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In July 2017

Massey Ferguson 5713 SL tractor

With the move from Stage IIIB 5600 (profi tractor test 7-8/15) to Stage IV 5700, potential MF buyers might be expecting to find a number of new features in addition to the current range’s reduced emissions. Well, those changes are there, but you might struggle to spot some of them. No need to fret, though, because help is at hand in the form of next month’s tractor test on the 92kW/125hp 5713 SL.

Practical test

In July 2017

Case IH Axial-Flow 7140 combine harvester

What has been true of all past Axial-Flows continues to hold true for the current 7140 ... that these machines are most at home when tucked into a crop of standing wheat, as we found out last harvest.

Fendt 1290 S XD big baler

XD stands for Xtra Density ... or, in simpler terms, more weight per bale. That, of course, means more strain on the baler’s driveline and other components. How do they cope?


In July 2017

Made-it-myself chipper trailer from Exmoo

Brainchild of Exmoor beef/sheep farmer Oliver Edwards, the aptly named Chipzilla chipper trailer allows one man and one tractor to chip, cart and unload wood chip direct into a low-roofed biomass bunker.


In July 2017

Budget-priced pick-ups

Looking to spend sub-£20,000 excl. VAT on a new farm pick-up? Two of the possible contenders, Mitsubishi’s L200 4-Life and the SsangYong Musso, tackle the South Downs in next month’s Vehicles section, and we were suitably impressed.

Last updated: 24.05.2017
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