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 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.