Tractor Buyers' Guide

Published online: Jan 14, 2019 New Products, Potato Equipment
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This buyers' guide appears in the January 2019 issue of Potato Grower

There is perhaps nothing that more quintessentially says “American farm” quite like a tractor. Any farmer worth his—or her—salt remembers the first tractor he learned to drive, and nothing stirs the imagination of that same farmer quite like the prospect of climbing up into the cab, smugly surveying his dominion, and firing up a shiny, new giant of a machine.

Here’s your chance to get a glimpse of some of those enormous mechanical beauties that chug along through every grower’s daydreams.

AGCO Corporation

(877) 525-4384

Fendt High-horsepower Tractors

For more than 90 years, Fendt has combined craftsmanship with engineering, delivering innovative, high-quality, reliable farm equipment designed for in-field efficiency and ease of use.

Fendt’s lineup of high-horsepower tractors exemplifies this tradition and offers five series to meet the needs of all types of operations, whether tackling daily livestock chores, planting, doing deep tillage, or moving heavy loads. Choose from the agile, compact 500 Vario (125 to 165 horsepower); the 700 Vario (145 to 240 horsepower); the 800 Vario (220 to 280 horsepower); the 900 Vario (270 to 360 horsepower); or the powerful yet fuel-efficient 1000 Vario (396 to 517 horsepower), which is designed for the heaviest draft work, yet compact, agile and versatile enough for optimum performance on the road.

Each model is equipped with the latest engine technology that offers steady power, more torque and improved fuel efficiency. The comfort design of Fendt cabs and operator controls make long hours in the tractor less taxing and more efficient for the operator. Other productivity-boosting options include front three-point hitch, front PTO, self-leveling front axle suspension, Fendt Reaction steering system, shock load stabilizing, cab suspension, Cargo Profi front end loader and automatic steering axle lock. High-flow hydraulic systems ensure there is always enough power to meet the demands of any implement.

Case IH

(877) 422-7344

Magnum Series Tractors

For model year 2019, Case IH continues to focus on boosting productivity and performance of both the Magnum wheeled and Magnum Rowtrac tractors. All 2019 Magnum tractors include a three-year, 2,000-hour factory warranty. The new program helps manage cost of ownership and provides peace of mind.

All Magnum tractors come with factory-fit telematics and a one-year advanced subscription to Case IH Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) Connect. AFS Connect is the control center for all tractor-to-cloud-based information transfer and management.

Magnum Rowtrac tractors offer producers a way to address the challenges of traction-limited soils and adverse planting and tillage conditions, all while maintaining the best agronomics possible. For 2019, a new 21-inch track option has been added to maximize flotation and minimize plant root zone interference, especially in crops planted on beds with 38- and 36-inch row spacing. All 2019 Magnum tractors are fit with track options that allow a maximum travel speed of 25 miles per hour for all track widths.

Farmtrac Tractors Europe

+48 89 7433715

New Escorts Tractor Series

Farmtrac’s New Escorts Tractor Series (NETS) ranges from 20 to 110 horsepower. The new products are performance-inspired. with advanced technology features. The latest addition sto the NETS include compact, utility, narrow, CRDi and higher-horsepower ranges.

The compact tractors range from 20 to 35 horsepower; utility from 30 to 75 horsepower; narrow from 60 to 90 horsepower; and higher segment tractors from 80 to 110 horsepower. Compact tractors cater to orchards and hobby farmers; utility segment for both agricultural and commercial chores; narrow for orchards and vineyards; and higher-horsepower tractors are suited to work in the commercial applications. 

Kubota Tractor Corporation

(888) 4-KUBOTA, Ext. 900

M7 Series

Kubota’s M7 Series includes three mid-range tractors in the 130- to 170-horsepower range, the highest horsepower offering in Kubota’s tractor lineup to date. The M7 Series includes three workhorse models: the M7-131, M7-151 and M7-171, each featuring powerful performance, easy operation, technological advances, sophisticated styling, and best-in-class base weight, making it a top choice for row crop, commercial livestock and hay market customers.

Bringing efficient precision farming to market in an operator-friendly way, the M7 Series is designed with an ISOBUS management system with auto guidance and an easy-to-use touch screen performance monitor.

New Holland Agriculture

T7 Long Wheel Base Series

New Holland Agriculture introduces a major upgrade to the T7 Long Wheel Base (LWB) range in the shape of a new suspended front axle. The combination of new axle geometry, low-friction hub bearings and a new hydraulic steering unit delivers superb feedback and control to the driver. The self-centering characteristic designed into the axle reduces steering corrections to a minimum, especially at high speed.

The tractor’s front suspension has also undergone a major update. To provide improved performance over the wide variation of front axle loads encountered on a tractor, a new control valve with dual accumulators has been added.

The T7 LWB utilizes a suspension concept known as Skyhook. This active system aims to keep the tractor in a level condition regardless of external forces. Such as an implement being raised or lowered, or the tractor braking or accelerating, actions where weight can be transferred on and off the front axle causing instability. The upgraded T7 goes as far as weighing the rear implement to determine how stiff to make the suspension to reduce the risk of excessive suspension travel at high speed. This advanced control results in a very stable vehicle.


Wheelman Autosteering System

AgJunction, the Autosteering Company, introduces Wheelman, a new way for farmers to automatically and accurately steer farm equipment at a price that pays back in just one season for farmers working as few as 250 acres.

With precision agriculture, commodity crops can be farmed profitably. Precision agriculture starts with automatically and accurately steering farm equipment to prevent overlap, reduce input, labor, and equipment costs, and increase yields. The USDA estimates that autosteering alone saves farmers $15 per acre each year, but because of cost and complexity, this technology has been out of reach for most farms smaller than 1,000 acres, until now. 

Wheelman delivers a complete, do-it-yourself autosteering system with a simple design that any grower can order online and install in less than an hour on most equipment. Wheelman is powered by AgJunction’s proprietary Whirl software, which makes it easy to automatically and accurately steer a tractor and inform growers about their farming efficiency. 


(866) 327-6733

X6 VT-Drive Series

The X6 VT-Drive series is a new offering from McCormick in the midrange horsepower segment. Built on the successful platform of the X6 Premium models with power shift transmission, the new X6 VT-Drive retains the same cab features, front axle and hydraulic system while enhancing overall performance with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and cutting-edge technology. CVT allows the engine and transmission to work together to deliver the right engine power and ground speed to efficiently do any job.

The transmission is controlled using the EazyPilot control handle integrated into the right side seat armrest. This solution makes X6 VT-Drive tractors simple and convenient to use across a variety of applications. Equipped with PowerPlus to generate additional power and torque, the BetaPower 4.5-liter engine can deliver up to 133 horsepower.  

John Deere

9RX Series Tractors     

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John Deere’s four four-track 9RX tractor models—which range from 470 to 620 engine horsepower—feature a large, robust undercarriage and track system engineered to provide superior power, durability and improved ride quality, especially when handling large implements in the field.

The 9RX feature a superior undercarriage with a positive-drive track system that effectively delivers power to the ground, ideal for heavy draft applications such as cultivating, plowing, disking and ripping, and large-scale seeding applications.

The 9470RX and 9520RX tractors are powered by 13.5-liter John Deere PowerTech PSS engines (CIS/UKR release: Stage II engines). The 9570RX and 9620RX utilize 15.0-liter Cummins QSX engines. Featuring cooled exhaust gas recirculation, enhanced turbo charger technology, diesel particulate filter and selective catalytic reduction technology, both engine makes are compliant with Stage IV/Final Tier 4 emission regulations and provide the torque and power to handle the toughest field conditions.

Kioti Tractor

(877) GO-KIOTI 

(877) 465-4684

PX Series

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With increased engine power, lifting capacity and comfort, the PX Series combines modern design and robust functionality into one powerful workhorse. The three PX models offer operators more gross engine power yielding 93, 103 and 110 horsepower, Tier 4 compliant diesel engines.

A synchronized power shuttle transmission provides smooth shuttle operation, allowing the operator to perform loader work without pressing the clutch pedal. In addition, the new models offer a lift capacity of more than 8,000 pounds, PTO horsepower from 79.1 to 92.2, and interchangeable PTO shafts delivering 540 and 1,000 rpm. The enhanced PX Series comes standard with dual remote hydraulic valves to accommodate a wide variety of attachments and implements, including the Kioti KL1153 front loader.

Building on the company’s history of innovation, Kioti has recently expanded its offerings by introducing new models to the CK10SE and PX Series, as well as expanding its agricultural and landscaping implement offering to include more than 275 high-quality implements and accessories to its dealer and customer network across North America.

Mahindra USA, Inc.

(877) 449-7771

mFORCE 105 Series

The mFORCE 105 is a heavy-duty, full-size utility tractor that won’t back down. This high-horsepower machine offers unbeatable utility and strength, without the heavy price tag that generally comes with it. Available with an expansive collection of compatible attachments and implements, the mFORCE 105 combines power and versatility, making it an all-around contender for any host of applications.

Customers have a choice of 12×12 power shuttle transmission (105S) or 24×24+8 creeper power shuttle-power shift transmission (105P). A roomy, two-door cab offers great visibility and all-season comfort. The heavy-duty, mechanical self-leveling loader has a lift capacity of 4,129 pounds.