5 April 2022

TRACTOR TEST: New Holland T6.175 DC

The double clutch DynamicCommand has been seen as something of revelation in the New Holland camp, but is it dependable? We ask a user who has clocked 3,000 hours on a T6.175.

PRACTICAL TEST: AGCO Ideal 9T 

AGCO made a lot of noise when it introduced the Ideal combine range. To find out if it is justified we have been testing the 9T. Turn to page 26 to find out if you should be having a chat with your dealer to get a demo this season.

DRIVING IMPRESSION: Bobcat TL34.65 HF 

Proven performance, but can the new cab lure operators to the French side? The 3.4t handler certainly impressed our team.                                                                

DRIVING IMPRESSION: HiSpec Xcel 1250

Something different under the hood. HiSpec has replaced the standard beaters with a side slinging flail to deliver muck to the spreading discs, and it seems to do the job rather well.

USED MACHINERY: JCB Fastrac 4200

Is there a bump in the road to owning a Fastrac 4220? Well there could actually be several if you don’t know what to check, so don’t miss our guide to keeping on the straight and narrow of JCB ownership.

WORKSHOP: John Deere 6800 overhaul 

Over a series of articles, we are going to follow the progress of Sam and Nick Ewbank as they carry out the restoration and modification of a 30 year old John Deere 6800. Undertaken to celebrate 30 years since the formation of Lynx Engineering, the tractor will be updated and, once completed, undertake a charity road trip to the Highland Show.

Test

New Holland T6.175 DynamicCommand. . . . . . . . . . .  12

Lemken Koralin 9/660 KUA . . . .……. 20

AGCO Ideal 9T . . . . . . . 26

Driving impression

Horsch RO1 . . . .…….  32

HiSpec Xcel 1250 . . . .……. 38

Pöttinger Terrasem V6000 DZ . . . .…….  42

Ford Transit . . . .……. 46

Bobcat TL34.65 HF. . . .…….  48

Dücker UMG 2800 . . . .…….  52

Livestock

Hetwin autonomous scraper. . . . . . . 54

Used machinery

JCB Fastrac 4000 series . . . . . . 58

Workshop

3D printing – how it works . . . . . . . 66

Workshop tips . . . . . . . 69

Pattern parts compared . . . . . . . 70

Lynx Project 6800 . . . . . . . 74

DIY strip till slurry . . . . . . . 78

Report

Comment: Nigel Thornborrow . . . . 79

Auction report . . . . . . . . 82

Tracks for muddy maize. . . . . . . . 86

Special

What is new in smart tech. . . . . . . 90

Regulars

Editorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

News.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Preview . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Spot the difference . . . . . . . . . . . 98

Contractor prices . . .  . . . . 99