Tractor makers large and small were busy touting their latest models at this year’s Sima show in Paris.
But with the top dogs keeping their biggest news under wraps until Germany’s Agritechnica show in November, some of the lesser-known names were given a chance to shine.
Here’s our pick of some of the most noteworthy machines:
Conventional tractors don’t get any bigger than Fendt’s towering 1000-series, which was unveiled to the public at the show.
The four-model range covers the 380-500hp bracket and will compete with heavy hitters like Claas’ equal-wheeled Xerion and prairie monsters like the Quadtrac.
It uses a 12.4-litre MAN engine, rather than the Deutz-sourced powerplants on the smaller Fendt tractors, and drives through the firm’s time-proven stepless Vario transmission.
If you’re after one then you’ll have to wait until the start of next year before you can put in an order and deliveries won’t be until summer 2016. No prices have been announced, but we reckon they’ll be hovering around the £300,000 mark.
Lindner Geotrac 84 Pro
If you’re a livestock farmer looking for the Rolls Royce of the small tractor world then Lindner’s latest model might well fit the bill.
Coming in at €60,000, the new 95hp Geotrac will be popular in Austria, Germany and Switzerland where the company already shifts about 1,500 tractors a year. That’s small fry compared with some of the mainstream manufacturers (John Deere sells about 4,000 units in the UK alone) but, despite the top-end prices, the quirky Austrian brand remains popular among livestock farmers.
Though the badge might not be familiar, the internals are a mishmash of household names including a 16-speed ZF transmission and Bosch-Rexroth hydraulics.
It’s also one of the few tractor manufacturers to still use a Perkins engine. For the Geotrac 84 Pro it’s a four-cylinder, 3.4-litre block, but the Austrians pick Perkins powerplants all the way up to their flagship 150hp machines.
Believe it or not, Belarus is up there with John Deere and New Holland as one of the biggest tractor builders in the world.
Its rudimentary workhorses might be a rare sight on the UK’s fair shores, but the company has a strong foothold in less developed countries across South America, Africa, Asia and eastern Europe, where buyers lap up the somewhat crude simplicity of the Minsk-made machines.
However, it launched a new range of tractors at Sima that take the company to a previously uncharted level of sophistication.
Its 2122.6, for instance, has AdBlue to deal with emissions from the turbocharged, 7.1-litre six-pot under the Belarusian’s bonnet. The 200hp engine and 16-speed transmission are both made in-house, and there aren’t too many manufacturers that could offer that sort of package for a list price of €70,000.
You also get a front linkage and pto as part of the lavish standard package. Most of the controls are electrohydraulic and, although the cab lacks a bit of finesse, it’s pretty well sorted.
Case IH Puma
Updated Pumas cover the 150-240hp sector and get a few minor tweaks to the tinwork. There’s also the option of a higher-spec headland management system that allows programming as well as recording of a sequence. Buyers will have the choice of three transmissions – semi-powershift, full powershift or CVT.
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Massey Ferguson 7700
Punters at January’s Lamma show were lucky enough to get a sneak preview of Massey Ferguson’s 7700-series tractors, but the new range got its official launch at Sima.
The 7700-series tractors replace the outgoing 7600 range and the main change is under the bonnet. Now power is provided by either a 6.6-litre or 7.4-litre Sisu engine which churn out between 185hp and 255hp depending on which of the five models you pick.
Those figures include boost, which kicks in when the pto is running or it’s travelling at higher speeds on the road. The engines also meet Tier 4 final emissions.
The 170hp 7719 is the smallest in the range and there are also 7720, 7722 and 7724 models before you get to the 240hp 7726.
There are two transmission options available whichever model you pick – the Dyna-6 with four ranges and six powershifts, and the stepless Dyna-VT.
Other updates include the option of three more spool valves, a bigger screen in the dashboard and uprated front suspension.
You don’t get much for £9,000 these days. A used two-wheel drive Dacia Duster might just squeeze within that budget… Or how about a 50hp Dong Feng tractor?
If you’re not the sort to worry about badge snobbery then this Chinese-made tractor is a snip. As you might expect, it has the sort of mechanicals any spanner-wielding amateur could get his head round.
You can’t go too far wrong with a bog-basic, direct-injection four-pot built by Changchai – a big name in engine building in the Far East. There are bigger tractors in the range, but their engines don’t currently meet the EU’s emissions standards.
In the downstairs department there’s a 16-speeder with a mechanical shuttle and all the tractors are four-wheel drive. You can also have a loader on the front, which is part of the £9,000 package.
The tractors get a lick of blue paint for the UK market, where Somerset firm Cowling Agriculture sells them with a Landlegend badge.
New Holland T7
Buyers sniffing out a 200hp tractor will have a couple of newish tractors to consider, with Case IH and New Holland revealing the updated Puma and T7 models respectively.
New Holland’s reshuffle has seen the smallest of the short wheelbase T7s ditched and replaced by the T7.225 – the biggest of that particular group. It’s the same story with the long wheelbase versions, which now top out with the T7.270.
Other changes include a new bonnet, LED worklights and some expensive-sounding seat options. The mid-range seat adds about €1,000 (£740) to the final bill, while the top speccer (which we can only imagine is a bona fide armchair) will cost an extra €3,300 (£2,500).
New Holland was also showing a new tractor bumper. The imaginatively named “Bumpy” is made of plastic and is designed to protect cars from head-on collisions with the tractor.
The bumper itself costs €3,300 (£2,500), but you can also mount a 600kg or 900kg weight underneath.
Claas Arion Panoramic cab
Farmers in the market for a Claas Arion 400 now have the option of a new cab roof that gives a better view of the loader.
The Panoramic option has no metal bars between the windscreen and the roof light meaning the driver should never lose sight of attachments as the loader lifts through its arc.
That should put an end to some of the painful neck-craning and peering usually experienced in a loader tractor.
The Panoramic option adds an extra €1,000 (£740) to the price of a new machine.
Fancy a Deutz-Fahr 7-series, but don’t like green? Well help is at hand – you can now have one in black.
As well as the glossy paintwork, opting for the special-edition Warrior package gets you a chrome exhaust heat shield, a half leather seat and LED work lights.
It’s only available on the 7250TTV, but the good news is that it doesn’t add a penny to the price tag.
The award for the most patient group of people in Paris has to go to the team that crafted this John Deere engine out of Lego.
Together the eight-strong group clocked a total of 8,000 hours painstakingly recreating the 9.0-litre engine 8000-series tractor engine.
A total of 125,000 standard Lego blocks were used and every component was built according to Deere’s original engineering drawings.