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Compact Tractor Comparison

By richard - Posted on 15 January 2009

A variety of configurations. Features that once only appeared on high-horsepower models are now available on utility models in the 50 to 80 HP. They include on-the-go shifting, full cabs, higher-flow hydraulics, and front-wheel drive. The wide range of tractor configuration options is the transmission. Mechanical Transmisions have long been the norm. Hydrostatic transmissions are quite different. The advantage of hydrostatic systems is infinite gear range. Synchronized mesh transmissions are designed to allow smooth on-the-fly shifting. SynchroShuttle shift allows you to shift from forward to reverse without clutching. When comparing horsepower, consider the type being stated. Three different ratings are used. Brake horsepower, PTO horsepower, and Drawbar horsepower. PTO horsepower is the most common. Tractors being tested and evaluated were Case IH JX70, Farmall 55, John Deere 5303, and 5325, Mahindra 6030, and 7520, Massey Ferguson 573, and 3625, Montana U5784, New Holland TD80, and T4030. The evaluators did have some favorite features. Case IH JX70, nice cab with air. Farmall 55, great turning radius, and joystick is positioned well. John Deere 5323, has more options than the 5303. Mahindra 7520, good engine power and hrdraulic response. Massey Ferguson 3625, easy to shift, PTO, and 4wd engagement. Montana U5784, surprising power and response for a small tractor. New Holland T4030, ease of attaching the loader.