Top Tractor Shootout 2016 winner and method

By: Tom Dickson, Photography by: Ellen Dewar

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The object of Top Tractor Shootout 2016 was to find the best value for money utility tractor, and the Massey Ferguson 5609 Dyna-4 is a worthy winner. Judge Tom Dickson reports.


We assembled six of the best 80-100hp tractors in a paddock at Victoria’s Werribee Mansion, and asked two trans-Tasman judges to put them through their paces. 

The object of the exercise was to find the best tractor for the money, not the best overall tractor. It stands to reason that if you throw enough folding green at a machine you’ll end up with a pretty darned good tractor regardless of brand.

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Top Tractor Shootout 2016

Among the tractors in the 2016 Top Tractor Shootout awards we had the Massey Ferguson 5609, Deutz-Fahr 5105.4G, John Deere 6105M, Case IH Farmall 95C, Kubota M100GX and the New Holland TD5.90.

An Olympic gold-medal-winning performance by the Massey Ferguson 5609 Dyna-4 propelled it to the top of the Top Tractor Shootout 2016 value-for-money table.

The AGCO entry overcame strong competition from silver medallist Deutz 5105.4G — which put in a strong performance late on day one — and bronze performer and early favourite John Deere 6105M.

This puts Massey Ferguson at two for two, as the brand won last year’s Shootout with the Massey Ferguson 7615 Dyna-6.

Ranking best for hydraulic remotes, front-end loader multi-coupler, front-end loader operation, vision, front guards, forward-reverse modulation, tyre package, fitout and finish, and cabin layout, it really was a worthy winner.

This event could not have occurred without the cooperation of New Holland, Kubota, Case IH, John Deere, Deutz-Fahr and Massey Ferguson. Many thanks for your commitment and ongoing support.

Thanks also to our international judge Jaiden Drought, who made sure he pushed each tractor to its absolute limits to expose both their strengths and weaknesses.

The Massey Ferguson 5609 was our best value for money tractor. To choose yours, asses your needs, work out what features you need, make a shortlist and broker the best price.

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