2014 Top Tractor Shootout

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2031 Top Tractor shootout 2014 contenders Contenders for this year's Top Tractor Shootout: (from left to right) John Deere 6115M, Case IH Maxxum 110 XS, Deutz-Fahr Agrotron K420, Valtra N113, Claas Arion 530 CIS, Massey Ferguson 5455 2031 Top Tractor shootout 2014 contenders
3484 Top Tractor Shootout 2014 judges Our judges (left to right): Jaiden Drought, Brent Lilley, Mark Fouhy and Andrew Stewart. 3484 Top Tractor Shootout 2014 judges

Top Tractor Shoot Out judges spent two gruelling days under the beating sun, listening, learning, and testing six of the best high-end farmer tractors in the country.

With a vast amount of space and a heap of machinery enthusiasts keen to stop by, the biennial Grasslandz 2014, a new machinery demonstration event in Waikaito, New Zealand was the perfect test field for the 2014 Top Tractor Shoot Out.

Although the sun was shining, the ground was a little worse for wear having had little saturation for some months.

However, it only made the tractors being judged work harder to prove themselves, especially when the Alpego power harrow was hooked up.

Discerning judges included Jaiden Drought, Brent Lilley, Mark Fouhy, and Andrew Stewart — all farmers and contractors with a fair bit of experience testing tractors over the past five years.

And the contestants in the competition? All high-end farm tractors the John Deere 6115M, Case IH Maxxum 110 XS, Deutz-Fahr Agrotron K420, Valtra N113, Claas Arion 530 CIS and Massey Ferguson 5455.

Manufacturers and dealers were given fairly rigid instructions on the criteria for each tractor.

Submissions had to come with four cylinders, a cab, loader and bucket, and the total package (including the loader) had to come in under $130,000.

Ensuring they were comparable and on an even playing field was essential. Dealers and manufacturers therefore were given free rein to put their best tractor forward in this category.

The competition was no mean feat for the judges.

With such a great lineup of tractors, all with fantastic features, the judges were under no illusion that finding a winner was going to be a tough ask.

But as with any competition, there has to be a winner and the pressure was on!

Always at the front of their minds was the farmer and how they would find each tractor. Being farmers themselves, they knew what to look for.

The judges, who thought they knew a lot about tractors, certainly gained a heap more knowledge over the two days.

See the individual appraisals below.

Top Tractor Shoot Out 2014 line-up:

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John Deere 6115M 

  • Best Build Quality
  • Best Noise Control

At this year’s Top Tractor Shoot Out, the John Deere 6115M came up trumps, winning itself the award for Best Build Quality, as well as delivering in a number of other areas. Andrew Stewart reports.

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Massey Ferguson 5455 

  • Best Engine

At this year’s Shoot Out the judges learned more about the MF 5455 and were not disappointed by its pulling power combined with its simple and robust design. Jaiden Drought writes.

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Deutz-Fahr Agrotron K420

  • Best Loader Visibility

We couldn’t get our hands on Deutz-Fahr’s newest 5 series tractor for the Top Tractor Shoot Out but the compact Agrotron K420 did a fine job impressing the judges. Mark Fouhy reports.

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Case IH Maxxum 110 XS

  • Best Linkage
  • Best Hydraulics

The Case IH Maxxum 110 XS impressed the judges with its array of quality features but it was the price tag that really made the tractor stand out among the others. Brent Lilley checked it out.

Valtra N113

Valtra N113

  • Runner-Up
  • Best Innovation
  • Best Serviceability
  • Best Transmission (shared with Claas Arion 530 CIS))

Top Tractor judges were so pleasantly surprised by the results this tractor achieved they decided to award it runner-up honours. Brent Lilley writes.

Claas Arion 530

Claas Arion 530 CIS

  • Winner
  • Best Cab Layout
  • Best Transmission (equal shared with Valtra N113)
  • Best user friendliness
  • Best Suspension

After much deliberation, the judges of the 2014 Top Tractor Shoot Out named the Claas Arion 530 CIS the overall winner on the day, Jaiden Drought reports.

See the online reviews in the following weeks and read them in full in the July Issue of NewFarmMachinery Magazine; on sale July 14. Subscribe to the magazine to have it delivered. 

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