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TL5 Acessivel: If You Build It, They Can Farm
New Holland Agriculture has introduced the TL5 Acessivel, a farm tractor designed for people with lower-limb disabilities.
In an Aug. 16 news release, the company said the new tractor — whose name means “accessible” in Brazilian Portuguese — will support farmers with disabilities who want to work independently.
Eduardo Kerbauy, VP of New Holland Agriculture for Latin America, said in the news release, “People with disabilities, including those who live and work in the countryside, want autonomy so they can carry out their activities independently. This is the main premise of inclusion. As a full-liner brand, whose portfolio meets the needs of small, medium and large producers, New Holland is further expanding its product range with the launch of the accessible tractor. It will help eliminate barriers that today make it impossible for many farmers to get on a machine.”
The TL5 Acessivel, built in Brazil, features an elevator platform to lift users to the driver’s seat. Brake, clutch, and accelerator are controlled by hand. New Holland describes the tractor as having “dual functionality,” meaning that it can also be operated by those without disabilities.