From famous manufacturers to lesser known names from around the world, the sub-100hp market is full of companies eager to gain a foothold.
Alex Heath rounds up what is available on the UK market...
More so than any other size of tractor, the sub-100hp tractor market is bristling with models to choose from.
All the major tractor manufactures are involved in this power bracket, along with many other brands trying to make a name for themselves in the UK.
Used for all manner of jobs, most machines in this category are fairly utilitarian.
But while some manufacturers offer one or two key models in this class, others feature a whole range of sub- 100hp models in their portfolio.
As a result, specification levels vary wildly and the sheer choice on offer can be bewildering.
To help navigate this minefield of tractor top trumps, we round-up some of the models suited to farming in the sub-100hp category.
THE 804 Lux sits in the middle of the Turkish manufacturer’s offering which ranges from 50hp up to 125hp.
Standard spec is generous, with cab suspension, hydraulic top link and air brakes, and sees well-known manufacturers providing the engine and transmission.
804 Lux spec
THE Elios is one of the more premium tractors in the category, with the German manufacturer taking design and technology cues from the larger tractors in its range.
Options are plenty in the range, with a choice of transmissions, cab interiors and electronics.
AS one of the largest ranges in this round-up, Case IH’s Farmall C Series is not short of choice, offering everything from simple 12 by 12 synchromesh transmissions up to a 40 by 40 gearbox with two-speed splitter and power shuttle.
Farmall C spec
THE K78 represents the largest tractor in the South Korean manufacturer’s range.
Features include a threespeed pto, full cab with air conditioning and four spool valves, two of which are in the mid-mount position to accommodate the company’s own loader. Joystick control comes as standard.
LAUNCHED at Lamma this year, the 5D Keyline represents a back-to-basics approach from the German manufacturer, sitting below the company’s higher spec 5G.
An all new cab sees curved rear windows and a roof window added, said to be ideal for loader work.
5D Keyline spec
THE 200 Series is the only tractor in this power bracket to feature a continuously variable transmission, using the German company’s time-proven Vario.
In addition, technology from the larger ranges is integrated into this series, including the firm’s VarioTronic concept, plus pedal and ‘stick’ driving modes.
200 Vario spec
WHILE they are the smallest tractors the US giant produces for its agricultural range, the 5E features a similar layout in the cab to its bigger stablemates.
When fitted with the TechCentre cab, it features electric controls for the hand throttle, four-wheel drive engagement and pto.
WITH its own engine, axle and transmission plants, Kioti’s parent company Daedong offers several tractor ranges.
The South Korean-built RX Series recently gained several updates including a hand clutch, air conditioning and digital display.
THE M4002 is the latest model in the Japanese manufacturer’s range. Offering a larger and more refined cab, a roof hatch enables a clear line of sight to the loader when raised.
There is the option for precision farming applications with the addition of the company’s IsoMatch Tellus monitor.
LANDINI says its latest 4D series, now available with a cab, has been designed with simplicity at the fore.
Understanding this size of tractor will almost indefinitely be consigned to yard work, few electrical components, mechanical transmission and lever controls give it a tough persona.
THE 4700 Global Series, as the name suggests, was born of MF’s need for a new breed of ‘simple’ tractor suitable for working in various conditions around the world.
Simple to maintain and operate, they come with four-wheel drive and two mechanical spools as standard, with a roof window available as an optional extra.
4700 Global Series spec
THE X4 is based on two different chassis sizes, with the three smaller models now available with the company’s high/low, twospeed powershift transmission.
Updates to the range include a revised trailer braking circuit and the addition of a 32 litres per minute hydraulic pump, dedicated to steering.
THE three-tractor T4 range benefits from two transmission choices, both 12 by 12, with the choice of mechanical or hydraulic shuttling.
The company says the operator space has been designed to place everything easily to hand.
ONE of the manufacturer’s most popular tractor series, the Explorer, features its Silent Hydro Block technology, isolating the cab from the chassis, said to reduce noise and vibration.
Optional ‘eco’ features allow the hydraulic system to pump 60 litres per minute at 1,600 rpm or the dual pump capable of 90 litres per minute.
INDIAN manufacturer Solis has been steadily building its dealership network across the country, now totalling 25.
Its largest tractor, the 75, uses the company’s own common rail diesel injection engine, has a turning circle of 8.54 metres and can be fitted with air brakes an option.
Solis 75 spec
THE A Series from the Finnish manufacturer is split in to three chassis sizes, the smallest of which has three models; the A74, A84 and A94.
Along with family styling, it shares many features from its larger brothers the N and T series, designed to be a light and compact range.
A Series spec
WITH its striking design, the two models of the Major range, the CL and HS, are effectively two different spec levels.
While the CL makes do with a 12 by 12 gearbox, the HS gets a splitter. Its lift capacity is also higher and the pto is engaged electro-hydraulically rather than mechanically.