Tractor Buyers' Guide

Published online: Jan 18, 2022 Articles, New Products, Potato Equipment
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Up on that tractor…
Things might be faster in the world, but big wheels rollin’ slow
Help you see what’s important, what really does matter

Up on that tractor.

            —Granger Smith, “Tractor”


Massey Ferguson

(770) 813-9200

8S Series

The Massey Ferguson 8S Series is available in six models ranging from 205 to 305 horsepower. It features Massey Ferguson’s exclusive Protect-U design, which creates a 9.4-inch gap between the engine and the cab for increased comfort and operator protection. The gap reduces noise and vibration, making it one of the quietest cabs on the market, while increasing airflow for improved cooling capabilities and improved performance.

Standard Datatronic 5 terminal allows for fast, efficient setups on the hydraulics, transmission and engine. The 7.4-liter Tier 4 Final AGCO Power engine delivers performance and stability. Engine Power Management (EPM) provides a 5% boost to productivity and 10% fuel savings, all at lower engine RPM. The 8S pairs industry-leading SCR technology with a simple, all-in-one after-treatment system for low-maintenance sustainability. Available in two transmission options: the Dyna E-Power for smooth shifting and speed changes with no torque interruption and superior power transfer to the ground, or the Dyna-VT, which allows operators to select the exact speed and engine RPM needed for the job at hand. Minimum weight of just 8.7 tons and a wide range of ballast and tire choices allows for maximum traction and soil preservation with minimal fuel usage.

5S Series

The 5S Series is available in three models ranging from 115 to 145 horsepower. The series offers efficient drivelines to achieve higher productivity and promises to keep operating costs low, all while delivering more power and torque. It features an AGCO Power, four-cylinder, 4.4-liter engine that complies with Tier 4 Final emission rules using the compact All-in-One after-treatment system. This delivers more power and torque with reduced fuel and DEF consumption. An electronic wastegate turbocharger further improves performance and reduces emissions.

Large windows and a narrow, steep-nosed hood provide superior visibility. Available with Dyna-4 (16×16) or Dyna-6 (24×24) transmission technology are both available for seamless shifting. Super-Eco operation attains 25 miles per hour at low 1,530 RPM, helping to significantly cut fuel consumption and increase driving comfort. Growers have their choice of hydraulic systems, which offer open and closed center systems, providing 15 to 29 gallons per minute of flow. The new front linkage design offers lift capacities up to 6,600 pounds, while the stronger, rear linkage lifts up to 10,300 pounds.


(877) 525-4384

1100 Vario MT Track Tractors

Fendt 1100 Vario MT track tractors set new standards for flotation, ride comfort, fuel efficiency, power and performance. The MTS Smart Ride track system, stepless CVT transmission, more ballasting options, comfort enhancements, and industry-exclusive rear hitch systems top the list of features.

The high-powered lineup includes three models featuring MAN 15.2-liter, six-cylinder diesel engines: the 1151 (511 horsepower), 1156 (564 horsepower) and 1162 (618 horsepower).  A MAN 16.2-liter, six-cylinder diesel engine powers the 673-horsepower 1167 Vario MT—the highest horsepower track tractor on the market. The MAN engines with Fendt iD and TMS deliver tremendous torque at lower RPM, saving fuel to help reduce operating costs.

The new line offers gauge settings up to 128 inches and four track widths from 18 to 36 inches. The patented Mobil-Trac track system is the only mid-wheel design with a suspended undercarriage and rolling mid-wheels, which improve ride quality and flotation.

An exclusive steerable three-point hitch and a hydraulically controlled swinging drawbar option provide smoother headland turns and minimize soil berms. The 1100 Vario MT tractors are backed by the Fendt Gold Star Customer Care Plan, with three years of full warranty, all scheduled maintenance and a loaner guarantee.

900 Vario MT Track Tractors

Available in three models from 380 to 431 horsepower, Fendt 900 Vario MT tractors deliver unsurpassed flotation, traction, ride quality and operating efficiency.

These dependable workhorses are equipped with AGCO Power 9.8-liter diesel engines and feature a unique concentric air system for improved cooling and longer engine life. Plus, exclusive Fendt iD low-rev technology delivers high torque at lower engine speeds for greater torque and fuel efficiency. The tractors come standard equipped with the proven VarioDrive CVT transmission for smooth speed control.

The Smart Ride chassis combines oscillating mid-wheels and hard-bar suspension, providing exceptional ride quality without compromising traction. The patented Mobil-trac system is designed with a long, 101-inch wheelbase for more stability. The tractors offer gauge settings from 72 to 102 inches and track widths from 16 to 34 inches. 

The spacious cab features an air-ride seat, Bluetooth capability and an easy-to-use 10.4-inch touchscreen Varioterminal. The 900 Vario MT tractors are backed by Fendt Gold Star Customer Care, which includes a three-year/3,000-hour warranty, all scheduled maintenance and a loaner guarantee.

Claas of America


The Xerion is a high-horsepower (435 to 530), four-wheel-drive tractor featuring a fixed frame, speed of 31 mile per hour, and continuously variable CMATIC transmission to reduce the time, risk and cost of any job. Unlike articulated designs, this fixed-frame tractor with four-wheel steering gives better handling and control at road speeds with heavy loads.

Along with a high cab position for excellent visibility and semi-active cab suspension for a smoother ride, the Xerion tractor features record-breaking low noise levels in the cab. When tested at the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab, the 2022 Xerion shoed increased power and an improvement of 5.2% in fuel economy.

Whether it’s a 5000 or 4500 model, Claas’s Xerion is purpose-built from the ground up, designed to be the most productive tractor in its class, merging premium-grade muscle with finely tuned electronics and intelligence.

New Holland

T9 Series

Producers in need of a high-horsepower, highly connected tractor now have the next-generation solution in the T9 with PLM Intelligence from New Holland. The T9 lineup features seven horsepower levels, track or wheel options, and a choice of two transmissions to suit the unique needs of large operations. 

Operators experience New Holland’s latest PLM Intelligence technology with in-cab controls that provide control and customization without complication. The IntelliView 12 in-cab monitor offers quick configuration and advanced features such as custom layout options for each individual job and operator, 3D maps, and touchscreen or encoder navigation. Additionally, with MYPLMCONNECT, producers can seamlessly manage their farm, fleet and data.

T9 tractors with PLM Intelligence are available in seven different models, ranging from 370 to 620 rated engine horsepower. Customers also have the choice of the traditional Ultra Command full PowerShift transmission or the AutoCommand CVT. 

T9 series tractors feature FPT Cursor 9 or Cursor 13 engines with New Holland-exclusive ECOBlue HI-eSCR (DPF-free) after treatment to keep fuel and maintenance costs low to make the most of every pass. The Comfort Ride cab suspension and ergonomic seat ensure a smooth and comfortable ride and puts the latest PLM Intelligence technology within arm’s reach.

Case IH

AFS Connect Optum Series

With innovative Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) technology seamlessly integrated into the cab, AFS Connect Optum series tractors allow farmers to quickly share and access data. Producers can select from two models: AFS Connect Optum 270 and 300.

Innovative AFS technology provides a state-of-the-art solution to help complete the most precise farming tasks. With a highly sophisticated steering system, telematics, monitors, sensors and farm management software applications, the full vehicle interface and intuitive AFS Pro 1200 display is capable of wireless file transfers, guidance lines, prescription maps, fleet management, data sharing and product control.

AFS Connect links farmers to all aspects of their farms to help quickly analyze all agronomic data by importing several file formats. Users can also create rules to receive current vehicle status notifications for easy maintenance updates and control who the data is shared with.

Every AFS Connect Optum model features a suspended front axle and cab suspension along with a semi-active seat for a stable, comfortable ride. In addition, the new models offer more cab space and storage compartments. Eleven percent more glass, along with a bigger windshield and wider doors, plus a redesigned A-pillar display, provide excellent visibility.


Premium HSX HT and HD HT Series

Zetor’s HSX HT and HD HT Series tractors are equipped with the proven and reliable 30F/30R semi-powershift transmission with Power Shuttle and PowerClutch (de-clutch) function. These tractors have 13 transmission working speeds between 2.48 and 7.45 miles per hour, delivering maximum fuel economy, performance and productivity, with engine horsepower ranging from 118 to 157.


(204) 661-8711

Delta Track and 4WD Models

Versatile introduces new DeltaTrack and four-wheel drive models for 2022. The tractors include more power, improved features, newly available options, and an updated appearance. New models—530, 580 and 620—have a larger cooling package designed to improve airflow and cooling capacity, improved transmission, and advanced hydraulic configuration and options.

The 2022 models feature the improved TA22 transmission by Cat. This powershift transmission has less restrictive torque protection in lower gears, a more consistent inching pedal, and increased torque ratings. The clutch capacity has also increased, resulting in 3% more torque in third gear, 5% more torque in fourth gear, and 10% more torque in fifth gear.

All DeltaTrack and four-wheel drive models include multiple cab improvements: a more comfortable seat, audio system enhancements, and an available 12-inch monitor. Superior lighting systems allow for longer hours, less fatigue and better visibility.


(866) 327-6733

X8 VT-Drive Series

With its innovative design, the McCormick X8 makes farmers excited and proud to drive it. The hood and fenders with their sharp, dynamic lines give this tractor an aggressive and attractive look, while the automotive-style LED lights seamlessly integrated into the front grill highlight the McCormick family styling. The four-post cab, with its large glass surfaces and transparent roof hatch, provides exceptional visibility in all directions. In addition, roof-mounted work lights provide excellent illumination for night work.

The X8 series offers three models with power ratings of 264, 286 and 310 horsepower, powered by Betapower Fuel Efficiency six-cylinder engines with electronically controlled variable-geometry turbocharger and SCR exhaust gas after-treatment technology that meet Tier 4 emission regulations. To match the new power levels, the X8 series has been equipped with McCormick’s VT-Drive four-stage continuously variable transmission.

Standard equipment also includes a front hitch with a lift capacity of 11,000 pounds and a front 1,000-RPM PTO. The front axle is standard equipped with an electronically-controlled center-pivot suspension system and wet multi-disc brakes to ensure safe positive stopping and driving comfort.

Kubota Tractor Corporation

(888) 4-KUBOTA

M7 Series Gen 2

Kubota’s M7 Gen 2, featuring semi-powershift transmissions and new trim levels, is designed to specifically meet the wide range of needs for today’s customers. There are three models under the M7 Gen 2 line including the M7-132, M7-152 and the M7-172, ranging from 100 to 140 in PTO horsepower. Depending on the model, there are standard, deluxe and premium grade options to further customize for performance and job function. 

All M7 Gen 2 models feature powerful performance, easy operation, technological advances, sophisticated styling, and best-in-class base weight. 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 touchscreen performance monitor.

John Deere

9 Series

Deere’s 9 Series tractors alleviate timing challenges, offering more power, more ballasting options, and more precision than ever before.

Ranging from 390 to 640 horsepower and available in four-wheel-drive, dual-track or quad-track models, 9 Series tractors offer premium power, versatility and precision. No matter the terrain, no matter the conditions, these tractors give producers the strength and power they need to pull heavier, wider implements with ease. With integrated precision ag technology, even the biggest fields can be managed in the tightest timeframes necessary to achieve the bottom-line results today’s farmers are after.

Bobcat Company

4000 Compact Tractor

When you’re faced with a long list of big projects to tackle, a Bobcat 4000 platform compact tractor is a heavy-duty work companion you can count on. These turbo-charged, versatile machines deliver the size, strength and PTO horsepower needed to ensure you’re always ready to finish up daily chores around small farm or ranch. Take your pick of four 4000 platform tractor models with impressive 45- to 58-horsepower turbo-charged engines for heavy-duty lifting or implement work. All models feature an open workstation design that makes it fast and easy to get on and off the tractor from either direction. Select models are available with either a synchronized manual transmission for shift-on-the fly functionality or an easy-to-use hydrostatic transmission.


(912) 447-2000

Fastrac 8330

One look tells you the new JCB Fastrac 8330 is different. Discover the difference greater speed, comfort, productivity, safety and versatility can make to your farm business.

A maximum travel speed of 43 miles per hour, the best powertrain and suspension combination, new Hydrostatic Dual Steering system, and huge anti-lock braking capability equip the Fastrac 8330 for a life of hard work. It is powerful, with a maximum engine horsepower of 348 and a maximum 1,440 pounds of torque. With more implement-mounting versatility than any other tractor in its class and one of the largest, most comfortable cabs on the market, the Fastrac 8330 is a truly impressive agricultural machine.