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It’s got everything going for it – character, a gutsy engine, an unusual but well-loved cab and most of all legendary reliability.
But that means that it’s already a classic. What we’re after are tractors built in the past 10 years that will become future classics.
I have had a good hard think about the tractors I’ve driven – not just tested – and tried to nominate a machine that will be looked upon as a rugged, reliable performer.
For me the tractor that makes the grade is the Case MX 150 or, in its current guise, McCormick’s MTX 150. But I believe MX-series tractors had one over-riding feature that makes them worthy of such a title – simplicity.
Whether deliberate or not, Case engineers at the time developed a true no-frills machine.
A four-speed mechanical gearbox with four powershift splits lay at the centre of this and this, coupled with what could still stand as the best shuttle in the business, made for a really easy time for the operator.
Admittedly, the cab isn’t finished particularly well and the constant whine from the hydraulic pump means MX drivers often wish for a set of ear-defenders.
But with a big six-pot Cummins power-plant renowned for its lugging ability, people spotted that the MX offered value for money.
Consequently, thousands were sold and they now make a popular second-hand buy.