Tractors: big and small
Big or small, today's tractors are packed with features to handle myriad chores. While some jobs require a bit more power under the hood, others are easily handled with a smaller machine.
JCB 3230 Xtra
If you want a machine with higher horsepower and a wide range of features, JCB's latest introduction – the Fastrac 3230 Xtra – might be worth a look.
By increasing the engine torque by up to 22%, it gives this machine more pulling power for heavy fieldwork applications. The user-selectable power boost feature, which is standard, lets you choose between power and economy modes. When it's active, it boosts the 3230 Xtra up to 270 hp. in the top two gears.
This tractor comes equipped with the 24-speed P-TRONIC powershift transmission. In each of the four ranges, you can move the joystick for clutchless gear and range changes between the six gears. When the machine is in drive, the tractors shifts automatically.
Another standard feature is the Xtra-Drive, which lets you drive the machine by using the brake pedal. The clutch pedal does override Xtra-Drive when hooking up to implements, however, so inching capabilities are accessible when needed the most.
Inside the cab, you'll notice that the same armrest featured in the 7000 and 8000 Series tractors is now a part of the 3230. This armrest places all the tractor's functions at your fingertips.
Also mounted on the armrest is the variable-flow hydraulics with color-coded precision spool. This load-sensing system has flow rates as high as 37 gpm. The spool works through the programmed joystick button or a headland management option.
Suggested retail price is $184,000. To find out more, visit www.jcb.com.
Massey ferguson 1526
If a smaller tractor is more in line with what you need, the 1526 from Massey Ferguson has the versatility and features that may be just right for your farm.
“The 1526 is an all-around machine that offers power and torque to handle loader and grading or tilling projects with ease. The convenient size and its agility make it a great tractor for jobs such as mowing with a belly mower,” says Neal Generose, product marketing manager, compact and utility tractors.
The power behind this 25-hp. tractor is a Tier 4 interim emission-compliant Iseki three-cylinder, liquid-cooled diesel engine.
The electro-hydraulic independent rear PTO engages smoothly and lets you manage PTO speed and ground speed separately.
Forward and reverse operations are second nature with the three-range hydrostatic transmission that has a separate forward and reverse right-side foot pedal.
Comfort was the driving force behind the design of this machine. For example, the semi-flat iso-mounted platform puts rubber bushings between the platform and the frame to absorb vibration, which makes for a smoother ride and quieter machine. The molded rubber floor mat gives you traction while further reducing vibration. The easy-to-read instrument panel keeps you in tune with machine performance.