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.

 


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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 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.