The focus at the Livestock Event was clearly on small tractors that can be hitched up to a scraper, feeder wagon or straw blower. We took a look round the stands.
Case Farmall A
Case dealer Startin Tractors had two very different versions of the Farmall A on display.
The smaller 55 model is very much destined for scraper duties with an 8Fx8R box and mechanical shuttle.
It has a diddy 2.2-litre four-pot engine which, as the number on the side of the bonnet suggests, is rated to 55hp.
It has an old-school, open-centre hydraulic system which can be uprated from 20 litres/min to 40 litres/min, allowing the tractor to lift 1.5t.
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In contrast, the Farmall 115 A will lift 3.5t and can churn out oil at 63 litres/min when it is ordered with the optional high-flow pump – a must if you want to fit a loader.
It has a bigger 3.4-litre four-cylinder motor, which is rated to 114hp and runs through a 12Fx12R transmission with the option of a clutch-less power shuttle.
Given the differences in spec, there is a fairly significant gap in pricing too.
A two-wheel drive 55 with rollbar in its most basic form will retail for about £16,000 while the air-con cabbed, four-wheel drive 115 with Quicke Q41 loader on show at the event was on offer from Startin for £36,000.
Like the two Farmalls, Valtra’s smallest A-series models are built in Turkey.
They use a version of the 3.3-litre three-cylinder Sisu engine found in a number of Agco products and pump out either 53hp or 73hp.
Transmission options extend to one – a three-range, four-speed, 12Fx12R manual box with mechanical shuttle.
Hydraulic output stretches to 43 litres/min and they will lift 2.9t. Price for an A73 with cab is £21,000 and the open-top version knocks that back to £17,000.
Massey Ferguson 4700-series
Massey Ferguson had a whole heap of different options for the stockman on its stand.
Its 1700-series line-up is built in Japan by Iseki and there are two models – three-cyliner, 38hp or four-cyliner, 46hp, both of which are four-wheel drive and can be ordered with either a 12Fx12R mechanical gearbox or a hydrostatic transmission.
Stick-shift versions come with just a rollbar, while the hydro model gets an air-con cab. They are priced accordingly – a bog-basic 1740 costs £13,500 while the top-end version is closer to £20,000.
For those looking for a bit more muscle, Massey’s 4700-series is the first of Agco’s global common-platform tractors to go on sale.
It is being built at a number of different factories round the world and the cabless one that ends up in the UK comes from China.
A cabbed version will be built at Beauvais in France.
Like the Turkish Valtra, it uses a Finnish-designed Sisu three-pot to provide either 85hp or 95hp.
A 12Fx12R box comes with both mechanical and power shuttles as well as the option of either two-wheel or four-wheel drive.
They will lift 3t thanks to a 65-litre/min pump and the linkage controls are an all-electronic set-up.
The list price for the four-wheel drive 85hp 4708 on display at the show is £23,000.
Ninety percent of Tafe tractors that arrive in the UK end up on a yard scraper, according to Dorset-based importer Tractors UK.
Made in a Massey Ferguson assembly plant in India, the tractors share much of their design with 1970s and 80s MFs.
There are 37hp, 47hp and 60hp variants, the biggest turboed model with the option of four-wheel drive.
An 8Fx2R mechanical box is standard, max linkage lift is 1.45t and pump capacity is 15 litres/min.
A UK-built cabin is an option but only 10% of Tafes sold get one, as it adds £3,500 to the £11,900 list price of a two-wheel drive 47hp 45DI model.