The manoeuvrable and powerful helper on the farm convinces its end users, even decades after its initial presentation. From the first prototypes that were conceived of as simpler three-wheel loaders, a small, articulated joint wheeled loader came of age in 1972, which its developer gave the modern name “Hoftrac®”. With the start of production in 1974, the “Perfect 130” then became the cornerstone of a true success story in agricultural machinery: While the sales numbers for tractors were clearly declining during this time, the Hoftrac opened an entirely new market segment for Weidemann and its dealers and, as a result, the entire agricultural industry.
The success story of this universal machine tells of inventive genius and the tireless will to always go with the times and the changing requirements. In the Weidemann history, the Hoftrac was the jump start for dynamic growth. The small agricultural equipment business in Hessian Diemelsee Flechtdorf became Central Europe's leading manufacturer of Hoftracs, wheeled loaders and telehandlers for agriculture, the equine industry, the forestry and timber industry, municipalities, nurseries, industry and biogas plants.
The history of the Hoftrac begins in 1972 in Diemelsee-Flechtdorf with the development of the first original prototype. At the time still conceived as a simple three-wheeled loader, a machine was soon to be developed that has shaped the course of events in the agricultural industry.
With the start of production of the “Perfect 130”, the cornerstone is laid for a true success story in agricultural engineering. The original from Weidemann becomes commercially successful on farms and takes over the heavy manual labour.
Weidemann launches the successful 02-series on the market and comes up with an innovation: As the first Hoftrac, the top model 1902 has a hydrostatic all-wheel drive. The driver's seat of the 02-series can be folded down backwards, which already then ensured good accessibility to the engine compartment.
The powerful 900-series consisted of 9 different base models and was built for a total of 13 years. The 916 and 917 become the best-selling Hoftracs within a very short period of time. Many of these machines are still in daily use today.
The first Hoftrac with a fully enclosed cab increases the operator's comfort with the 1002 D/P model and is quickly used in the municipal area, especially in winter service.
The first 1000-series follows the 900-series. In the year 1995, the 25,000th Weidemann machine is already built.
With the 11-series, 12-series and 13-series, Weidemann follows success with success and continues to develop the models. With the 12-series, a machine generation is developed for the first time where the driver's cabin can be laterally tilted. This makes all service points of the machine quickly and easily accessible.
With the 1240 LP, the first articulated joint Hoftrac with a canopy and an overall height below 1.90 metres is manufactured.
In November of 2005, the CX series designation is introduced at Weidemann. The machines of the CX series are presented at Agritechnica 2005 for the first time. In addition to the new design, the machines are most notably characterised by extensive standard equipment.
Since 2009, it has no longer been allowed to deliver any farm loaders with a roll bar, since the new machine directive, in addition to the existing roll over protective structure, also provides for protection against falling objects. As a standard, all Hoftracs at Weidemann from the 11 to the 17 series have been outfitted with a permanently attached canopy since then. To be able to still pass through low overhead clearances of less than 2 metres, however, Weidemann optionally offers a canopy that can be folded down with a few simple steps - the so-called eps (Easy Protection System). Passing through overhead clearance heights is no longer a problem with the eps. Learn more about eps here »
Hoftrac turns 40! To mark the 40th anniversary of the Hoftrac, Weidemann looked for the oldest functioning machine in a competition. As the main prize, the old Hoftrac could be exchanged for a brand new 1140. The Wittmer family won with their WSTS 130 FD from 1974. The award ceremony took place in the summer of 2012 at the open house day in the Korbach production plant.
It’s not a multitude of models that decides which problem solutions are optimal, but rather the individual machine equipment for each area of use. Our four Hoftrac base models and an LP model replace the previous type variety and offer the customer low-cost entry level machines. The customer has the opportunity to select options tailored to meet his needs and thus compile his own custom Hoftrac, which corresponds to the job definition and operational requirements. And the best thing about the new Hoftrac® concept: The customer only pays for the selected machine configuration, i.e. only for what he really needs.
The 90th birthday of its successful agricultural machinery journal Agrartechnik was celebrated by the dlv German Landwirtschaftsverlag in 2011 and 2013 with a grand retrospective of the tour de force of agricultural machinery. In both years, twelve manufacturers whose technical achievements had a decisively beneficial impact on agriculture were presented in accordance with the motto “Milestones of Agricultural Machinery”. The Weidemann Hoftrac was one of these milestones that over 40 years has veritably written history for agricultural machinery.
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Weidemann presents its first Hoftrac with 100% electric drive at Agritechica 2013. In 2014, the innovative machine is ready for marketing – the launch of sales is EuroTier 2014.
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In addition to the Hoftrac models, the Weidemann portfolio of course today also includes larger wheeled loaders, telescopic wheeled loaders and classic telehandlers. As of today, more than 75,000 red “Weidemen” have been produced.