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Tractor mad summer.

September 13, 2010

This summer saw some unusually good weather resulting in more hay than normal being made, and silage going in near ideal conditions! While this great weather is appreciated by all in the farming and contracting business, it is not without its dangers. I have heard of more than a few cases of machines going on fire due i suspect to the dry matter of the grass being harvested along with the heat of the machines.
One local contracting firm, “Duffy Bros” had an 04 New Holland Fx 50 self-propelled harvester go up in flames while hard at work. Any attempts to extinguish the fire were in vain as the inferno totally destroyed the machine. I have since heard that they have purchased a very respectable Claas 870 speedstar. Not a bad upgrade!
This summer also turned out to be an unfortunate one for another local silage contractor, Ryan Quigley. After finishing for the night, Ryan left his Johndeere 6710 self-propelled harvester on the farm to start again in the morning.  Shortly after starting the machine that morning the engine ceased! Upon removal of the sump it became clear that someone had filled the sump with sand!

Agricultural contracting is surely a competitive game due to the number of fleets on the road and the short seasons due to the high output of these fleets, but surely that is not the way to go!

Fleet profile, Barry Read, Valtra

November 27, 2009

Fleet profile Barry Read Valtra

The Read contracting business was started in 1982 when Barry’s father started out reseeding and hedge cutting for people in the surrounding area. At this time Norman Read was running three Massey Ferguson 698T’s a 699 and 2640 along with a 590 he bought second hand. As things progressed, the fleet was running three McConnell flail hedge cutters and one saw blade cutter, a sludgagator tanker which started slurry around the end of September and ran flat out until may. Ploughing and reseeding also kept the firm busy
along with grass silage cutting in the summer. As the work load grew, two double chops were ran side by side behind the Massey fleet. Finding the tractors a bit light and after some engine problems on the four cylinder turbo Perkins small block engines, Norman looked to Deutz tractors to take up the work load. As Barry says “we never had a bad one”. The Deutz models used included a 470, two 610’s, a DX 90 and a 616 which Barry describes as one of the best tractors they ever had with a torque’y engine that pulled like a train. Barry praises the air cooled engines and simple gear box’s on the Deutz models. Looking for a more sophisticated machine, Norman turned to Stanley Patterson from Ballinahinch, from who he purchased a 115hp Fendt 311. They ran up 11,00 hours on this tractor which with its turbomatic clutch was again a great puller, but it did suffer from some gear box and brake issues. When the next time it came to update a tractor, Norman again turned to Stanley Patterson who at this time had started importing Valmet Valtra’s as he thought they would appeal to more people than the pricey Fendt’s. So in 1992 the Ried’s got a Valtra out on demonstration and again in 1993. The grip levels of these tractors impressed so much that in 1994 the Reid’s purchased there first Valtra, an 8100 model. According to Barry this tractor in 2wd could almost out preform their Massey’s in 4wd. The valtra performed well at anything it was asked to do, but at 120hp they found it a little short on torque, so with 1200 hours on the clock the engine got a boost from a turbo and went on to clock up 12,000 hrs before being moved on. The only ever gear box issue the Read’s did suffer on a Valtra was on this tractor, but was apparently caused by driver error when rammed into reverse with a full load of slurry. As things progressed and harvesters got bigger a 135hp 8150 was bought to take over, followed by a 8750 with 160hp as standard and ETB power boost. This tractor has since been dyno’d and found to be putting out 222hp at the shaft!!! At the time it was being used to power a JF 1100 harvester. A 8950 came along next with even more power to pick up thirty foot swathes after rakes were introduced to help the wilting process.
It was at this time that Barry bought the contracting business from his father and took over any machinery repayments.
Barry says that the ETB power boost on the 8750 and 8950 was very unreliable as it worked on sensors on the pto shaft to judge when enough power was being used through the PTO to kick in. As a result he had the Power boost put onto a switch on the dash so that when put onto the harvester it could be switched on. As Barry says “one day you had 200+hp and the next around 170-180” The switch had to be disconnected when not needed as he says that some drivers would prefer to hit the power boost switch when pulling heavy loads up hill instead of changing gear. He also notes that the HiTec 2 models which have a clutchless power shuttle are far superior to the HiTec 1 tractors which had a slight delay on shuttle use. Any tractors he now has with power shuttle are all HiTec 2.
As things again progressed a Self propelled New Holland FX 38 harvester was purchased to handle the growing acreage and so Barry sold his 8950 as he no longer had any need for two 200hp+ tractors in the yard. This is the only Valtra to have left the fleet with less than 11,000 hours.
Barry says he stays with Valtra for their basic controls which anyone can jump on and use. and although Valtra’s has higher spec tractors available he prefers to stick with the basic models on which “you pull a lever, tip a trailer”.
Sheer reliability is the main reason though. The sisu power plants never need a spanner put to them. He states that at about 5-6000 hours the rear brake slave cylinders and front master cylinders seals need replacing and other than that the brakes never need touching until 8-9000 hours, which considering the size of trailers and tankers they pull is pretty impressive. Clutch wear is another strong point as Barry never changed a clutch on a tractor with under 7000 hours
The only tractor to be bought second hand is a 8050 which Barry says he bought “very much at the right money”. This tractor is used on wide wheels to use in the field on the umbilical system, one of two he runs, one with 600 meters of pipe and the other with 800 meters. Barry says he will probably buy another front reeler to increase the distance on one of the systems.
Slurry is a huge part of the business and with a look at the machinery around the yard they are very well geared up for the task. Barry runs a total of six slurry tankers, all Redrock models. One of these is a top fill galvanised 1250 gallon model running on huge Terra tyres. Barry says he doesn’t use this system as much now as he used to as the umbilical systems do most of the spreading now. When it is used it is powered by the 8750 which has the power to pull the tanker at low revs on the 1000 rpm shaft to save on diesel at the high speed needed to match the tankers high output as it empties in 75 seconds.
Barrys also runs five other Redrock models, a 2000 gallon, two 2500 gallon, a 3000 gallon and a huge 4000 gallon model, all on tandem axles and sprung draw bars. One of the 2500 gallon models and the two larger models can be used to draw to the pipe system in the field when the distance is to great to pipe. The other two tankers have over hedge booms and can fill into any of the other three which have top fill hatches. Barry says its rare to have all five tankers drawing to the one system but if need be he can cater for it. All of these tankers are fitted with huge 750 tyres and if the conditions allow can be used to spread on the land. One of the two 2500 gallon tankers can also be fitted with a trailing shoe which is said to give the best results from your slurry. The 4000 gallon tanker is pulled by the 8750 and has both air and hydraulic brakes and euro brake away system should it ever break free. Barry said any of the other tractors could pull the rig but the 8750 with weighted rear wheels gives the grip needed while on the road. Barry tries to keep one driver to each tractor as this way theres no passing the buck should anything be broke or neglected. This is especially true while towing the 4000 gallon tanker. This is left to full time employee “wang” who has a hgv liscence to keep the rig well within the law.
Reseeding is also well catered for within the firm. A four furrow reversible plough currently takes care of all the ploughing but Barry says he has another furrow waiting to be put on if he purchases a bigger tractor which he hopes to do shortly. Two Rabbi power harrows are used to prepare the soil, one with a crumbler for reseeding, which is followed by a Moore unidrill for seeding, and one with a packer roller and air seeder combi for planting cereals. If need be the seeder can be pulled off the drill for use on reseeding jobs.
Hedge cutting keeps the fleet moving in the autumn month’s. Barry uses two McConnell flail cutters, one 2070 with a 23foot reach and one 7000 model with a 25foot reach. This gives him an edge over his competition, most of which use 17 meter machines.
On the silage front, mowing is taken care of using two trailed class disco mower conditioners, one of which has an auto swather for use when conditions aren’t favourable to leave the grass mowed flat for raking, behind two T130 tractors. Barry says the pair have no problem keeping in front of the harvester and remembers one day when conditions and favour allowed, he managed to mow 96 acres in a day with one mower, from 9:30am through to 1:30am the following day. He says that while he ate in the afternoon one of his workers came and dieseled up the tractor so little time was lost.
The 2002 FX 38 self propelled harvester, which arrived in the fleet in 2004 was changed last year for a new New Holland FR9050 and has two seasons done makes short work of the 2500 acres lifted each year and has no problem lifting the thirty foot swathes left by a class 880 rake which is usually used behind one of the mowing tractors when enough is mowed in front of the harvester.
Carting is taken care of by the remainder of the tractors, including a 8550 and 8150 that Barry hires from his father when needed, his own 8750 8150’s and the T160 (“my tractor”)he usually drives himself. Four Redrock fourteen ton trailers and one Fifteen ton trailer are used to ferry the crop to the pit.
On the pit, a Manitou 634-120 with 120hp, which Barry hires from his father is used to push in.
Whole crop silage is also dealt with by the FR9050 which has a crop processor fitted, using a finger bar type header, which typically cuts around 200 acres a year Barry points out that a disc type header would be more efficient, but with the small acreage cut each year and the big price tag, cannot be justified.
Other duties carried out by the firm include spreading manure and granulated lime with a 2.5 ton sulky broadcaster. This machine is programmed to the tractors forward speed and along with GPS fitted to the tractor is hugely accurate. With most manure now coming in jumbo bags, Barry can spread for any farmer without the necessary means of loading the bags as the sower is fitted with a self loading crane. At a cost of around £20 per ton and such accuracy it surely cant be passed.
During the winter months Barry also draws alot of round bales for farmers on his T130 with front end loader and low loader trailer.

With the huge work load carried out each year reliability is key to this firms success and it appears it gets no better than with the current Valtra fleet. Barry says the 8750, now showing 12,5000 hours will never be got rid of and along with the 135hp 8150’s he says he “would be let get rid of them” as they are firm favorites with his drivers. Barry has had several 8150 models in the fleet through the years including one “real fit one” which came to a sad end after it took off on a steep hill with a fully loaded manure spreader and was consequently wrote off. That tractor dyno’d at 163hp and that’s without ever being screwed up!

One things for sure, this man knows his tractors inside out and how to run a successful contracting business! Contact Barry on 07710821852.

New Holland over view

November 24, 2009

New Holland over view

All information was supplied by Cowan Bros New Holland dealers Eglinton C.o L Derry.
The nineties were hugely significant in tractor development. Technology started to soar with the introduction of electronic gears, linkage controls, push button PTO engagement to name but a few.
Here we take a look at New Hollands development through the nineties and up to the present day.

40 series 1991-99
In 1990, ford was enjoying much success with it’s range of tractors. The 10 series tractors sold in vast numbers in Europe and after the introduction of the companies super Q cab and their compact six cylinder 7810 100hp tractor they were a force to be reckoned with. This range was phased out in 1991 to make way for the new 40 series range, which although introduced in 91, it was 92 before they started to make their way onto dealers forecourts.
The range was mostly new from the ground up apart from a few well proven components. When released the range consisted of the 5640 (4cyl 75hp), 6640 (4cyl 85hp), 7740 (4cyl turbo 95hp), 7840 (6cyl 100hp), 8240 (6cyl 110hp) and the range topping 8340 (6cyl 120hp)
The early 40 series tractors are instantly recognisable by their white cab roof. Linkage could be specified as either manual or electronic on all models except the 8240 and 8320 which came with electrics lift as standard. Incidentally the electronic versions also had a manual lever which had to be pushed down past the fully down position to activate the external linkage controls. Continuously starting the tractor with the manual lever in the external position could cause the lift to become troublesome and need re-calibration to sort it out.
Gearbox options were SL 12/12with four gears and three ranges and a mechanical shuttle lever. SL/DP 24/24 which was the same as the SL box but had the addition of a button activated splitter on the gear stick which doubled the number of gears. SLE 16/16 which had two gears with four power shift steps in each and two ranges and a manual shuttle lever.
Gear changes on these models are known to be jumpy and its worth noting that on these tractors the solenoids which control the gearbox are internal so replacement mean as if may be trying to hide a s the gearbox needs to be opened.
The front axle was supplied by Carrero and is fairly trouble free. Just perform the usual checks for wear. At the back end, the four cylinder models share the same as the 7840 where as the 8240 and 8340 had a heavier design though it was possible to specify a 7840 with the heavier option. This can be checked by looking at the hub plates that the wheel studs go through. on the lighter back end this plate is around 7/8 of an inch and 1 1/4 inches on the heavier model.
The Power Star engines are known to be virtually bullet proof. Mechanic John Devine says its normal to see a 40 series tractor breath from the breather pipe and is nothing to worry about unless it’s considered to be excessive. John indeed states that if parked up over night after being worked hard it’s not unusual to see up to 10 drips of oil under the breather pipe. He mentions that there is a kit available from a TS model to cure this but it’s really nothing to worry about. Caution is advised if buying a tractor with this kit fitted as it may be trying to hide a deeper problem. Alternatively it may be that a meticulous owner just wanted to prevent the drips so its a case of buyer beware.
In 1994 New Holland changed the engine on the 8340 from 120hp straight six to 125hp turbo’d six cylinder both known to be reliable. Alot of 7840’s have been fitted with a turbo charger bringing them up to the same power as a 8340 but it’s worth noting that the 7840 had a 6.6 litre engine while the 8240 and 8340 had a 7.5 litre engine and so are less strained while working.
In 1993 ford changed the 40 series to feature a clutchless shuttle lever on the SLE gear box’s activated by a clutch button on the right hand shuttle lever. The solenoids were also moved to a position outside the gear box housing for easier access should anything go wrong. The gear box’s on SL and SLE’s were also changed from being linkage operated to cable operated for smoother shifting.
In 1995 ford changed the roof top from white to blue. Other changes at this time were the front axle being changed to a Fiat design, a slightly different dash and also slightly different interior.
1996 saw more changes as the merger with Ford and New Holland took hold. All tractors were now badged with the New Holland name up the bonnet and the NH leaf on the front cowling. The rear mudguards changed from tin to more durable plastic. The electronic hitch also changed to a three way rocker switch to alternate between manual, electric and external lift controls. The cad mounted hand rail now ran from the bottom from the top of the cab instead of half way up as on earlier models. The work lights also moved onto the handrail instead of cab mounted as before. It has been known for some earlier blue roof models to be badged as the New Holland models so check the above details to confirm a tractors age. Dynamic ride control also became an option at this time, giving cushioning to heavy rear mounted implements. These tractors have a lock in position on the electronic lift dial symbolised with a padlock.
The 8240 was dropped from the range in late 96 / early 97 and so are hard to find in New Holland spec.
Some things to watch out for are the swing out pick up hitch which wore badly. These can be re-bushed but it’s also known for them to be welded solid to drop only. Some tractors have Dromone hitches fitted which are known for their robust design and are a bonus on any prospective buy. On 8340’s it has been known for the “dumbbell” gear in the gear box to chip teeth during heavy transport work. This is hard to spot when only one tooth chips but when a second tooth inevitably goes a distinct noise will appear. Sumps nearly always leak a bit but will never come to any harm.

35 / L series 1996-2000
Introduced in 1996 the 35 / L series were available as a lower spec option to the four cylinder 40 series, perhaps more suited to the livestock sector.
The series was available in either Ford blue as the 35 series, or in Fiat brown as the L series. Both tractors are identical in all but colour.
The line up included the 4635/L60 with a 3cyl 60hp engine, 4835/L65 (4cyl 65hp), 5635/l75 (4cyl 75hp), 6635/L85 (4cyl T 85hp) and the range topping 7635 (4cyl T 95hp).
These tractors were the replacement for the Fiat 94 series and were indeed 95% 94 series based. The engine is the same as the 94 series has and is as such indestructible.
Gear box options were 12/12 four gears in three ranges with a manual left hand shuttle lever and 24/12 which gave the addition of two clutchless power shifts in all forward gears but was not available in reverse. All tractors have a dry clutch and dry PTO clutch as standard with electronically activated PTO optional.
The front axle is the same as on previous Fiats as well as post 1995 40 series tractors and is well proven. As alot of these tractors were fitted with loaders as new, check the front axle for wear as livestock farmers are notoriously afraid of grease. All wearing parts are replaceable at reasonable money.
Brakes are known to wear well, but if a tractor has been working on worn brakes for a long time, the filters can block resulting in the hydraulic pump burning out. These pumps should easily last 5-6000 hours but are cheap to replace at around £115. All 35 series tractors were optional with creeper gears. Ground drive was also an option on the Fiat derived back axle, something not available on any 40 series tractors.
The gearbox wasn’t the most user friendly and so could suffered if abused by heavy handed operators. Check that all gears engage as they should so there’s no synchro damage.
Simple operation, Fiat reliability and sloping front bonnet made these tractors very appealing to the livestock sector and as such are plentiful on the second hand market although some arable operators may find the lack of sophistication limiting.

TL series 1999-03
The TL series was launched in late 99 as the replacement for the 35 series. All tractors could be specified in the brown or blue colour scheme but brown models are scarce in the UK and IRE. The three cylinder model was dropped and so the range looked like this. TL70 (4cyl 70hp), TL80 (4cyl 80hp) TL 90 (3cyl T 90hp and the TL 100 (4cyl T 100hp)
This series of tractors is quiet similar to the 35 series and has the same robust Fiat engine. Gear box options are also the same with 12/12 all manual gears and left hand reverse lever, and 24/24 option. This differed firm the previous series in that both high and low power shift was available in reverse as well as the forward gears. This model also had the manual left hand reverse lever but had a hydraulic clutch. Cowan Bros report never having the gearbox out of a TL tractor, surely a testament to durability.
Another difference was the relocation of the exhaust from the bonnet to the left hand cab A post. These tractors all had a manual lift in the UK and Ire. An electronic version was made but never sold here.
All axles and drivetrain remained the same as well as the cab from the 35 series. If it ain’t broke!

TLA Series 2003-07
The TLA range of tractors replaced the TL models. The main difference was that the long serving Fiat engine was replaced with a Cummins engine to meet with tier 3 legislation.
The range included the TL70A (4cyl 70hp), TL80A (4cyl 80hp), TL90A (4Cyl T 90hp) and the TL100A (4cyl T 100hp).
As with the 35 and TL series, the TLA range was built in New Hollands factory in Italy.
Gear box options remained the same with 12/12 manual or 24/24 power shuttle hydraulic option. On the TLA tractors the power shuttle gear box could now be calibrated from the tractor seat instead of needing a laptop as with TL’s.
Differences include the exhaust switching to the right hand side of the cab and a different cab lay out. Electronic linkage was available as an option for the first time on this size of tractor and is described as being simple and reliable.
The dashboard on these models was also considered to be the brain and as such simple dash niggles could stop the tractor working altogether.
Back-end is as the previous models with up to 3 double acting spool valves available. Also on the list of options was ground drive PTO and creeper gears.

60 series 1996-2000.
Back to the six cylinder models now with the 60 Series which could also be specified in Fiat colours as the M series. The line up included the 8160/M100 (6cyl 100hp), 8260/M115 (6cyl 110hp), 8360/M135 (6cyl T 135hp) and the 8560/M160 (6cyl T 160hp).
Three transmission options were available. Classics 24/12 with five gears in four ranges all manual with a right hand manual shuttle lever. Dual command 24/12 with four gears with a splitter in each, three ranges and power shuttle as standard. Range command 18/6 semi power shift with three ranges and six gears in each range. A clutch button on the back of the drive stick (gear stick) had to be pushed along with the gear up thumb button to change between ranges. When reverse was selected medium range was selected automatically hence only six reverse gears.
The Fiat front axle was the same on the 8160 and 8260, as was the Fiat based back end. The 8360 had bigger front and back axles to cope with the rise in torque. The 8560 shared the same front axle as the 8360 but had a heavier duty back end with bigger reduction gears in the axle housing.
The open center hydraulics on the 60 series were the same as that used on F series Fiats and was well proven. Closed center hydraulics were an option bring oil flow up from 42/ltr/min to 75 ltr/min.
The rear linkage was also the same as the F series Fiats bar the pick up hitch which was the swing back type used on the 40 series and was prone to premature wear. This can be re-bushed at a cost.
The cab is essentially the same as the 40 series and has a roomy feel about it.
In 1999 some changes were made to the 60/M series. Bigger mirrors came as standard as did dynamic front mudguards which stopped turning at the side of the engine and allowed the wheels to turn at a greater angle allowing tighter turns. Leak off bottles had to be provided by law to catch any drips from the spool valve couplings. Instead of two batteries on pre 99 tractors, the newer models had only one bigger battery. The wheel rims also changed from the old 8 lug design to a solid design. The air conditioning panel was also upgraded at this time.
These tractors are still very popular with owners and users alike, the only draw back being that the synchros on the gear box do wear. These are relatively simple to change as the gear box doesn’t have to be opened to gain access. Clutch packs on D/C and P/C models do wear out but as Cowan Bros point out they are cheaper to replace than the dry clutch on the Classic models and usually last longer.

TM Series 2000-07

The TM range ran fro 2000-2007 and in this time there were plenty of changes to complicate things.
The range initially consisted of the TM125 (115hp), 135 (125hp), 150 (140hp) and TM165 (150hp).
In 2002 the models were updated to the Tm120 (125hp), 130 (131hp), 140 (144hp), 155(155hp) 175 (177hp) and 190 (194hp).
These tractors shared the same engine as the 60 series and the same Classics, Dual Command and Range Command gearbox options, but for the introduction of Power Command in 2003, full power shift gearbox.
These tractors were the first to offer New Hollands Super Steer front axle, which turns the front axle as well as the wheels, and Terraglide front axle suspension. Only one of the front axle choices could be specified at a time as the Super steer couldn’t be fitted with front axle suspension and vice versa. Cab suspension was standard on R/C and P/C models but those fitted with Classic or Dual Command gear box’s could not have cab suspension as they had mechanical gear changes. Classic models were also denied the option of front axle suspension. Classic gear box’ could only be specified up as far as the TM 140, and only the TM 140 upwards could avail of the Power Command gear box option.. The TM 175 and 190 could only be got with the Power Command option.
On the gear box front, early TM models from 2001-2003 had problems with the synchronisers on the range command box causing them to rip going into C range but this should all have been modified by now. Later Tm 155’s were fitted with a new wiring loom which left gear changes quite jumpy. New software down loads are available from New Holland to smooth the changes. Power Command gear box’s can be a little jumpy changing from 6-7th and 12-13th gears as an extra clutch pack has to be used to change these gears.
The Tm175 and 190 were an all new design and are known as the long wheel base models as the are 4 1/2 inches longer than the rest of the series. These were the first New Hollands to
offer electronic engine management.
The newer TM’s 03- differed in that they had inter-coolers fitted to the engine to comply with Tier 3 emissions and are recognisable by the mesh vent on the front of the bonnet. The battery had to be moved to make way for the inter-cooler and was now situated above the right hand diesel tank.
New Holland abandoned the premature wearing pick up hitch for a drop down only hitch with hydraulics push out available as an option. These had fewer moving parts than the swing out type and are far more robust.
50kph gearbox’s were an option on the LWB models which were fitted with brakes in the front hubs as well as hydraulically powered heavier back brakes to handle the extra momentum.
Early LWB TM’s went through a phase of NH modifications including soft wear upgrades to the engine and gear box to smooth operation. Brake master cylinders were also upgraded. It’s fair to say that the early LWB models did have a few teething problems, but these should all have been sorted out by now. By the end of production all niggles were well and truly sorted out making these models highly sought after on the second hand market. The Power Command gear box is known to zap a bit of power on transport applications as each clutch pack takes 5hp to drive and the Power Command gear box has nine of them. On PTO and heavy draught work these are defiantly top performers.
As for the shorter wheel base models, these are hugely popular and can command premium second hand prices. Most components are the same as those used in the 60 series and even the older Fiat F series tractors and as such are well tested and proven. Again clutch packs are wearing items on the R/C and P/C gear box’s but are cheaper to replace, and in most cases can outlast a dry clutch on a classic model. In my opinion the pluses of these automatic gear box’s far out weigh any of the wear issues that may arise.

Montgomery Bros Agri Contracts

November 22, 2009

Contractor profile Montgomery Bros Eglinton C.o L’Derry
Thirty years ago, Donald Montgomery of Montgomery Bros remembers when they
started to cut their own silage with a ford force 3000 tractor and 42″ JF side mounted
harvester. Shortly after they changed harvesters to a Bomford 42″ side mount which was
equipped with its own pick up hitch which meant quick coupling to trailers without having
to get off the tractor to remove/ refit pins in the trailers. Donald recalls one day when
things were going “powerfull well” they lifted 10 acres in 10 hours, quite a feat in those
days and a record for anyone in that area. “We were the men that day” Donald jokes.
“In the modern day you have to cut that in one hour or your goin’ nowhere” says Donald.
It was around this time that Montgomery Bros started to cut silage for a few neighbours.
The increase in work load led to them to look for more horse power in a Ford 4000 which
held the roll of main work horse for a number of years. It was upon seeing a Massey
Ferguson 1200 in action that Donald says they steered away from Ford for the
impressive output of these articulated tractors. The biggest Donald recalls was that with
no electric or hydraulic controls available for tractors at that time, the spout control
handle had to be extended to stretch over the flat body at the rear of the tractor to the
mid mounted cab. This tractor was at the time powering a Newholland 780 trailed
percision chop. The ford 4000 was still on the farm at this time, and while being well
liked, the Bros decided to look for more power in a ford 5000. However after contacting
the local dealer, they thought the tractor was too expensive. This led them to look
towards Cowan Bros just two miles away who at that time were Fiat main dealers. The
closed in engine bay and the availability of spool valves drew them to look at an 880
2wd. While apprehensive about the notoriously bad wearing body work on early Fiats,
they took the 880 out on demonstration and “she never went home again”. This was the
start of a long lasting relationship with Cowan Bros. Happy with the performance of the
880, the brothers then moved through the range as it came out. A 90-90, 100-90’s and
110-90’s all featured in the fleet before more horse power came in the form of an older
model 1580. This tractor was in turn superseded by a range topping 1880 180hp tractor.
A few years after the arrival of the 1880, Fiat merged with Ford to form Newholland
leading Montgomery Bros back to the blue oval by default as Cowan Bros were kept on
as Newholland dealers, one of only two dealers in Northern Ireland to be kept by the
1994 brought the next big change in machinery. After seeing a clean Newholland 1905
selfpropelled harvester in John McAllistars yard and deciding it would work out more
economically than a tractor/harvester combination, they took the plunge and purchased.
This harvester served well for three seasons before being changed for a Newholland
FX375 which gave a bit of trouble and so was changed for the first of three NH FX38’s.
Then, two years ago while looking to update again they decided a Claas Jaguar 890 was a
better purchase option. Donald recons after next year when the harvester is ready for
changing he will definitely look to see whats new with Newholland before purchasing.
Donald fondly remembers one day shortly after buying their first self propelled, crossing
the border into C.o Donegal to lift grass between Letterkenny and Mallin Head. While
they were working in the first field down a narrow back road, a crowd started to gather
fascinated by the size of this machine. “It was like a silage demonstration” remembers
Donald, but as the crowd grew the road became impassable forcing them to quit early
and finish the job the next day while people were at work. He still remembers the
comments of “that machine’s too big for this country”.
The firm has been exclusively running Newholland tractors now for up on fourteen years
apart from one Fiat 88-94, now showing over 10,000 hours, which is equipped with a
Quickie front end loader and has been kept to feed sheep on a hill farm. The
first Newholland tractors on the farm were a 7740 and an 8340. The next series 60
tractors were represented by an 8560 which was used to mow in front of the self
propelled with front and rear mounted mowers, and a 8360 which is still kept as an all
rounder capable of tackling most tasks and is a well liked machine. The Tm series on the
team include a Tm 120 and a 140, both with range command semi-powershift gear
box’s, and Tm155 and 190 fitted with Electro-command gear box’s giving full power shift
capabilities. The fleet also contains a range command TS115A and the fleet topping, all
singing all dancing T7050.
Montgomery bros Year starts out in the spring with potato planting. They plant 100 acres
for them selves along with around 120 acres of contract work. The preparation starts
with ploughing on either the TM 120 or 140 and a four furrow reversible Kevernland
plough. Then the Tm 120 moves in pulling a mounted 3meter deep till grubber to break
up the furrows and loosen the soil to a depth of around 12 inches. The ground is then
rotavated using a 3.5meter rotavator with 3 ridger bodies to form 2 beds for planting.
This is carried out using the T7050 which has the use full addition of auto steer which
eliminates overlap and keeps the beds straight. The TM140 and 155 then use two
Grimme destoners to clear the beds ready for planting which is the responsibility of the
TS115A and Grimme planter.
With the potatoes growing the firm turns its attention to silage. First the T7050 tosses
the grass using Claas butterfly mowers which can put the thirty foot swath into a single
row with two auto swathers mounted on the two rear mowers if the weather isn’t
promising, or spread out full width for rapid wilting. If mowed flat, the fleets only non
blue tractor, the fiat 88-94 moves in with a thirty foot rake to give the harvester
something to chew on. Donald jokes that in the summer time, his brother who drives the
Fiat complains that he’s the only one who’s denied the luxury of air conditioning for the
long summer days. The Claas Jaguar 890 then lifts the swathes filling 3 Redrock 12 ton
silage trailers and 1 14ton Red rock silage trailer. These are ferried to the pit using the
TM 155, 140 120 and the TS115A. A JCB 414s then handles the clamp using a 10 foot
push off buckrake. The T7050 came into its own when purchased new this year, as the
auto steer system means that overlaps are eliminated saving on ever more costly diesel.
Donald says that after setting an A-B line on the first run after taking the rounds off the
field the tractor then steers itself up and down the field parallel to the first run. When it
comes to cutting the swathe between two already cut swathes Donald says “you would
swear the mowers were going to miss a bit” but the outfit takes it down with
unbelievable precision.
With the grass all in, its time to lift the potatoes. The TM155 is used on the potato
harvester as the powershift “electro command” gear box provides rangeless gear
changes for ease of work. Any of the other tractors can be used to cart the trailers full of
potato box’s into storage.
Next its slurry time. Montgomery bros have two 2000 gallon tankers for spreading but a
“Slurry Kat” umbilical system is the high out put method and the easiest on ground as
the tractor in the field carries little more than its own weight and is shod on huge low
ground pressure tyres.The T7050 is again the tractor of choice as it has the weight to
grip in hills and the power to pull what can be quiet a weight of pipe dragging behind.
The TM 150 is used to power the pump used to lift the slurry from the tank and
pressurise it up the pipe to the field. A use full home made compressor used to blow the
slurry out of the pipe when finished, is mounted on the tractors front linkage and
powered by the front pto. This saves towing a self powered trailed compressor. The firm
currently uses a spreader bar in the field but Donald says they are seriously considering
buying a 12meter trailing shoe as if the wind is blowing the wrong way the whole outfit
ends up covered in the brown stuff and limits visibility. If the distance from the tank is
too far for the pipes to reach, the two tankers are used to ferry the slurry out to the field
and blow it up the pipe.
Not surprisingly, Donald’s two tankers are painted Newholland blue. When needed more
tractors and tankers can be hired in, can you guess what colour are? Donald says
he has a photo of the plant stopped for tea,totalling six Newholland tractors and blue
Donald tells me about the first 2000 gallon star tanker they bought in 1978, “the biggest
you could get at that time”, which they pulled with a Fiat 880 before acquiring the
MF1200 on the swinging drawbar. “at that time we were younger and had no sense” he
There’s no doubting the loyalty of Montgomery Bros to the Newholland brand. Great
dealer and Newholland back up is the key to there loyalty. “The Tm 140 dropped
a valve which shouldn’t have happened and even though out of warranty Newholland
stood over the repair” If there was one thing Donald would like to see improved it would
be the brakes which he says are a little soft, but with tractors now doing up to 50kmph
and trailers getting bigger and bigger its hard to pin the blame on the blue mark.
With a policy of changing his main line machines every three to four years and a firm
belief in optimising the latest technology, Montgomery Bros look well set to keep ahead
of the competition.
NH 8360
NH TM120
NH TM140
NH TM155
NH T7050
Fiat 88-94
Claas Jaguar 890
Claas Disco butterfly mowers
Claas 30ft rake
3x 12ton Redrock silage trailers
1x 14ton silage trailer
10ft push off buckrake
4 furrow reversable Kevernland plough
12ft Deep till grubber
12ft Rotovator with ridging bodies
2x Grimme destoners
Grimme potatoe planter
Grimmie potatoe harvester
Slurry Kat umbilical slurry system
2x 2000 gallon slurry tankers (Ruscon/Redrock)

William Lee fleet proifile

November 22, 2009

Growing up on a dairy farm which used Massey Ferguson tractors exclusively, it was
inevitable that when William Lee started contracting back in the early 90’s he would rely
on the red and grey brand to power him forward. William started out cutting grass
silage around his home in Belanalack C.o Fermanagh with a new MF 399 and a trailed
five foot Tarrup double chop. Carting at that time was left to a 2wd 390 and a mf240
took care of the buckraking with a Whylie push off. This 399 which had a lowline cab
with three gear sticks between the operators feet, was traded in for a high line model
with Masseys 12F/12R 40K gear box with the gears to the right of the seat, a dash
mounted mechanical shuttle lever, and tottaly flat floor.
On this model William remembers the tractor being to high geared for reversing in high
range and when pulling heavy loads if the engine was pulled down too much in high
first it was to time consuming to get it into medium range and back into gear in time to
mantain momentum as the main gear stick which has four gears in a H pattern, also
selected the range by pushing it further right and either forward or back. This 399 was
used to power a Pottinger MEX IV precision chop lifting ten foot swathes mowed down by
a 2wd MF 390T. At this time a cabless MF290 4wd handled the buckraking.
In 1996, looking for more power and modernisation, William again turned to
William Bells of Fivemiletown C.o Tyrone. This time he took delivery of a new MF 6180
with the well proven dynashift four speed powershift gear box. The move up in
horsepower led William to purchase a higher capacity MEX VI harvester for his growing
workload. A JCB 408 loading shovel was also bought to cope with the increase in the
speed at which grass came to the clamp.
In 1997 William bought a MF 4270 to take over mowing duties and a 6255 for carting.
After fitting an autoswather to the mower, which made the 4270 sweat, William found
the 6180 struggling with the 20ft swathes. Eager to keep up with the growing demand
for his services, in 1998 William again climbed the horsepower ladder. This time he
purchased a MF 8160. With 200 hp at his disposal, William opted for a bigger Taarup 10x
harvester, which in the right conditions could put away up to 70 acres. William was
impressed with the performance of the 8160 with his only grumble being that the clutch
was very jumpy. This was reset a couple of times by William Bells mechanics, but was
never just right.
The 6180 had a right hand shuttle lever, which had an electronic button making it
effectively a clutchless shuttle. This proved troublesome and was rectified by modifying it
back to a mechanical shuttle lever, which was also specified on the 8160.
During these years the 3000 series also featured with a new 3065 and a 3095 being
purchased for carting duties. The 3095 had what is known as an A/B forward reverse
shuttle which gave the option of a high or low reverse gear to be selected. This proved
to be a very unreliable gearbox and resulted in the tractor only serving one season in
the fleet. The 3065 had the well proven dynashift four speed powershift gear box and
worked well for three or four seasons, but as trailers got bigger was deemed too light
and was subsequently moved on. William remembers his 6255, bought new in 2000, as
being a “great tractor”, being used to cart grass in the summer and on the umbilical
slurry system in the winter with a set of low ground pressure tyres. The need for bigger
tractors in front of the growing trailers being the only reason for it moving on.
The 4270 is also fondly remembered as being well up to work and very reliable but if William was to do it again
he would have fitted it with a turbo to increase output. The 6255 was Williams first tractor to be fitted with MF’s Dyna 4 gearbox with the clutchless left hand shuttle lever, located beside the steering wheel doubling up as the powershift
In 2001, the need for higher output again brought change. This time the trailed
harvester gave way for a 1997 model John Deere 6710 2wd selfpropelled harvester.
With no more need for a 200hp tractor, William traded in his trusty 8160 for a
demonstrator model MF 8220 with 166hp. This tractor was put to work with a new
McHale Fusion balere and despite being described as a “lovely cumfortable tractor was
just a little underpowered for the combination baler/ wrapperand was traded in for a new
6490 in 2004 which is now the main mowing tractor in the fleet using a 10 foot front
mounted Vicon mower and a rear mounted 10 foot 6inch vicon. A MF6280 joined the
fleet in 2002. Again bought new from William Bells, it came fitted with front linkage to
carry the firms front mounted pipe reeler for the umbilical slurry system and took over
field duties from the 6255.
Two new Mf6480’s were purchased in 2005 to cope with the bigger silage trailers and
slurry tankers now being used. Both have the highly regarded dyna 4 gearbox. These
were joined by another 6480 in 2008 which was the last of the older models, the newer
models having Tier 3 engine emissioms and new styling. This 6480 has the newer Dyna
6 gear box which comes as standard, which while being well liked by the fleet drivers
has failed to convert William from being a “Dyna 4 man”. Having put up on 5000 hours
on his two Dyna 4 tractors William reports no major problems, only the occasional
sensor glitches. The Dyna 6 model. now showing just over 2000 hours has so far also
proved reliable. Its at this point that Willian remarks that he finds the older 6200 series
to be more comfortable than the 6400 models which need the rear cab bushings to be
replaced every two years. The newer 6480 along with the 6490 have cab
and front axle suspension which are a real comfort bonus. Another point to note is that
some of the older tractors William had had swing out pick up hitches which wore badly,
and if ballowed to go too long without attention could actually wear a hole in the back
end housing, something to watch out for.
In 2005, a John Deere 6850 with 4wd took the role as harvester. A 2003 model, William
rates it as a great machine which can really put away the acres. A MF 4355 and 30 foot
Kuhn rake follow the mower (which can be set to lay the grass flat to aid wilting) to help
keep the harvester working at its full potential. This 2002 classic model was bought
primeraly as a yard tractor and is now a headliner in the harvesting fleet. With a
manual lift and few electrics its a real “jump on and go” machine and is used all year
round. It provides the power for the farms Mixtech twin tub diet feeder (see youtube) in
the winter time to feed the farms 130 strong dairy herd plus folowers, and takes care of
most of the sowing and topping, as well as land leveling on reseed contracts. A real all
rounder, it recently received a new clutch, which after over 5000 hours is no shame to
this compact 100 hp tractor. A 399 is also part of the home fleet along with a 690 with
front end loader as a back up to the loading shovels.
On the loader front an 03 Redrock tm 300 fills the main roll. Used for pushing in grass,
filling the manure spreader and on a sheer grab in the winter, this has been a great
shovel. Now showing 6000 hours there are few negatives to report. When the
Redrock is out on hire a Wieldman 1460 takes over. A small and compact cabless
machine it can still m,ake light work of filling the diet feeder, feeding round bales and
bedding cubicles. Previous loaders include two Claas models, a 976 for one season and a
K50, both of which were plagued with problems. A JCB 408 was Williams first shovel and
worked well.
Today William’s business covers a wide range of tasks. While silage and slurry may be
the bread and butter work, the firm also carries out ploughing and reseeding, muck
spreading, as well as excavation work carried out with an 06 Cat 414 Cl zero swing
excavator with tow dump trailers available to keep things moving in the off season
An “If you want it done well do it” attitude ensures this pristene fleet keeps rolling.
2004 6490
2005 6480
2005 6480
2008 6480
2002 6280
2002 4255
1997 399
1986 690
2003 John Deere 6850
Year Make/model
2003 Redrock TM300
2005 Wieldmann 1460
2006 Cat 414CL
4 furrow kuhn reversable plough
3m heavy duty power harrow with 3m air seeder for one pass cultivation
6m Einbuch grass seeder
Vicon 10 foot 6 inch trailed mower conditioner
Vicon 10 foot 6 inch rear mounted mower conditioner
Vicon 10 foot front mounted mower
30 foot Kuhn rake
2 kane 15 foot silage trailers on 550 tyres
2 Donnelly 13 amd 14 foot silage trailers on 550 tyres
Johnston 14 foot cattle/silage trailer
Ruscon 16 ton lowloader
McHale Fusion round baler wrapper combo
Vicon 135 round baler
Vicon round bale wrapper
Slurry Kat umnilical slurry system with Doda pump
Redrock 2000 gallon recessed wheel tanker
Redrock 1600 gallon recessed wheel tanker
Abbey 9 ton multi spreader
2 Redrock slurry pumps (high flow/ super flow)
Spearhead hedge cutter
Mixtech twin tub diet feeder
Grass/ silage cutting
Round baling
Slurry spreading (umbilical/tankers)
Muck spreading
Hedge cutting
Dump trailer hire
Teleporter/shovel hire
Tractor and driver hire.

Ford Force buyers guide

November 10, 2009

The ford force range, launched in 1968 was a long way ahead of the models they replaced. The main changes were an upgraded cylinder block with a screw on oil filter and the smaller 2000 and 3000 gained the same gear box as the bigger models with eight forward and 2 reverse gears.

The most popular model then, and arguably still now was the four cylinder 5000. With 75 hp and a well balanced chassis it was well regarded as a top performer. The four cylinder turbo 95 ford 7000 was introduced in late 1971. In 1974 the 5000 and the 7000 gained the Dual power change on the go splitter along with two speed pto.

The range also included the three cylinder 2000 (37hp), 3000 (47hp) and 4000 (62hp)

The basic mechanicals and compact dimensions made these tractors desirable when new as well as now.



The engine block was the thorn in the side of the Ford force models. Notorious for turning porous, many will have been fitted with the after market cross block much to the disdain of many enthusiasts as it takes away from the originality of the tractors. We fitted a New Holland stamped block to our own 4000 around ten years ago as it seemed more cost effective than re-boring and sleeving. This is instantly recognisable by the external cross pattern and is a sure way of knowing if the block has been changed.

As always, check the state of the oil as a milky colour will signal the engine needing a complete overhaul due to water contamination. Also beware of tractors emitting oily smoke from the breather pipe as this is also a sign of bad health.

These tractors were known to be good starters even from cold so try to ensure this is still the case.


The 8speed gear box is widely regarded as being bullet proof and should be of little concern. On 5000/7000 models fitted with dual power, check that the high/low gears engage as they should as if not then it’s likely that the dual power unit has failed and will require the tractor to be split to replace. Also check around the split pin on the bell housing for oil leaks. If there is then the input or out put seals will have perished which will involve splitting the tractor to replace.

Any tractor with the select-o-speed transmission should be a “stand clear” as they were regarded as being ahead of there time, under engineered and unreliable.



The 4000/5000/7000 models have an independent hydraulically operated power take off which was a huge plus point as it could be engaged / disengaged without having to clutch or stop the tractor when in motion.

Check that the pto spline starts and stops as it should as if not the tractor will need to be split to fix the pto brake or clutch plate.



Years of hard work can take there toll on the rear linkage. Check that the lift can hold itself up under load, not needing to correct itself at much less than 30 second intervals. Any more and this can signal weak seals. Also if you can load the linkage and pull out the auxiliary button, (under the seat), check that it can support the load without dropping to rapidly as this also shows wear on the seals.


Front axle:

Pay close attention to the steering splines and the king pins. Any more than a half inch gap will mean the bottom thrust bearing has failed and needs replacing. If not caught in time it may be necessary to rebuild the stub axle with weld and re machining it or replace the unit. Similarly check the state of the front axle pin and the steering for wear.

As a whole the size, balance and sparky performance of these tractors made them stand out from the rest, and apart from the porous block these were well made machines.

Case over view

October 27, 2009

Case over view.


The case 4200 series (4210 70hp, 4220, 77hp 4230 82hp 4240 92hp) launched in 1993, came with three cab options. Low profile, XL and pro. The low profile cab version had only one assistor ram for the linkage where as the other two models had two.

Two transmission options were available. Shuttle and power shift. The shuttle box had 8F/4R gears with a mechanical shuttle lever mounted to the left of the steering wheel. The Power shift model had 16F/4R gears, double that of the shuttle option, with a clutch less splitter gear mounted on the gear stick, but lost the left hand reverser. Notably on the shuttle model only, the dry clutch plate was known to fail making it nearly impossible to change gear. This was only ever an issue when the tractor was running really hot so try to make your prospective buy work. One effective solution was to fit a larger 11 inch clutch from a case-IH 885.


The 5100 series, launched in 1990 were a step up in modernisation on the out going 56 series tractors which were well liked by their owners.

The series included the 5120 (90hp) 5130(100hp) 5140(117hp) and the range topping 5150(125hp). The 5120 had a four cylinder turbo engine, the 5130 was a naturally aspirated 6 cylinder while the two larger models were turbo’d 6 cylinder engines.

These were the first case tractors to feature electronic linkages as standard. These are fairly trouble free.

The transmission featured a four speed power shift in each gear operated by a four stage clutch less all forward and back leaver. When the pro models were launched the power shift moved to a four stage thumb sliding switch on the main gear lever. The pro range also up’d power out put by between four and seven horse power. These tractors had a left hand power shuttle for effortless direction changes, three spool valves and intermittent wind screen wiper setting.

A 30k synchro model was also available on the 5100 series but a 40k kit and a front wheel braking kit are available for better pace on the road. This model lost the power shift function but retained the power shuttle.

5100 series tractors are known to suffer from fading, flaking paint which can make them look aged prematurely. The mad guards are also known to rot prematurely especially the nearside which is more susceptible to dirty ditches.

In the linkage, solenoid problems can be a common occurrence especially if over exuberant with the power washer.

One rather annoying point of these tractors was the road bounce which compromised comfort.


The MX Range

Staying with the six cylinders, the 5100 series was replaced by the MX range in1997. They originally featured the MX 110, 120, and 135 models. These were joined in 1998 by the MX 150 and 170. Model numbers are the same as there horse power.

All the range was powered by a 6cylinder  turbo Cummins engine.

The later 150 and 170 models benefitted from a heavier duty crown wheel and pinion in the gearbox.

The earlier tractors had a nasty habit of breaking the four wheel drive shaft due to torque wind up in the transmission when braked hard from high speed. Any earlier models should have had gearbox modifications to fit a carrier bearing in the gearbox, so try to determine if this has been done.


The CS models.

The CS range was originally made up of the 4cyl cs78, 94 110 and 6cyl 150, launched in 1998. They were joined by the 4cyl CS 75, 86 100 and 6cyl 120 and 130 in 2002. All model numbers denote horse power.

Starting with the 4cyl models. These tractors could be specified with either a manual or electric linkage and only came with a manual shuttle. They were a great going tractor with plenty of spark and compact dimensions. The gear box can be an issue on all but the 110 which had the same transmission as the larger 6cyl models and is so unstressed.. Check if when you start the tractor and select high range that the tractor doesn’t jump back out of gear. If this happens it’s a sign that the oil pressure is low in the gearbox which means worn pistons or rings inside the gear box. The pto was also susceptible to damage as they had a push button clutch which is worked hydraulically. This button had to be pushed to disengage drive to the pto before selecting pto speed. This system worked well if used correctly. If not the gears can crash together, sheering the gear teeth.

None of the CS models have a pto brake so when driving heavy implements the pto will slowly wind to a halt when disengaged.

Some say the CS 110 is under powered as a result of having to drive the larger back end.

Some CS 110’s suffered from a cracked block when still relatively new. The cracks all appeared behind the starter motor so while case did stand over the engines and any with signs of weakness should be sorted out, it may be worth looking for signs of an oil leek behind the starter.

The CS 130 and 150 are regarded as being among the best produced by case and largely bullet proof. The one week spot is the fuse box that for some strange reason kept blowing. This could be the reason for any electrical woes but its worth knowing that a replacement can cost up to £300



The case CVX models include the 130, 150 and 170 (01-04) the CVX 1135, 1145, 1155, 1170, and 1190 (04-06) and the latest CVX 140, 150 160, 175 and 195.

These models were the first to offer infinitely variable transmission which was the latest in gearbox technology. This allowed the tractor to be operated at any forward/reverse speed independent of engine rpm so making it a perfect match for any implement or application. This feature along with a 50k top speed meant the tractor worked a lot more efficiently resulting in significant fuel savings.

As with any new technology, the first years were not without there niggles. Case carried out modifications to ensure all went as smooth as possible. Gear box stepper motors occasionally have to be changed but this can be done without splitting the tractor as the gearbox can be taken out the side of the transmission housing.

The huge spec of these machines also includes electronic spool valves although these can prove troublesome as years pass. Front axle suspension was also standard. On the early models the front axle pivot points had no grease nipples. This led to excessive wear, something to look out for as a re bush is expensive. Later models have grease nipples and brass bushings. On badly worn examples the front axle can wind up under braking causing the tractor to kick back when finally stationary.

Well maintained examples command strong resale values, a testament to this versatile machine.



The MXM range introduced in 2002 were the replacement for the MX range. The range consisted of the MXM 120(124hp) 130(131hp) 140(144hp) 155(155hp) 175(176hp) and the range topping MXM 190(194hp)

The four smaller models were all the same design were as the 175 and 190 shared a longer wheel base. The range was similar in design to its new Holland sister but features some key differences.

Unlike NH, Case MXM tractors had a choice of full power shift transmission with a standard 18F/6R gears. This used more clutch packs than the semi power shift version to give clutch less range changes.

The top two models had an option of a semi automatic transmission which could change up or down two gears from a preset gear according to engine speed and load to optimise performance, and a 50k option.

The semi power shift transmission gave the same number of gears as the power shift but changing between ranges requires pushing a button on the back of the gear lever.

Another option was the classic mxm120 which had an all mechanical transmission. The classic could also be specified with mechanical linkage instead of the top line electronic control.

The semi power shift is by far the most popular gearbox on this model and can suffer if abused.  Gear Sychro’s  can wear out as well as clutch packs. The former makes itself known by ripping into gear violently and is costly to repair. The gears do tend to need calibrating now and again to calm gear changes This can be done from the tractor seat when the oil is hot.

The pto came with 540, 750 and 1000 rpm settings as standard. A squeeze and pull knob engages pto and push to stop. Look out for leaking pto seals as they are fairly hard to replace.



The JXU models (03-05) include the 70(72hp) 80(82hp) 90(91hp) and 100(100hp).

These models are very popular and D.A Forgie CASE have sold many to satisfied customers. The shared many if not all components with the new holland TL range.

A 4cylinder 4.2L turbo  charged engine provides plenty of power to these compact nimble tractors, a lot of which were supplied with loaders. Some things to look out for are faulty seat switches . These simple components can cause the pto to fail and the dash board to light up and beep consistently but are not expensive to replace. Also an electrical box for the gearbox could wear out. This can show itself by being either violently jumpy on shuttle direction changes or the tractor simply wont move so it’s easy to detect.

They could be specified with either a manual of electric lift and had a power shuttle transmission with a high/low splitter on the gear stick.

The later JXU 1070, 1080,  1090 and 1100 models, (05- )were an updated version of the fore mentioned and brought changes to the brain of the tractor, and new solenoids for the gear changes.




The JX is Case’s low frills and even lower budget offering aimed mainly at the stock sector. The line up contains the JX 60 (60hp), JX 70 (72hp). JX 80 (82hp), JX 90 (88hp) and the JX 95 (95hp).

While advertised as a low spec machine, case is keen to point out the user friendliness of the JX machines. The two smallest models in the range feature a fully synchronised 12F/4R 40k gearbox, where as the 80, 90 and 95 have a 12F/12R 40k gearbox. Both can be specified with a 20F/12R creeper transmission.

The JX is likely to be a big hit with stock farmers and as a loader tractor thanks to its compact dimensions, excellent 360 degree view and its simplicity making it easy to just jump on and drive.



Staying with Cases low to medium horsepower tractors, the JXU models JXU75 (76hp), 85 (86hp), 95 (95hp) and 105 (106hp), offer a higher specification than the JX. The range has a 24F/24R 40k power shuttle transmission which includes a two speed power shift as standard. However, Case also provide a mechanical shuttle as an option for those who prefer. A creep speed is also an option providing speeds as lox as 200 meters per hour at rated speed.

At the rear, a choice of mechanical or electronic linkage is available. The mechanical linkage has a convenient, easy to use quick raise and lower switch as standard where as the electronic version has all this plus exterior fender mounted, raise and lower buttons for safe and controlled attachment to implements.

Lift capacity is between 3900kg and 5850kg depending on specifications.

This is just a glimpse of the features on this range.



Case also offers a one model CS 105 PRO. Developing 102hp from its 4cylinder turbo’d and intercooled diesel engine, and 500 hour service intervals, this is an extremely economical tractor to run.

The transmission has four speeds in both high and low range each with a two speed power shift which doubles the gears for optimum performance. 4900kg maximum lift capacity and 86liters/minuite max pump flow is standard. The Case multicontroller is also an option along with an integrated performance monitor for optimum performance.

To appreciate the full potential of this top line machine, contact D.A Forgie.


Maxxum X-Line

The Case Maxxum X-Line is a five model line up consisting of two 4cylinder models, the 100X (101hp), and the 110X (112hp), along with three 6cylinder models, 115X (117hp), 125X (126hp) and the range topping 140X (141hp) topping the range.

Classified as a multi-task tractor for high productivity, the X-Line has been developed to be an excellent all rounder, ideal for loader work as well as having an excellent power to weight ratio for transport applications.

With a choice of 16F/16R semi-power shift  gearbox, or a 24F/24R manual box with a thumb operated two speed power shift , there’s a spec to suit any operator/ application.

Standard equipment includes 540/economy540/1000 rpm with automatic cut of re-engagement when raising and lowering implements, to reduce fuel consumption and noise, and a loader visibility window in the roof for complete loader control.



This range is made up of three 4 cylinder models, Maxxum 110 (112hp), 120 (121hp) and the 130 (132hp), along with the 6 cylinder 115(117hp), 120 (126hp) and the 140 (141hp). All models feature a power boost of up to 26hp available for transport and pto work. These tractors provide the next step up in sophistication from the X-Line.

The multicontroller provides a level of automation that can step your business up a gear. Featuring power shift transmission controls, shuttle controls and remote spool valves on the one right hand console means an ease of use welcome during those long days in the field. A 50k version is available on all models in the multicontroller range.

7868kg of maximum lift force, and 113 l/min max hydraulic output ensure the MAXXIUM MULTICONTROLLER is up to the most demanding tasks.

High spec as standard and a welcome level of comfort make these tractors stand out in there class.



“For those who demand more”. That’s how Case describe there Puma range of tractors. The six model, 6.75litre, 6cyl range covers from 142hp to213 hp with up to 37hp extra available under specific conditions for transport and pto applications. The Puma range features the latest Multicontroller III option, which puts full power shift and power shuttle control, along with linkage and remote spool valve all on the one lever for ultimate control at your fingertips.

Rear linkage maximum capacity is between 8257kg and 8650kg and maximum hydraulic output is between 113 and 150l/min making use of its 6850kg minimum weight (on top four models).  Standard front linkage has 3900kg maximum lift.

The power shift gearbox has 18F/6R gears all available without clutching as standard, with the 50k version having one extra forward gear.

The options list includes front pto, front axle suspension, creeper gears plus 50k and a host of cab options , all helping to see Case pull firmly into the 21st century.