Tractor test

Deutz-Fahr 6210 CShift

It’s the little things

Granted it’s not that long ago since we looked at the Deutz 6180P (06/2014), which uses the same Stage IIIB motor as the 154kW/210hp 6210 CShift featured here. However, we reckon there are sufficient other changes to warrant a further run on the test bench

Practical test

Four loaders compared

Light loaders for small jobs

In the April issue we compared a quartet of 75hp tractors. Then the focus was on the tractors, so now it’s time to take a closer look at the loaders. We assess their strengths and weaknesses

Amazone, KRM, Kverneland, Kuhn

Four ways to spread

After laying out our findings on GPS section control in profi 04/16, this month we finish off by exploring the test group’s hardware and calibration options

Driving impression

Kverneland Optima TF Profi precision drill

More wheels, less load

Kverneland has stuck some extra rubber under its six- and eight-row trailed precision seeders. The updates don’t just stop there, though, as we reveal in this Optima TF Profi workout

Fendt Katana 65 forager

Pleasing operators

On the back of the move to Stage IV emission targets, Fendt has subjected the Katana 65 to its first major revamp. Detailed fettling is based on feedback from existing users

New clamp climber

New Holland W170C

As well as farming kit, the New Holland name also appears on a broad range of construction equipment. Shovels are one example, and, since they can already be found on farms, New Holland has now taken the decision to sell certain models through its ag network, including this farm spec W170C

Five wheels rolling

Vervaet Hydrotrike XL

While Vervaet sugar beet harvesters have been a familiar sight in the eastern parts of England for some time, the Dutch firm’s self-propelled slurry tankers are now starting to roll out across the UK. We climb aboard the new five-wheeler Hydrotrike XL

Livestock equipment

Northern Ireland dairy farmer invests for the future

Making ends meet

Encouraged by decent milk prices four years ago a County Armagh dairy farmer decided to invest £200,000 in a new dairy unit to help secure the future of milking cows on the family farm. The new unit was much needed, but, with milk prices now on the floor, a few cost cutting exercises have also had to be implemented

Used machinery

Massey Ferguson 7600 series tractors

One series, baffling choice?

Massey Ferguson 7600 tractors started arriving in mid-2012, initially with four models (7619 to 7624) spanning 185 to 235hp with either Dyna-6 semi-powershift or Dyna-VT stepless transmissions, ahead of then being joined by the small-frame 7614 to 7618, with the option of a Dyna-4 transmission, at the back-end of 2012. The range-topping 7626 completed the line-up in 2013. So, there was a broad


Fitting central tyre inflation (CTI)

Fit for purpose

Why wait for tractor and implement makers to get round to offering central tyre inflation if you can fit it yourself? We follow the job step-by-step at specialist TractAir. The subject tractor patiently awaiting CTI attention is a 300hp Case IH Optum CVX

Machine management

Getting started in contracting

Accidental contractor

Getting any new business off the ground is challenging enough, and daring to be different can make the process even harder and slower. Yet in just four years, Ashridge Country Services has gone from being one man and a tractor to having a fleet of three tractors, and it has just taken on its first employee

Around the world

For the price of a quad bike / Heat is on at the field days / Host of new options for planting in the US / Red, amber, green … telehandlers are go


Grass harvesting for a drying plant

Light-footed foraging

Two stunningly different Claas Jaguar 960s are the star attractions at the Dutch Hartog grass/lucerne drying operation


Claas Jaguar 800, Part I

Make the big cat purr with contentment

With the silage season fast approaching we’re treated to a tour of a Claas Jaguar 880 that has been heavily modified — to make it more productive, more efficient and more user friendly. Perhaps you can apply some of the featured tweaks to your own 800 back home


Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV vs Renault Kadjar

White goods

Two Discovery Sport 4×4 alternatives line up this month, one with an unusual twist — you can plug it in to the mains. Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV takes on the more conventionally powered Kadjar from Renault

Under the hammer

White Cross Farm sale, Darlington

Retirement sale attracts plenty of spring buyers

A large crowd was in attendance at a recent retirement sale near Darlington, in County Durham, where home buyers had to ward off strong competition from Irish visitors in the battle to make the winning bid



UK contractor charges

This is the National Association of Agricultural Contractors’ ( charge guide, based on info supplied by its members last spring. The figures are only a guide and assume a red diesel price of 60p/litre. Prices will vary according to UK region, size of job, type of equipment used etc