Tractors kicking goals

June 3, 2016

After heavy rain last Thursday, the sun appeared on Friday as farmers and dealers came to see some of the latest machines on the market.

Most machines on display at the PFG Australia demo day, organised by William Adams Ag, Shepparton, were unable to demonstrate their functions due to the wet ground, but that did not stop about 60 people from turning up to inspect and hear about a variety of farm machinery.

Another demo day where the machines will be in full swing has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 1 from 10am until 2pm at a paddock on Labuan Rd, Invergordon, just before the Wunghnu Rd intersection.

PFG Australia sales and product specialist John Simpson said the day was an opportunity for farmers and dealers to see what was on the market and consider making purchases. The Turbo Max 3000 tillage machine and the Versatile 425 tractor were the newest items on display, and attracted much interest. ‘‘The Turbo Max’s major feature is it applies vertical tillage which leaves a level finish and no hard pans,’’ Mr Simpson said. ‘‘The best thing about it is you can hydraulically adjust any of the discs. It makes it more flexible depending on the conditions.’’

Deutz and Versatile sales representative Adrian Findlay said the new Versatile 425 had sold well so far in NSW and Western Australia. ‘‘We’ve outsold the stock we could get into Australia,’’ Mr Findlay said. ‘‘This is the first one we’ve had in the Goulburn Valley.’’ The 425hp tractor features a Cummins engine and CAT transmission. The Versatile tractor is designed to enhance the profitability of large-scale farming operations and uphold the reliability and durability of the brand. Mr Findlay said the tractor had the largest cab in the market, which helped achieve the best view.

Massive . . . Adrian Findlay with salesman Stephen Alford, of New Zealand, and contractor Gary Davis of NZ with the Versatile 425 tractor.

The Spartan 607 II air seeder was also a popular attraction, measuring 6m wide with a total tank capacity of 3160litres. ‘‘We’ve updated this compared to the last model — we’ve changed to hydraulic drive system, to make calibrating much easier,’’ Mr Simpson said. The newer model also has more spread-out wheels at the back which follow the front of the cart to allow for better manoeuvreability. ‘‘The triple disc is the most versatile row unit on the market.’’ Mr Simpson expected an even bigger crowd at Wednesday’s rescheduled demo day.