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Dosent matter haw maney K it can do but if you are driving faster than 20MPH then you need airbrakes on the tractor. you can drive aney tractor so long as it is no more than 2.4m wide. so for an exampal you could drive a JD6920 with the axals set to 2.4m and youd be legal. Jus check that the 2.4m is for the inside width of the tyers or the outside as i cant remember but i darsay somone on here will.
The 2.45m width is for the overall width of the tractor, including mudguards, steps, mirrors and anything else which may stick out.
You can pull a small trailer which is no wider than 2.45m, and has either one axle or two, as long as the centres of the axles are no further that 1.3m apart. This probably means any silage or grain trailer over about eight tonnes will be too big.
I’m not sure about speed, the rules were drawn up when most tractors struggled to reach 15mph, so there are probably no restrictions.
The boss got stoped last year with 180 feet worth of tralers i have apsalotley no idea haw he was going roundcorners or junctions. But he had ALL the dragline eqipment hooked together all the house reals the booster pumps and a manure pump as well as the tractor. i think he had to stop and unhook it all about a mile from the farm so he could unhook singal implaments so he could get into the lanway.
It’s quite a while since i did my tractor test as a kid but i remember it had to be under 100hp……I remember this because i turned up with a TW25 and the guy laughed and asked are you taking the P!$$ ..Sent me home so ended up doing it with the 7610 which was a rush job to wash it /unhitch it from the sprayer and replace many bulbs to make it legal……..HaHa…?
I did my tractor test, but this rule really wants looking at.
Why should a 16 year old be allowed to potentialy take 15 tonnes or more of tractor and trailer on the road at 30 mph when the only other thing he/she can legaly drive is a 49cc scooter that would struggle to out run a new tractor?
Most people start off on trailer work using vehicles that weigh more than you can legaly drive on a full car license and with minimal training and probaly mininal maintainance too. On our congested roads that is asking for trouble.
yea well the laws messed up in loads of places, but who cares…[:P]
i mean i’d say driving a tractor, especially with a large implement on, requires more skill than driving a car, how ever 16 year olds are allow to turn up at a test, do half an hour of basic driving, covering less than a mile, with no traffic around and get a license; where as too drive a car you have to do theory and then a practicle and drive ‘properly’.
and combines and sprayers are agricultural vehicles, so covered by a tractor license or a car license, although technically you can’t drive an agricultural vehicle on a tractor licence that is more then 2.45 metres wide. so that basiclly rules out combines until you have a car license.
I’m not sure if I should bring this up really, but actually combines, self propelled foragers, beet harvesters, anything of that type are not covered by a tractor licence. These things are specialist heavy equipment rather than tractors, and require a different category for road driving.
Sprayers obviously require the relevent training to operate, but as for road driving it would depend on whether they are self propelled or tractor mounted.