With the most popular size tractors all featuring in the 100-200hp sector, this power bracket is busy, with lots of new models.
Alex Heath looks at what is on the market...
The 100-200hp sector is a congested one, with ‘all-rounders’ offering a mix of manoeuvrability, draft capabilities, road speed and power.
The sector is tempting farmers with increasing, or in some cases decreasing, levels of tech and spec, with a machine for nearly every budget and job offered.
This power bracket is the most heavily competed for, and made up 66 per cent of all tractor registrations above 50hp in the UK during 2018.
Every household name manufacturer features in here, plus a good number of less obvious ones.
Since the introduction of Stage 5 requirements in January this year, manufacturers have released a number of updated models pre-empting this and, with the emissions updates, a number of extra features to sway any potential purchase decision.
Every tractor featured in this power bracket has four-wheel drive as standard and a cab. Weights and height are dependent on transmission fitted, as well as tyre choice, as is also true for width.
THE Maxxum series now includes a single six-cylinder model in the form of the 150.
This new model develops the same power as the largest four-cylinder model, the 145, at a maximum of 175hp, but develops more torque, 740Nm compared to 700Nm. The option for operators to run at lower rpm should also lead to fuel savings.
The new model uses the same chassis, so dimensions are identical, however, weight for the six-pot model has risen by 130kg.
Transmission options are universal across the range, with two powershifts available in 40kph and 50kph and a continuously variable transmission to choose from.
Case IH is busy in this sector, with the Luxxum, new Vestrum and Puma ranges vying for a slice of the market.
Case IH Maxxum Series
LAUNCHED in 2017 the threemodel M7002 series is currently the most powerful the Japanese company produces.
Power outputs from the company’s own engines with boost are 150, 170 and 175hp. There is the option to fit a continuously variable transmission ‘box into the range, plus a raft of precision farming integrated features from some of its subsidiary companies.
Lift capacity for the fourcylinder machines is 9.4 tonnes.
Kubota 7002 series
ONE of the most powerful fourcylinder ranges on the market, the MF 6700S series tops out at 200hp with the 6718S. It features a 190 litres per minute load sensing hydraulic pump and Dyna-6 powershift transmission or the Dyna-VT CVT.
Weighing 500kg less than its six-cylinder compatriots in the 7700S range, it retains a tight turning circle of 4.75 metres while being able to pick up 9.6 tonnes.
Massey Ferguson 6700S
HAVING recently passed the 150,000th mark for tractors produced at its Le Mans plant since 2003 when it took over Renault, Claas last updated the range in 2017.
The fourth generation of the range sees power top out at 205hp for the largest six-cylinder 660 and 165hp for the largest four-cylinder.
Both engines are made by Deere Power Systems. Only the company’s Cmatic continuously variable transmission is available in the 660, while the rest of the range get the option of this or the HexaShift powershift box, with the option of HexaActive which will automatically shift between gears in relation to engine or pto load, much like a CVT.
THE smallest and medium sized models in the now four-frame size 6R range feature all the luxuries available in the biggest, but in an altogether smaller package.
Starting at 130hp maximum power for the 6110R, up to 150hp for the 6130R, power comes from a DPS four-cylinder motor.
In the mid-frame, which uses six-cylinder engines, power tops out at 195hp with Intelligent Power Management. New to the range is the option to spec the company’s CommandPro joystick, first seen on the range’s flagship 6250R.
Four transmission choices are available and three spec levels also. The new joystick is standard in the Ultimate spec package.
John Deere 6R series small and mid-frame
THE X7 series from McCormick features three, four-cylinder models and four, six-cylinders, both powered by FPT.
Drive can be directed to the wheels via a six-speed powershift or continuously variable transmission, available with the company’s Premium spec tractors.
The company has recently introduced an Efficient spec which does away with any frivolities in the cab and takes things back to basics with manual spool levers and the likes, reducing the price for discerning farmers who cannot justify unneeded tech.
THE smallest in stature of the three size T7 range, the standard wheelbase models from new Holland uses sister company FPT’s 6.7-litre engine to produce up to 180hp at rated power.
The four-model range is available with three transmission options, except for the flagship T7.225 which is only available in SideWinder II spec with its AutoCommand transmission.
The range also boasts uncommon features, such as engine braking due to the absence of EGR for emissions control, and Intelligent Trailer Braking technology available on AutoCommand models which applies the trailer brakes as transmission speed is decreased.
New Holland T7SWB
IN the 6-series, all six models with the larger wheelbase use a 6.1-litre six-cylinder engine from Deutz, however, only the three largest models are now stage 5 compliant.
Extra emission control is via diesel particulate filter and selective catalytic reduction. The tractors are also now available loader ready from the factory.
Precision farming options can now be run through the company’s latest generation iMonitor3, said to use a faster processor giving improved management of functions and new optional functions that include automatic headland turns and Xtend which has the ability to connect to a tablet to give an additional display that can be utilised for IsoBus compatible functions.
Deutz Fahr 6 series
SITTING at the top end of this power bracket is the Fastrac 4000 series from JCB.
Using a range of time-proven parts, including AgcoPower (formerly Sisu) engines and Fendt transmissions, it is this transmission and the commercial haulage style running gear that allows for its 65kph top speed.
Launched in 2014, the tractor uses the out-board twin calliper disc air brakes found on previous models, but also features self-levelling independent suspension and four-wheel steer for traction and manoeuvrability in the field.
The cab also had an overhaul, with a sloping windscreen and larger operator area.
JCB 4000 Series