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How to patch up farm pickups with second-hand spare parts

Farm pickups are subject to a notoriously rough and loveless life, but patching them up with second-hand spares can push them a few years beyond their sell-by date without costing…

ROAD LEGAL

Converting 4x4s to red diesel – how to stay road legal

Land Rovers and pickups are an indispensable part of all farm businesses and if you’re using them for specific tasks then it might pay to convert them to full agricultural…

MACHINERY

Pickup buyers guide 2017

Ask your granddad about the farm vehicle he had as a youngster and you can almost guarantee it was a Land Rover Defender of some form. They were the staple,…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

14 top retrofit kit options for farm pickups

If you have just splashed out on a new pickup truck you could soon find yourself sifting through the endless lists of accessories to get it just the way you…

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WORKSHOP SKILLS

Farmer-spec Suzuki Jimny challenges UTV domination

The UTV is a Marmite subject. Most farmers have one, but actually don’t enjoy owning or driving it. They tend to be expensive to buy, loud to drive and can…

MACHINERY

Latest Jeep 4x4 battles BMW

There's oodles of choice on the 4x4 market for deep-pocketed buyers. Oliver Mark compares two big-boned candidates that should make most shortlists. Battle-hardened Jeep has an off-road heritage harking back…

MACHINERY

Mitsubishi Outlander on test

Head out on any British motorway or A-road and you're bound to see plenty of Outlanders. Some of them will be in Mitsubishi livery while others are rebadged as Citroen…

MACHINERY

VIDEO: Pickup test – nippy and flashy

The European full-size pickup market has been very stable for years, with five companies (Ford, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota) accounting for the bulk of sales. So it must have come…

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Case studies

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Farmer-spec Suzuki Jimny challenges UTV domination

The UTV is a Marmite subject. Most farmers have one, but actually don’t enjoy owning or driving it. They tend to be expensive to buy, loud to drive and can…

MACHINERY

High-hour Horsepower: Land Rover Discovery on 540,000 miles

After featuring a succession of high-mileage Japanese 4x4s, we’ve been presented with a slightly surprising new chart topper – a 1990s Land Rover Discovery. To anyone who’s owned one of…

MACHINERY

High-hour Horsepower: Toyota Land Cruiser hits 484,000 miles

Our quest to find the highest-mileage 4x4 on the road has unearthed an Irish Toyota Land Cruiser on a weighty 484,000 miles. James Andrews finds out what sort of shape…

MACHINERY

Custom-built Zuki Ute is warmer ATV alternative

Farm buggies are great in many ways, but their weighty price tags, basic rattly cabins and potentially high maintenance costs mean they’re not everyone’s cup of tea. Sifting through Farmers Weekly’s…

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Insights

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Machinery Milestones: Land Rover celebrates 70 years

This spring’s blizzards, sub-zero temperatures and flooding delayed sowing for a month and meant animals were kept under cover instead of grazing on the fields. But as we moan about…

MACHINERY

A nostalgic drive in the retiring Land Rover Defender

Rival 4x4s have come and gone, but until now the Land Rover has been the only choice for thousands of farmers up and down the country. As the sun sets…

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News

MACHINERY

Derbyshire firm builds 450hp USA muscle pickup lookalike

Fans of Ford’s 450hp Raptor will no doubt be disappointed that this all-American bruiser of a pickup will never go on sale this side of the Atlantic. But thanks to…

MACHINERY

Mitsubishi unveils special edition L200 Barbarian pickup

Mitsubishi has unveiled a garish special edition of its L200 pickup that will be produced by its Special Vehicle Projects (SVP) division. Only 250 of the special edition Barbarian SVP…

MACHINERY

Subaru ceases production of diesel-powered engines

Japanese giant Subaru is the latest car manufacturer to announce that it won’t be making any more diesel-powered engines, with current UK stock levels forecast to last only until the…

MACHINERY

Ssangyong Musso gets classy new look

Coming in at under £19,000 for a top-specer, the previous Musso has languished near the bottom of the pickup pile for some time. But that may be about to change,…

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Test and reviews

MACHINERY

On test: Volvo V90 Cross Country Pro D5

While the bulbous SUV has been dominating the UK’s road network, its svelte, understated cousin – the all-wheel-drive estate – has quietly taken a back seat. But after several years…

MACHINERY

On test: Audi A6 Allroad

While the bulbous SUV has been dominating the UK’s road network, its svelte, understated cousin – the all-wheel-drive estate – has quietly taken a back seat. But after several years…

MACHINERY

On test: Mercedes E350d 4Matic All Terrain

While the bulbous SUV has been dominating the UK’s road network, its svelte, understated cousin – the all-wheel-drive estate – has quietly taken a back seat. But after several years…

MACHINERY

On test: Subaru's new XV 4x4

You’d be forgiven for approaching the Subaru XV with a degree of cynicism. After all, virtually every car manufacturer produces a compact crossover these days, and the closest most will…

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Video

MACHINERY

Video: Land Rover Discovery v Ford Ranger

Farm pickups are more comfortable, powerful and spacious than ever before, so could they be about to knock the king – the Land Rover Discovery – off its throne? Watch…

MACHINERY

Video: MINI Countryman review

MINI has forged a reputation for nippy city cars over the years, but how would its first stab at a 4wd version fare? Oliver Mark took it for a spin. …

MACHINERY

Video: Isuzu D-Max review

  More comfort in the front and more space in the back will appeal to farmers with a lot of lugging to do. A more car-like ride is good news,…

MACHINERY

Video: Suzuki Jimny keeps it simple

A banging headache, sore back, achy legs, ringing ears. No, it wasn't the by-product of my annual stint cleaning the farm grainstore - it was the result of a nine-hour…

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