

    • Mechanical 4WD
    • Mechanical Dif-lock
    • 2 Range, 2 Pedal Hydrostatic Transmission
    • 21 km/h Max Forward Speed
    • 3.18 km/h Min Forward Speed
    • Oil Immersed Brakes with Independent Parking Brake

Engine

The Solis S26 XL Compact Tractor is equipped with the same Mitsubishi 1318cc, 3 Cylinder 26hp Diesel Engine as the others in the 26 range.

    • 1318 Cubic Centimetre Naturally Aspirated Diesel Engine
    • 2700 Rated Engine Speed
    • 76.3 Nm Max Torque
    • Down Draft Exhaust System with under hood muffler

Electrical System

As with other Solis tractors the Electrical System is very limited on the Solis S26 Shuttle, this is perfect when it comes to potential electrical issues of other tractors.

    • 12V, 65AH Battery
    • 12V, 42Amp Altenator
    • 12V, Seven Pin Trailer Plug as Standard
    • Electro-hydraulic PTO Actuation
    • Cruise Control

Rear Hydraulics, Linkage and PTO

At the back of the Solis S26 Manual compact tractor you will find;

    • Cat 1N 3 Point Linkage with 600kg Lift Capacity
    • Anchor Chain Sway Bars with single-arm adjustable Drop link
    • 1 Double Acting rear spool valve.
    • 540 Mid Mount and 540 Rear Mount PTO
    • Electro-hydraulic Independent PTO Actuation
    • Standard Rear Clevis Trailer Hitch

 


 

Solis Warranty

As with all Solis Tractors the Solis 20/26 Range of tractors comes standard with a 5 Year manufacturer warranty.

 


Still unsure which compact tractor is right for you?

Reach out to the Friendly Iron & Earth Team today and we will be sure to work with you on getting the Compact Tractor you need

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How to choose the best tyre for a Solis Compact Tractor?

Let’s talk about your Solis tyres!

Did you know that when it comes to our New Solis Compact Tractors, the choice is entirely yours? That’s right! At Iron and Earth, we don’t charge extra for tyre changes on our Solis S20, Solis S26, and Solis H26 Compact Tractors. Even better, we keep our tractors stocked with all the tyre options so you can see them in person. The decision is in your hands.

One of the most common questions we receive at Iron and Earth is, “What’s the best tyre for my Solis compact tractor?” To provide you with the most accurate answer, we need to delve deeper into what you intend to do with the tractor. Since we don’t have that information here, we’ve prepared a comprehensive guide on the various tyre options available, allowing you to make an informed choice. If you ever need more information or guidance, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our team is always ready to assist you in selecting the perfect tyres for your new Solis tractor.

The Solis 26hp tractors come with 5 different types of tyres, these are, Agricultural Tyres, Wide Agricultural Tyres, Industrial Tyres, Galaxy Pro Tyres and Turf Tyres. Now i understand this can be a daunting task to choose which one suits you. Ill now dive into the different types of treads so you can make an informed decision when it comes to your new Solis Tractor.

 

Don’t have time to read it all? That’s no worries, in summary we can tell you

Mainly using a front loader or need an excellent all-round tyre? Opt for the Industrial tyre when you buy your Solis Tractor.

Working on predominately lawns or playing fields? Opt for the Turf tyre when you buy your Solis Tractor.

Need good grip, with low ground impact? Opt for the Galaxy Pro when you buy your Solis Tractor.

Need the best grip of the bunch? Opt for the Wide Ag Tyre when you buy your Solis Tractor.

Need the best grip of the bunch but don’t wont to compromise your width? Opt for the Narrow Ag Tyre when you buy your Solis Tractor.

 

Now if your still with us lets break each tyre down even further to help you decide.

 

Industrial Tyre - Iron & Earth Equipment LtdThe Industrial Tyre

The standard tyre most compact tractor dealers will opt to stock and the most commonly asked for tread pattern. This is because they are the best all round tyre for a compact tractor. Industrial tyres are built to withstand longer wear and provide excellent puncture protection, they incorporate a wider ground area and shallower voids than an agricultural tyre, the result of this being a greater load bearing surface for loader work while retaining excellent grip.

If you don’t have a specific requirement or just need an all-round excellent tyre, then the Industrial tyre is for you.

 

 

 

 

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The Galaxy Pro Tyre

The Galaxy Pro tyre is a radial tyre developed specifically for small tractors that are to be used in Gardening, Orchards, and Vineyards. They provide a narrower tyre than the Industrial or the turf tyre meaning if space is tight in your area then they will give an added bonus of your Solis tractor being a narrower overall width. They also contain a directional block tread pattern that is nearly 50% larger than a typical turf tyre. This given you excellent floatation and excellent grip in softer ground. With a low rolling resistance they will also provide the best fuel economy for your Solis tractor.

If your predominantly using your tractor for softer ground within vineyards and require a narrower overall width then the Galaxy Pro is for you, Its a tyre with more grip and comfort than the industrial and the turf, however, still less grip than the Agricultural alternatives.

 

 

 

 

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The Turf Tyre

The turf tyre, As it says on the tin is developed to reduce impact on sensitive grass areas including Lawns, playing fields, golf courses and gardens. The turf tyre contains shallow button style tread and a wider floatation footprint, thus reducing the ground pressure and ground damage that tyres could potentially cause. As the widest and softest tyre of the set they also usually provide the most operator comfort.

If your predominantly using your tractor on lush green lawns, playing fields or golf courses then the Turf Tyre is for you. Turf tyres have the lowest grip level of all tyre options, however they do cause the least ground pressure and ground damage when it comes to your lawn.

 

 

 

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The Agri Tyre – Wide or Narrow

The agricultural tyre option, whether wide or narrow, for a Solis tractor is the go-to choice for those grip demanding tasks. Agricultural tyres contain a wide and open lug pattern and deeper tread voids, thus providing excellent self cleaning features and excellent grip. You will get the the best grip from your Solis Tractor using the agricultural tyre, however, as a downside you will also cause the most ground disturbance. The Agricultural tyre can be opted in a wide or narrow design, with the wider tyre giving slightly reduced ground pressure while maintaining the extra grip. The narrower tyre however, is usually opted for in woodlands to reduce the tractors maximum overall width.

If you need your Solis in areas where grip is of upmost importance then the Agricultural tyre is for you. If you could potentially be using your machine on grassed areas then potentially the Galaxy Pro is the tyre of choice as it has excellent grip capabilities with a lower ground impact.

 

 

 

What do we recommend? Well that depends on what you need, our highly experienced team at Iron and Earth can help you choose, Just give us a call on 01452 452 535 and we can walk you through the best option for the tasks at hand.

For more help you can email info@ironandearth.co.uk and our friendly team will help.

A Comprehensive Guide on the Solis S26 Shuttle XL Compact Tractor

Introduction

The Solis S26 Shuttle XL compact tractor is the middle of the range 26hp compact tractor made by Solis. It is designed as a small holding workhorse, especially when equipped with its 4-1 loader and a multitude of attachments. It boasts the trusted Solis 5 year warranty and a easy to operate shuttle transmission. In this guide, we will delve into harnessing the full potential of your new Solis S26 Shuttle XL, with a focus on its key attributes. These include the simple to use shuttle transmission, the rear hydraulics, the three-point linkage and more.

If your finding yourself asking the question, How do I use my Solis 26? then this guide is for you.

 

Safety and Pre-Operation Checklist for Your Solis S26 Shuttle XL Compact Tractor

When it comes to operating the Solis S26 Shuttle XL Compact Tractor, your safety is paramount. Ensuring a secure working environment involves adhering to PPE (personal protective equipment) recommendations and consistently fastening your seatbelt while using the equipment. With safety as our top concern, let’s now delve into the pre-operation checklist that should be completed before you embark on any tasks with your Solis S26 Shuttle XL Compact Tractor. This essential checklist not only bolsters safety measures but also guarantees the seamless operation of your Solis S26 Compact Tractor.

  1. Engine Oil Check: Begin by checking the engine oil level. Locate the dipstick on the right-hand side beneath the bonnet, adjacent to the engine oil filter. Make sure the machine is parked on a flat, level surface, then remove the dipstick. Confirm that the oil level falls within the designated range between the two lines on the dipstick.
  2. Visual Engine Check: While inspecting the engine compartment of your Solis S26, visually examine its components. Search for any visible damage or indications of leaks. Also, ensure that the radiator screen is free of debris. At the front of the engine, switch the isolator to the ON position if it’s not already there, and securely close the bonnet.
  3. Visual Machine Check: As you walk around the machine, meticulously inspect various components from the front to the rear, including the Front Axle, bonnet, and panels. Check for any apparent leaks or damages to the machine.
  4. Grease the Machine: Maintaining proper lubrication is essential for the tractor’s peak performance. It’s advisable to grease the machine approximately every 10 hours of operation or after extended periods of inactivity. For specific grease point locations, consult your operator’s manual.

By completing this pre-operation checklist, you’ll be well-prepared to carry out your tasks using the Solis S26 Compact tractor with confidence, ensuring not only your safety but also the machine’s optimal performance.

 

Lets get started!

Now that we’ve covered the essential pre-operation checks for your Solis S26 Shuttle XL, it’s time to get ready for the machine’s operation. Starting the Solis S26 Shuttle XL involves a sequence of crucial steps that must be followed in the correct order:

  1. Engage the Park Brake: Begin by engaging the tractor’s park brake if you haven’t already. Simply lift the park brake lever located between your legs.
  2. Place the Range Lever in Neutral: On the left-hand side of the operator’s station, you’ll find the range lever, marked with a distinctive orange handle. Ensure it’s in the neutral position, which is located in the middle.
  3. Place the Transmission Lever in Neutral: If the main transmission lever, situated on the right-hand side of the operator’s station with an orange handle, isn’t already in neutral, move it to the neutral position.
  4. Place the forward reverse lever in neutral: The forward reverse lever is the lever positioned to the Left hand side of the seat, place this in the Middle “N” Position.
  5. Place the PTO Selector in Neutral: Locate the PTO selector on the lower left-hand side of the footwell, identified by a yellow handle. Make sure it’s in the neutral position.
  6. Depress the Clutch Pedal: With your left foot, fully depress the clutch pedal.
  7. Heat Up the Glow Plugs: Turn the ignition switch one click to the right to activate the glow plugs. The heating duration depends on the outside ambient temperature, ranging from 3 seconds to 20 seconds.
  8. Bring It to Life: Continue turning the key further to the right and listen as the Mitsubishi 3-cylinder engine springs to life with a reassuring purr.

Congratulations! You’re now in a poised position to operate your Solis S26 Shuttle. These steps ensure a smooth and safe start for your machine, enabling you to operate it effectively and with confidence.

 

Its time to drive!

You have now successfully completed the pre-op checklist and the start procedure to get your new Solis S26 Shuttle XL started. Now the engine is running its time to take your first voyage in the Solis. The Solis S26 Shuttle XL features a 9 forward, 9 reverse shuttle transmission with a directional forward reverse control lever. To begin your first drive, follow the below procedure

  1. Disengage the park brake: Firstly, Place your Right foot firmly on the brake pedal and then using the park brake lever located between your legs pull the locking collar and lower the park brake lever towards the foot well
  2. Engage the Clutch: Fully depress the clutch lever to the floor using your Left Foot.
  3. Engage “A” Range: By using the range lever on the Left Hand side of the operator station, select the “A” Range, this is the slowest range.
  4. Engage First Gear: By using the main transmission lever on the Right hand Side of the operator station engage the First Gear.
  5. Engage the Forward Reverse Lever: By using the forward reverse lever on the left hand side of the operator station engage it into the Forward Position.
  6. Begin your drive; Slowly release the clutch and you will feel the machine moving forward.

Congratulations, you are now driving your new Solis S26 Shuttle XL.

 

Changing Gears. 

Your brand-new Solis S26 Shuttle XL Compact Tractor is equipped with a shuttle transmission, which means you’ll need to change gears as you operate it. Shifting gears while in motion is possible, but it’s equally simple to bring the machine to a stop, engage the appropriate gear, and then resume your journey.

However, it’s important to note that when switching between forward and reverse, the S26 Shuttle XL must always be completely stationary and the clutch must always be used. This ensures safe and seamless transitions between these two essential modes of operation.

 

Throttle and Accelerator

The Solis S26 Shuttle makes it easy for users to control the engine’s speed with a convenient hand throttle located on the right side of the steering column. If you want to increase the Engine RPM (Revolutions Per Minute), simply push the hand throttle gently forward. Conversely, to decrease the RPM, pull it backward.

For everyday driving tasks with the Solis S26 Shuttle, it’s recommended to maintain an RPM of approximately 2000. However, when you need to engage the Power Take-Off (PTO), it’s best to operate at around 2600 RPM. When using the PTO, it’s crucial to ensure that the RPM stays within the range of 2500 to 2700 RPM to ensure that the PTO functions at the correct rotational speed. You can easily verify this by observing the yellow line that surrounds the RPM gauge.

 

Attaching Your Machine to an Implement Using the Three-Point Linkage

To establish a connection between your machine and an implement using the three-point linkage, adhere to these simple steps:

  1. Position your machine: Carefully reverse your machine towards the implement until the rear arms align with the two lower pins on the implement. Once aligned, ensure the tractor is in neutral, engage the parking brake, and switch off the machine. Exit the tractor and proceed to the rear.
  2. Connect the lower link arms: Concentrate on the left-hand side (LHS) rear lower link arm. Attach it to the LHS pin of the implement by inserting the link pin on the implement through the hole at the end of the lower link arm. Secure it in place using the clip provided on the lower linkage pin. Repeat this procedure for the opposite side.
  3. Address the top link: Attach the top link to the top pin on the implement. If necessary, adjust the length of the top link by turning the turnbuckle. Once the top link is correctly connected, move on to link the PTO (Power Take-Off) of the implement to the PTO shaft of the tractor.
  4. Connect the PTO shaft: Align the splines of the PTO shaft with those on the tractor and depress the locking pins on the PTO shaft. Push it firmly onto the tractor’s PTO shaft. After full insertion, retract the PTO shaft slightly until the locking pin engages with the locking collar on the tractor’s PTO shaft. It’s advisable to clean and grease the PTO splines on the tractor for smooth future removal and installation.
  5. Final inspection: Ensure that everything is securely locked in place, and all pins on the linkage are properly secured.

By following these steps, you will successfully establish a secure connection between your machine and the implement using the three-point linkage.

 

Using your implement

Now that we’ve covered the basics of starting and driving your Solis S26 Shuttle tractor and attaching an implement, let’s explore the effective use of various implements. It’s important to keep in mind that the operation of different implements can vary, so we strongly recommend reading the operator’s manual specific to each implement for a comprehensive understanding of its functionality. For the purpose of this guide, we’ll use a flail mower as an illustrative example.

Return to the operator’s seat of your Solis S26 Shuttle and follow the start-up procedure to restart the machine.

The Solis S26 Shuttle is equipped with a mechanical Rear PTO (Power Take-Off). to engage the PTO follow the below procedure.

  1. Press the Clutch: Depress the clutch pedal completely
  2. Select a PTO Speed: Engage the PTO lever from neutral to the desired speed The PTO lever is the yellow handled lever positioned on the Left hand side of the operators seat.
  3. Be safe: Look around to ensure there are no bystanders and ensure the implement is off the ground
  4. Select your gear: Follow the procedure above for driving your machine to select your desirted forward gear
  5. Remove the clutch: Slowly remove the clutch pedal and your machine will begin moving forward and the PTO will also come to life. Your Flail mower will now be spinning.

With these steps completed, you are now fully prepared to begin your cutting task with your Solis S26 Shuttle tractor and chosen implement. If using a PTO implement that requires you to get off the tractor while operating the PTO then follow the above procedure, however, do not engage a forward speed and leave the machine in neutral with the Park Brake engaged.

 

Adjusting the Three-Point Linkage’s Height

When it comes to operating heavy machinery, precision is key. And when you’re dealing with a three-point linkage, the ability to fine-tune its height is absolutely crucial. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the linkage raise and lower control lever, an essential component that allows you to precisely adjust the lift of the rear linkage.

Located conveniently on the right-hand side of your operator’s seat, this control lever takes the form of a black Tee-bar handle. Its function is straightforward: pushing it forward lowers the linkage, while pulling it backward raises it. This level of control is especially valuable when you’ve just attached a flail mower and need to set it at the perfect cutting height or resting position on its skid plates and rear roller. To achieve this, simply slide the linkage control lever all the way forward.

Now, here’s a pro tip: after completing each run, it’s advisable to raise the flail mower slightly to facilitate your endpoint turn. Then, lower it again for the next cutting pass. This approach allows you to maintain precise control over the implement’s height throughout your task while preventing any unwanted scuffing that the skid plates might cause on the ground.

But what if you find that the linkage is moving too fast or too slow when lowering the implement? No worries – there’s a solution. Look for the Rate of Drop knob situated between your legs. By turning it clockwise, you can slow down the rate at which the linkage arms lower the implement. Conversely, rotating it counterclockwise will speed up the lowering process. Bonus: this knob also serves as a hitch transport lock. Turning it completely clockwise will prevent the implement from lowering, allowing for a secure locked position during machine transport.

Sometimes, you might notice that one side of the implement is sitting lower than the other. In such cases, you can easily rectify the situation by adjusting the vertical turnbuckles located on both the left and right sides of the lower 3-point linkage arms.

And finally, if you find that the machine isn’t level in the fore/aft direction, don’t worry – there’s a solution for that too. Use the turnbuckle on the top link to make the necessary adjustments. It’s essential to carry out these adjustments with the implement resting on the ground and with any weight removed from the rear linkage for the best results.

 

Optimising Tractor Conditions

In most typical situations, operating your machine in two-wheel drive mode is the way to go. However, when you find yourself facing tough and demanding conditions, it’s essential to know how to overcome them effectively. Here’s your guide on how to navigate out of a bind:

  1. Activate Four-Wheel Drive: When confronted with challenging terrain or slippery surfaces, you can engage the four-wheel drive to bolster your machine’s traction. To do this, locate the 4WD selector on the lower left-hand side of your operator’s seat, near the footwell. You can easily identify it by its distinctive orange handle.
  2. Enhance Traction with Differential Lock: When you require even more traction than four-wheel drive alone can provide, your machine is equipped with a differential lock for the rear wheels. To activate this feature, press the foot pedal using your left heel. You’ll find the differential lock control positioned just below the 4WD engagement lever.

By making use of these advanced features, you can ensure that your machine maintains optimal traction and can effectively navigate through challenging terrain and adverse conditions whenever the need arises. These capabilities give you the confidence to tackle even the toughest operating conditions with ease and precision.

 

Working with Hydraulic Spool Valves: Safety and Proper Procedures

When you’re working with specific implements, like the hydraulic offset flail mower from Iron & Earth Equipment, utilizing the rear hydraulic spool valves is a necessity.

You’ll find the hydraulic quick couplers located at the rear of your machine. To attach a hydraulic coupler, follow these steps:

  1. Turn off the machine.
  2. Firmly push the hydraulic coupler into the quick coupler.

When it’s time to detach the coupler, do the following:

  1. Again, turn off the machine.
  2. When it’s safe to do so, move the hydraulic control lever forwards and backwards. This action releases all pressure from the hydraulic lines.
  3. Retract the quick coupler collar on the tractor, and use a “push and pull” motion to remove the quick coupler from the tractor.

Once you’ve securely attached the implement, you can manipulate the DCV (Directional Control Valve) control lever to regulate the hydraulic flow. The direction you move the lever depends on how the implement is plumbed.

A crucial reminder: when dealing with hydraulics, it’s absolutely essential to wear complete PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Mishandling hydraulic oil pressure can pose serious hazards, so make sure to take all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. Your well-being is paramount when working with hydraulic systems.

 

Ensuring Comfort in Your New Solis S26 Shuttle XL

The Solis S26 Shuttle is designed with your comfort in mind, ensuring that your workdays are not just productive but also enjoyable. Here’s how you can customize and maximize your comfort:

  1. Fore-aft Seat Adjustment: Tailor the driver’s seat to your liking with ease. To move it forward or backward, simply use the lever located on the lower left-hand side of the operator’s seat.
  2. Adjust the Spring tension: Fine-tune the spring tension of the seat to your preference by adjusting the dial positioned at the top of the seat’s back. Tighten the dial to increase tension, or loosen it to decrease tension.
  3. Vertical Height Adjustment: To find the perfect seating height, look to the lower right-hand side of the seat’s back. You’ll find the vertical height adjuster. Turn this mechanism to effortlessly raise or lower the seat to your desired height.
  4. Armrest Comfort: Your Solis S26 comes equipped with armrests for added comfort during those long work hours. These armrests can be customized to your preference. Adjust the inclination of each armrest using the dials located beneath them.

By making these ergonomic adjustments, you’ll ensure that your time spent operating the Solis S26 Shuttle is both productive and comfortable. This, in turn, enables you to work efficiently and with ease, making your daily tasks more enjoyable.

 

Seeking Further Information

While we’ve made every effort to provide comprehensive information in this guide, we strongly recommend reviewing the operator manual for your new Solis S26 Shuttle XL. If you find yourself with any lingering questions or uncertainties, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our approachable team at Iron & Earth Equipment. You can reach us at 01452 452 535.

Remember, there are no foolish questions when it comes to your equipment. Feel free to ask, and our team is here to provide the assistance you need.

A Comprehensive Guide on the Solis S26 Manual Compact Tractor

Introduction

The Solis S26 compact tractor is a our most affordable 26hp compact tractor and is designed to excel in a wide range of landscaping tasks. It boasts a multitude of impressive features that enhance the user experience, catering to both beginners and seasoned operators alike. In this guide, we will delve into harnessing the full potential of your new Solis S26, with a focus on its key attributes. These include the simple to use manual transmission, the rear hydraulics, the three-point linkage and more.

 

Safety and Pre-Operation Checklist for Your Solis S26 Manual Compact Tractor

To ensure your safety while operating the Solis S26 Manual Compact tractor, it’s crucial to follow PPE (personal protective equipment) recommendations and consistently fasten the seatbelt when utilizing the equipment. Keeping this in view, let’s proceed to the pre-operation checklist that must be performed before initiating any tasks with your Solis S26 Compact Tractor. This checklist will not only enhance safety but also ensure the smooth functioning of your Solis S26 Compact tractor.

  1. Engine Oil Check: Begin by checking the engine oil level. Locate the dipstick on the right-hand side beneath the bonnet, adjacent to the engine oil filter. Make sure the machine is parked on a flat, level surface, then remove the dipstick. Confirm that the oil level falls within the designated range between the two lines on the dipstick.
  2. Visual Engine Check: While inspecting the engine compartment of your Solis S26, visually examine its components. Search for any visible damage or indications of leaks. Also, ensure that the radiator screen is free of debris. At the front of the engine, switch the isolator to the ON position if it’s not already there, and securely close the bonnet.
  3. Visual Machine Check: As you walk around the machine, meticulously inspect various components from the front to the rear, including the Front Axle, bonnet, and panels. Check for any apparent leaks or damages to the machine.
  4. Grease the Machine: Maintaining proper lubrication is essential for the tractor’s peak performance. It’s advisable to grease the machine approximately every 10 hours of operation or after extended periods of inactivity. For specific grease point locations, consult your operator’s manual.

By completing this pre-operation checklist, you’ll be well-prepared to carry out your tasks using the Solis S26 Compact tractor with confidence, ensuring not only your safety but also the machine’s optimal performance.

 

Lets get started!

Now that we’ve covered the essential pre-operation checks for your Solis S26, it’s time to prepare for the machine’s operation. Starting the Solis S26 involves a sequence of necessary steps, which must be followed in the correct order:

  1. Engage the Park Brake: If you haven’t already, engage the tractor’s park brake by lifting the park brake lever located on the right-hand side of the operator’s station.
  2. Place the range leer in neutral: On the right hand side of the foot well you will see the range lever, this is distinguished by a small lever with a orange handle. Neutral position is in the middle, the lever must also be locked into the neutral position by pressing it to the left when positioned over the neutral lock.
  3. Place the transmission lever in neutral: If it’s not already in neutral, move the main transmission lever, situated between your legs, into the neutral position.
  4. Place the PTO selector in Neutral: The PTO selector is on the lower left-hand side of the footwell and has a yellow handle. Ensure it’s in the neutral position.
  5. Depress the clutch pedal: Using your left foot, completely depress the clutch pedal.
  6. Heat up the glow plugs: Turn the ignition switch one click to the right to activate the glow plugs. The duration for heating the engine depends on the outside ambient temperature, which can vary from 3 seconds to 20 seconds.
  7. Bring it to Life: Continue turning the key further right and listen as the Mitsubishi 3-cylinder engine comes to life with a reassuring purr.

Congratulations! You are now in a poised position to operate your Solis S26 Manual. These steps ensure a smooth and safe start for your machine, allowing you to operate it effectively.

 

Your first steps (or roll)!

Fantastic job! You’ve successfully completed the pre-operation checklist, and now the robust Mitsubishi diesel engine in the Solis S26 is up and running, ready to tackle your tasks. It’s time to embark on your first drive!

The Solis S26 boasts a versatile 2-range, 3-speed manual transmission, giving you a total of 6 forward gears and 2 reverse gears. Let’s start off at a leisurely pace in Low 1. To engage the Low Range, follow these steps:

  1. Disengage the Park Brake: Press firmly on the brake pedal and disengage the parking brake.
  2. Engage the clutch pedal: Depress the clutch pedal fully.
  3. Engage Low Speed (first Range): On the lower right-hand side of the footwell, locate the range selector. Move it to the right and then forward to engage the low range, which is indicated by the turtle symbol on the sticker.
  4. Enter first Gear: While keeping the clutch pedal depressed, move the main transmission gear shifter into the first position, which is to the left and then forward.
  5. Lets Go: Ensure that both levers are fully engaged, and you’re all set. Now, slowly release the clutch pedal while simultaneously easing off the brake, and you’ll start moving forward.

Congratulations! You are now in complete control, confidently driving the Solis S26 Manual Compact Tractor. Enjoy your ride!

 

Changing Gears. 

Your brand-new Solis S26 Compact Tractor is equipped with a manual transmission, which means you’ll need to change gears as you operate it. Shifting gears while in motion is possible, but it’s equally simple to bring the machine to a stop, engage the appropriate gear, and then resume your journey.

However, it’s important to note that when switching between forward and reverse, the S26 must always be completely stationary. This ensures safe and seamless transitions between these two essential modes of operation.

 

Throttle and Accelerator

The Solis S26 comes equipped with a user-friendly hand throttle conveniently located on the right-hand side of the steering column. Adjusting the engine’s RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) is a breeze – simply pull the hand throttle gently backward to increase RPM or push it forward to decrease it.

For your everyday driving tasks with the Solis S26, maintaining an RPM of approximately 2200 is recommended. However, when you engage the Power Take-Off (PTO), it’s a good practice to operate at around 2600 RPM. When using the PTO, it’s crucial to ensure that the RPM falls within the specified range of 2500 to 2700 RPM to ensure that the PTO functions at the correct rotational speed. You can easily verify this by observing the yellow line that encircles the RPM gauge.

 

Attaching Your Machine to an Implement Using the Three-Point Linkage

To establish a connection between your Solis S26 Compact Tractor and an implement through the three-point linkage, adhere to these straightforward steps:

  1. Position Your Machine: Carefully reverse your Solis S26 toward the implement until the rear arms align with the two lower pins on the implement. Once properly aligned, ensure that the tractor is in neutral, engage the parking brake, and power off the machine. Exit the tractor and proceed to the rear.
  2. Link the Lower Arms (Left Side): Concentrate on the left-hand side (LHS) rear lower link arm. Attach it to the LHS pin of the implement by inserting the link pin on the implement through the hole at the end of the lower link arm. Secure it in place using the clip attached to the lower linkage pin. Repeat this same process for the right side.
  3. Adjust the Top Link: Focus on the top link and connect it to the top pin on the implement. If necessary, adjust the length of the top link by turning the turnbuckle. Once the top link is appropriately engaged and connected, proceed to link the PTO (Power Take-Off) of the implement to the PTO shaft of the tractor.
  4. Link the PTO Shaft: Align the splines of the PTO shaft with those of the tractor and depress the locking pins on the PTO shaft. Push it firmly onto the tractor’s PTO shaft. After it’s fully inserted, slightly retract the PTO shaft until the locking pin engages with the locking collar on the tractor’s PTO shaft. For future ease of removal and installation, it is recommended to clean and grease the splines of the tractor’s PTO.
  5. Confirm Secure Locking: Ensure that everything is securely locked in place, and verify that all pins on the linkage are properly secured.

By following these step-by-step instructions, you’ll have successfully established a secure connection between your Solis S26 Compact Tractor and the implement using the three-point linkage.

 

How to engage the PTO of a Solis S26 Manual Tractor

Once you’ve connected your attachment, return to the driver’s seat of your newly acquired Solis S26 Manual Compact Tractor. To get your PTO engaged and your implement up and running, follow these start-up steps. The Solis S26, which has a few differences compared to the S26. The S26 is equipped with a mechanically engaged Power Take-Off (PTO) system and shares the same clutch as the vehicle. Here’s how you can engage the PTO on your Solis S26 Manual Compact Tractor:

  1. Press the Vehicle Clutch: Begin by fully depressing the vehicle clutch pedal.
  2. Find the PTO Lever: Locate the PTO lever on the lower left-hand side of the footwell. This is noted with a Yellow Handle
  3. Select your PTO Speed: Depending on the implement you’ve selected, you’ll need to set the PTO lever to either the 540 or the 1000 RPM position. To engage the PTO at 540 RPM, move the lever towards the front, conversely, for 1000rpm move it to the rear. Please note that the RPM setting here refers to how fast the PTO spins and is not related to the engine RPM. This distinction is essential for the proper operation of your Solis S26 Manual Compact Tractor.
  4. Bring your RPM up: We want to bring the Engine RPM up to around 2200 RPM
  5. Release the clutch: Remove your clutch and the PTO will begin to spin, if you are in a gear the machine will begin to move as well.
  6. Increase Engine RPM: Increase the engine RPM to 2500 to 2700 RPM to ensure that the PTO is rotating at the selected speed. You can easily confirm this by noting the yellow line encircling the RPM gauge.

 

How to adjust the linkage height of a Solis S26 Manual Tractor

To adjust the linkage height, you’ll rely on the linkage raise and lower control lever, conveniently located on the right-hand side of your operator’s seat. This lever, with its black Tee-bar handle, is responsible for controlling the elevation of the rear linkage.

To lower the linkage, simply push the lever towards the front of the machine. Conversely, pull it backward to raise the linkage.

Here’s a pro tip: When you finish one run, raise the implement briefly to make turning at the endpoint easier. Then, lower it again for the next pass. This practice ensures precise control over the implement’s height throughout your task.

Should you find that the linkage is lowering too quickly or too slowly for your liking, you can make adjustments using the Rate of Drop knob located between your legs. Turn this knob clockwise to slow down the rate at which the linkage arms drop or counter clockwise to speed it up. This knob doubles as the hitch transport lock. By rotating it fully clockwise, you can lock the implement in position for safe machine transport.

If you notice that one side of the implement is sitting lower than the other, don’t worry; you can fix this by adjusting the vertical turnbuckles found on both the left and right sides of the lower 3-point linkage arms.

And if your machine isn’t level in the fore/aft direction, you can make the necessary adjustments using the turnbuckle on the top link. Remember to perform these adjustments when the implement is resting on the ground and when any weight has been removed from the rear linkage. This way, you’ll ensure optimal performance and precision from your Solis S26’s three-point linkage system.

 

How to use 4WD and Difflock on a Solis S26 Tractor

For optimal machine operation under typical circumstances, it is recommended to utilize the two-wheel drive mode. However, when faced with demanding operating conditions, follow these steps to overcome challenges:

  1. Engage Four-Wheel Drive: In situations where conditions are challenging, activate the four-wheel drive by lifting the 4WD selector. You can locate this selector on the lower left side of the operator’s seat, near the footwell, easily identified by its distinctive orange handle.
  2. Boost Traction with Differential Lock: When you require even greater traction, the rear differential is equipped with a differential lock feature. To activate it, simply press the foot pedal with your left heel. You’ll find the differential lock control positioned just below the 4WD engagement lever.

By utilizing these functionalities, you can ensure that your machine maintains the necessary traction and effectively maneuver through demanding terrains or conditions when the need arises.

How to use the rear hydraulics on a Solis S26 Tractor

When operating specific attachments like the hydraulic offset flail mower from Iron & Earth Equipment with your Solis S26, you’ll need to utilize the rear hydraulic spool valves. The S26 model features a 2-position valve, offering options for extension and retraction.

The rear hydraulic quick couplers are conveniently situated at the back of the machine. To connect a hydraulic coupler, simply insert it firmly into the quick coupler. To detach it, follow these steps:

  1. Power Down Machine; First, power off the machine for safety.
  2. Release the Pressure; Once it’s safe to proceed, shift the hydraulic control lever forward and backwards a few times. This action releases all pressure from the hydraulic lines.
  3. Remove the Couplers; Retract the quick coupler collar on the tractor, then employ a “push and pull” motion to remove the quick coupler from the tractor.

With the attachment securely in place, you can manipulate the DCV (Directional Control Valve) control lever by moving it forward and backward to regulate the hydraulic flow. The specific direction you move the lever will depend on how the attachment is plumbed.

Please bear in mind that when working with hydraulic systems, it is absolutely essential to wear complete PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Mishandling hydraulic oil pressure can pose significant hazards, so it is crucial to take all necessary precautions to ensure safety.

 

Need to Know More?

While we’ve made every effort to provide comprehensive information in this guide, we strongly recommend reviewing the operator manual for your new Solis S26. If you find yourself with any lingering questions or uncertainties, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our approachable team at Iron & Earth Equipment. You can reach us at 01452 452 535.

Remember, there are no foolish questions when it comes to your equipment. Feel free to ask, and our team is here to provide the assistance you need.

A Comprehensive Guide on the Solis H26 Compact Tractor

Introduction

The Solis H26 compact tractor is a versatile workhorse designed to meet the demands of various agricultural and landscaping tasks. Packed with a host of impressive features, this machine offers an exceptional user experience for both novice and experienced operators. In this guide, we’ll explore how to harness the full potential of the Solis H26, focusing on its key features, such as its hydrostatic, 2-pedal, 2-speed transmission with cruise control, as well as its robust 600kg category 1 rear three-point linkage. Whether you’re using the 4-in-1 bucket, mowing lawns, or undertaking a range of other tasks, the Solis H26 is engineered to excel in a variety of applications. Let’s dive in and discover how to make the most of this impressive compact tractor.

 

Safety and Pre-Operation Checklist for Your Solis H26 Compact Tractor

To ensure your safety while operating the Solis H26 Compact tractor, it’s imperative to adhere to PPE (personal protective equipment) guidelines and always engage the seatbelt when using the machine. With that in mind, let’s move on to the essential pre-operation checklist you should complete before getting your Solis H26 into action.

  1. Engine Oil Check: Your first task is to inspect the engine oil level. Locate the engine’s dipstick on the right-hand side under the bonnet, next to the engine oil filter. Ensure the machine is on a flat, level surface, and then remove the dipstick. Verify that the oil level falls between the two lines on the dipstick.
  2. Visual Engine Inspection: While under the bonnet of your Solis H26, conduct a visual examination of the engine compartment. Look for any visible damage or signs of leaks on the components. Additionally, make sure the radiator screen is clear of debris. At the front of the engine, switch the isolator to the ON position if it’s not already on. Close the bonnet securely.
  3. Visual Machine Inspection: As you walk around the machine from the front to the back, closely inspect other components such as the Front Axle, bonnet, and panels. Ensure there are no evident leaks or damages to the machine.
  4. Rear Transmission Oil Check: Given that your Solis HST operates with a hydrostatic transmission, it’s crucial to examine the Rear Hydraulic oil level. This can be done at the rear of the machine by removing the dipstick. After removal, confirm that the hydraulic oil level is either at or just below the maximum level mark and above the minimum oil level mark.
  5. Grease the Machine: It’s essential to keep the tractor well-lubricated for optimal performance. Plan to grease the machine approximately every 10 hours of operation, or after extended periods of inactivity. Consult your operator’s manual for specific grease point locations.

By diligently completing this pre-operation checklist, you’ll be well-prepared and can confidently proceed with your tasks using the Solis H26 Compact tractor, ensuring both your safety and the machine’s optimal performance.

 

Starting the Tractor.

With our pre-checks complete, it’s time to set the Solis H26 in motion. In order to start the engine, ensure that the tractor is in neutral, the parking brake is engaged, and your foot is securely on the brake pedal.

To begin, if it’s not already done, activate the parking brake by lifting the park lever positioned between your legs. Next, transition the machine into neutral mode using the two-speed range controller found on the left-hand side of the operator’s seat. Finally, place your left foot firmly on the brake pedal. You are now poised to start the machine.

Take the ignition key and turn it one notch to the right, allowing 5-10 seconds for the glow plugs to warm up the engine. After this brief pause, turn the ignition key further to the “start” position. The engine will engage, and the machine will come to life.

 

Your Maiden Voyage

Congratulations you have now started your Solis H26 for the first time. The sound of the Mitsubishi 3 cylinder diesel getting ready for work is mesmerising, Wouldn’t you agree?

Now, let’s take the tractor for a spin. With your foot firmly on the brake, it’s time to disengage the parking brake. Reach down to the lever nestled between your legs, gently lift it, and pull the locking collar. The parking brake can now be released, allowing it to snugly nestle against the footwell of the tractor.

To determine your desired speed, make use of the orange range selector conveniently located to the left of your seat. Pushing the lever forward places the machine in Slow Speed, while moving it towards the rear shifts into a faster gear, aptly indicated by the “Rabbit and Turtle” label. Once you’ve chosen your range and removed your left foot from the brake pedal, simply press the forward pedal with your right foot to set the tractor in motion forward and the reverse pedal to gracefully glide backward. It’s as straightforward as that. You are now in the drivers seat, navigating your Solis H26 compact tractor with confidence.

 

Throttle and Accelerator

The Solis H26 features a user-friendly hand throttle positioned on the right-hand side of the steering column. To increase the RPM (Revolutions Per Minute), gently push the hand throttle forward. Conversely, to reduce the RPM, pull it backward.

For typical driving tasks with the Solis H26, maintaining an RPM of around 2200 is recommended. However, when engaging the Power Take-Off (PTO), it’s advisable to operate at approximately 2600 RPM. When using the PTO, it’s essential to ensure that the RPM falls within the range of 2500 to 2700 RPM to guarantee that the PTO functions at the correct rotational speed. You can easily confirm this by noting the yellow line encircling the RPM gauge.

 

Attaching Your Machine to an Implement Using the Three-Point Linkage

To link your machine with an implement using the three-point linkage, follow these steps:

  1. Carefully reverse your machine toward the implement until the rear arms align with the two lower pins on the implement. Once in position, ensure the tractor is in neutral, engage the parking brake, and turn off the machine. Exit the tractor and make your way to the rear.
  2. Focus on the left-hand side (LHS) rear lower link arm. Connect it to the LHS pin of the implement by inserting the link pin on the implement through the hole at the end of the lower link arm. Secure it in place with a clip attached to the lower linkage pin. Repeat this procedure for the other side.
  3. Attend to the top link and attach it to the top pin on the implement. If necessary, adjust the length of the top link by rotating the turnbuckle. Once the top link is appropriately engaged and connected, proceed to link the PTO (Power Take-Off) of the implement to the PTO shaft of the tractor.
  4. Align the splines of the PTO shaft with those of the tractor and depress the locking pins on the PTO shaft. Push it firmly onto the tractor’s PTO shaft. Once it’s fully inserted, slightly retract the PTO shaft until the locking pin engages with the locking collar on the tractor’s PTO shaft. It is recommended to clean and grease the splines of the PTO on the tractor to ensure ease of removal and installation in the future.
  5. Ensure that everything is securely locked in place, and all pins on the linkage are properly secured.

 

By following these steps, you’ll have successfully connected your machine to the implement using the three-point linkage.

 

Using your implement

Now that we’ve covered starting and driving the tractor, as well as attaching the implement, let’s delve into the effective use of your chosen implement. It’s important to note that implements can vary, so we strongly advise reviewing the operator’s manual specific to each implement to become well-versed in its operation. For the purposes of this guide, we’ll use a finishing mower as an example.

Return to the driver’s seat of your new Solis H26 and follow the startup procedure to get the machine running again.

The Solis H26 features a convenient electric clutch for engaging the Rear PTO (Power Take-Off). Begin by increasing the engine revs to approximately 2200 RPM using the hand throttle. After ensuring there are no bystanders near the implement, press and hold the PTO engage switch on the dashboard to the right of the steering column for approximately 3-5 seconds. A dashboard indicator will illuminate, and you’ll hear the mower spring to life. Now, elevate the engine RPM to the recommended 2600 RPM for the mower to reach its full operational speed.

You are now ready to commence your cutting task.

 

Adjusting the Three-Point Linkage’s Height

What good is a three-point linkage if you can’t fine-tune its height, right? This is where the linkage raise and lower control lever becomes essential. Located on the right-hand side of your operator’s seat, you’ll find a black Tee-bar handle that governs the rear linkage’s elevation.

To lower the linkage, simply push this lever towards the front of the machine, and conversely, pull it backward to raise the linkage. In the case of your newly attached finishing mower, you’ll want to lower it to its cutting height, which is positioned to align with the mower’s wheels. Therefore, slide the linkage control lever all the way forward.

As you complete each run, it’s advisable to raise the mower to facilitate your endpoint turn before lowering it again for the next cutting pass. This way, you can maintain precise control over the implement’s height throughout your task.

If you find the linkage is moving to fast or conversely to slow when lowering the implement, this is adjusted using the Rate of Drop knob between your legs. Rotate this knob clockwise to slow the rate of drop for the linkage arms or counter clockwise to speed up the rate of drop. This knob is also conveniently the hitch transport lock, by rotating it completely clockwise the implement will not lower allowing for a locked position to transport the machine.

If you notice one side of the implement sitting lower than the other, you can rectify this by adjusting the vertical turnbuckles located on both the left and right sides of the lower 3-point linkage arms.

If you find that the machine is not level in the fore/aft direction, use the turnbuckle on the top link to make the necessary adjustments. It’s crucial to carry out these adjustments when the implement is resting on the ground and when any weight has been removed from the rear linkage.

Simplifying Your Drive with Cruise Control

Your brand-new H26 Solis tractor offers the convenience of Cruise Control as a standard feature. Operating cruise control is a breeze:

  1. Set Your Speed: Start by using the forward pedal to reach your desired speed.
  2. Engage Cruise Control: Once you’ve attained your preferred speed, simply press the “ON” button for cruise control. You’ll find this button located on the dashboard to the right of the steering column.
  3. Pedal-Free Driving: With cruise control activated, you can now take your foot off the forward pedal, and the machine will steadfastly maintain the chosen speed.
  4. Disengage Cruise Control: To disengage cruise control, you have two options. You can either press the “Off” button designated for cruise control, or simply press the brake pedal.

With cruise control at your disposal, your driving experience becomes even more effortless, allowing you to focus on the task at hand while your Solis H26 takes care of maintaining your selected speed.

 

Navigating Challenging Situations

In most regular circumstances, it’s advisable to operate the machine in two-wheel drive mode. However, when you encounter challenging operating conditions, here’s how to get yourself out of a bind:

  1. Activate Four-Wheel Drive: If you find yourself in tough conditions, you can engage the four-wheel drive by raising the 4WD selector. Locate this selector on the lower left-hand side of the operator’s seat, near the footwell, distinguished by its orange handle.
  2. Enhance Traction with Differential Lock: When you require even more traction, the rear differential is equipped with a differential lock. Activate it by pressing the foot pedal using your left heel. The differential lock control is situated just below the 4WD engagement lever.

By utilizing these features, you can ensure your machine maintains traction and effectively navigates challenging terrain or conditions when necessary.

 

Using your rear hydraulics

When working with certain implements, such as the hydraulic offset flail mower provided by Iron & Earth Equipment, you’ll need to make use of the rear hydraulic spool valves. On the H26, the valve is a 3-position type, offering extend, retract, and float (the full forward detent).

You can locate the hydraulic quick couplers at the rear of the machine. To attach a hydraulic coupler, simply push it firmly into the quick coupler. To detach it, follow these steps:

  1. Turn off the machine.
  2. When it’s safe to do so, move the hydraulic control lever into the float position (the forward detent). This action releases all pressure from the hydraulic lines.
  3. Retract the quick coupler collar on the tractor, and using a “push and pull” motion to remove the quick coupler from the tractor.

Once the implement is securely attached, you can manipulate the DCV (Directional Control Valve) control lever forward and backward to regulate the hydraulic flow. The direction in which you should move the lever depends on how the implement is plumbed.

Please note that when working with hydraulics, it’s essential to wear complete PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Mishandling hydraulic oil pressure can be extremely hazardous, so take all necessary precautions to ensure safety.

 

Ensuring Comfort in Your New Solis H26 HST

The Solis H26 is thoughtfully designed to provide you with a comfortable operator station, making your workdays more enjoyable. Here’s how to adjust and maximize your comfort:

  1. Seat Adjustment: The driver’s seat can be customized to your liking. To move it forward or backward, utilize the lever situated on the lower left-hand side of the operator’s seat. Fine-tune the spring tension of the seat by using the dial positioned at the back’s top. To increase tension, tighten the dial; to decrease it, loosen the dial.
  2. Vertical Height Adjustment: On the back’s lower right-hand side of the seat, you’ll discover the vertical height adjuster for the operator’s seat. Simply turn this to raise or lower the seat to your preferred height.
  3. Armrest Comfort: For added comfort, your Solis H26 is equipped with armrests. You can adjust the inclination of these armrests by using the dials located beneath each armrest.

By making these adjustments, you can ensure that your time spent in the Solis H26 is not only productive but also comfortable, allowing you to work efficiently and with ease.

 

Seeking Further Information

While we’ve made every effort to provide comprehensive information in this guide, we strongly recommend reviewing the operator manual for your new Solis H26. If you find yourself with any lingering questions or uncertainties, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our approachable team at Iron & Earth Equipment. You can reach us at 01452 452 535.

Remember, there are no foolish questions when it comes to your equipment. Feel free to ask, and our team is here to provide the assistance you need.