Fastrack 4220

saly123

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Location
Wales
Just curious on thoughts on these for ploughing.? And does anybody plough with a press.? Wondering what visibility would be like using a press...
thanks.
 

saly123

Member
Location
Wales
We had a demo 4220 and did some ploughing, driver thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. Just taken delivery of a used 4220 and I am very pleased so far. Visibility not brilliant when hitching up, but when you are using it the comfort is impressive.
Was your driver pulling a press with plough.?
 

Fendtbro

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Now we've not tried ours on the plough, mainly as I have a good contractor for that.. but would think that is the one job it will struggle more with. I'm sure it will be fine in good conditions but 220hp fastrac has to compete with a 724 and it just won't with little back wheels when the going gets steep and wet.. The 4220 has to be able to deal with 5 furrows in these conditions and 6 furrows in good going. Even with plenty of ballast, when the tractor is trying to dig in on a steep climb, the rear wheels are doing nearly all the work with the weight of 5 furrows loaded with ground. The best way to achieve grip is a long contact area from tyre to ground and that is what the fastrac does not have.. The salesmen keep suggesting dropping tyre pressures, but that is only possible if the endrigs are fairly level.. start dropping pressures with a long beam 5 furrow hanging swung out the side and on any real sidehill you will have the tyre folded in half and the rim running on the ground.. not nice. i'm convinced that taller wheels will always offer more grip but if other people have found otherwise then i'm happy to be proven wrong as the 4220 is a great machine!
 

KB6930

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Location
Borders
I 've not got a press but when I had one on demo I ploughed with it and was very impressed when o dropped the tyre pressures and as above I was very impressed by the visibility to the front furrow so can't see a press being any issues whatsoever
 

grass man

Member
Just curious on thoughts on these for ploughing.? And does anybody plough with a press.? Wondering what visibility would be like using a press...
thanks.
Just been watching George Saunders on you tube, fastrac versus fendt on 6 furrows. Don't know how much harder it is to get grip 'on land' for the fendt but I'm very very impressed with the fastracs performance. Ploughing side by side in the same field so can't get a better test than that
 

charlie850

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Now we've not tried ours on the plough, mainly as I have a good contractor for that.. but would think that is the one job it will struggle more with. I'm sure it will be fine in good conditions but 220hp fastrac has to compete with a 724 and it just won't with little back wheels when the going gets steep and wet.. The 4220 has to be able to deal with 5 furrows in these conditions and 6 furrows in good going. Even with plenty of ballast, when the tractor is trying to dig in on a steep climb, the rear wheels are doing nearly all the work with the weight of 5 furrows loaded with ground. The best way to achieve grip is a long contact area from tyre to ground and that is what the fastrac does not have.. The salesmen keep suggesting dropping tyre pressures, but that is only possible if the endrigs are fairly level.. start dropping pressures with a long beam 5 furrow hanging swung out the side and on any real sidehill you will have the tyre folded in half and the rim running on the ground.. not nice. i'm convinced that taller wheels will always offer more grip but if other people have found otherwise then i'm happy to be proven wrong as the 4220 is a great machine!
Fastrac does have different weight contribution compared to a standard tractor and the 4220 with its suspension should contribute more weight to front
Local farm near me bought a 4220 and one of the reasons for buying 1 was how well it managed a 6f Kuhn plough in not so ideal conditions
 

Foxcover

Member
Superb, haven’t used one on a plough but in furrow they’d be brill as you’re on 540 or 600 tyres which will grip well and not trample ploughing.
As I’ve mentioned previously, had one for 3 days on trio, corn cart and carrier. On trio it wiped the floor with a JD7230.
Didn’t want to get off it!
 

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