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Tractor test

In November 2016

Claas Xerion 4000

It’s more than 10 years since we last carried out a full tractor test on the Claas Xerion, on that occasion a 224kW/305hp 3300. High time, then, that we revisited Claas’s tractor flagship. Test candidate in November is the firm’s 308kW/419hp Xerion 4000 model.

Practical test

In November 2016

Kuhn Vari-Leader 8 NSH plough

Back in 2014 the Kuhn Vari-Leader didn’t join our semi-mounted plough test gathering for a good reason — the latest version wasn’t ready to take part. Two years on, Vari-Leader has been with our test team for a season.

Driving impression

In November 2016

Lemken Solitair 25 drill

Though not due to be fully available in the UK and Ireland until 2018, we’ve managed to get our first drive on Lemken’s new Solitair 25 seeder. Main changes extend to the 3,000-litre plastic hopper, OptiDisc coulter bar and vertical dosing system.

Used machinery

In November 2016

John Deere 7R tractors

Even the most loyal John Deere fan would struggle to deny the 7R had its teething problems. As is so often the case, though, with its early issues now sorted this tractor can make a prudent used buy. Which one to go for? And from what year?

Machine management

In November 2016

All-blue fleet in Sussex

This 50th anniversary T7.270 tractor and BB870 big baler are just two of the New Holland machines operated by Sussex- based Ford Farms. Intriguingly, the business’s all-blue fleet also includes a T9.560 artic, bought to replace a Case IH Quadtrac.

Last updated: 21.09.2016
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