Farmers and enthusiasts had the opportunity to find out how well their tractors performed at a charity dyno day organised by AGCO main dealer R W Crawford recently.

The event, at the dealer’s Charing depot, was attended by more than 200 people. Any make and model tractor owners were invited to bring all makes and models of any age to be tested on three dynamometers from the Crawfords Kent, Essex and Sussex depots.

The cost was £20 per tractor and Crawford technicians from each location were on hand to explain the testing process and interpret the results. Classics tested included a Ford 7810 (84hp); a Ford TW35 (154hp); and two Case 1056XL tractors (90 and 94hp).

Top results were from a Fendt 939 (357hp); closely followed by a John Deere 8345R (328hp). The lowest hp winner was Jim Aikeman with a Ford 6410 (67hp) and the highest hp winner was Iain Smith with a John Deere 8345R (328hp).

The team tested 30 tractors during the day, but there was also a display of 15 older machines brought to the event by enthusiasts and local vintage tractor club members who each donated £15.

Funds were raised for the Guts UK charity which invests in research into diseases of the human digestive system. “Excellent weather contributed to the day’s success and a total of £2,000 was raised for the charity,” commented Crawfords’ marketing manager Hannah Kelsey.

“The day was enjoyed by everyone, and I know that our workshop teams got a lot of satisfaction out of explaining how they use their state-of-the-art dynamometers to check power outputs and diagnose issues, as well as giving hints and tips on how to improve each tractor’s efficiency and performance.”

Crawfords’ has wanted to put on an event like this for a while to bring everyone together and give something back to the local community and a charity close to our hearts, comments Kent product demonstrator Ben Marsh. “I am overwhelmed by the generosity and support from everyone. We will look to make this an annual event.”