19 May 1995

US-French hybrid tractor makes its debut on UKsoil

By Andrew Faulkner

THE first John Deere-powered, Renault Ceres tractors made the trip across the English Channel at the beginning of last week.

Badged Ceres Generation 2, the mid-range tractors are the first results of a co-operative deal signed between the two companies in early 1994 (Machinery, Jan 21, 1994).

Deere Power Systems (DPS) supplies engines for Renaults Ceres tractors, while the French firm builds John Deeres 55-85hp 3000-series models. Deeres green-liveried tractors have also made their UK debut within the past month.

In addition to boosting maximum torque and torque back-up, use of DPS engines has allowed Renault to make a number of design changes to its Ceres models: The engine is now stopped by the ignition key; hydraulic flowrate is boosted to 52 litres/min; and an under-bonnet silencer enables the fitting of a slim exhaust pipe.

Other specification changes on the Generation 2 tractors include colour-coded hand controls in the cabin, a 25amp external power socket, specific hydraulic connection for loader work and a larger capacity toolbox.

A 1000rpm front pto is also now offered as an option.


ModelEnginePrice (4wd)

Ceres 653-cyl, 55hp£23,108

Ceres 754-cyl, 65hp£23,772

Ceres 854-cyl, 75hp£26,035*

Ceres 95 4-cyl, 85hp£27,748*

* Higher spec "X" and fixed spec "Tracfor" models also available.