New Tractor - Which has best build quality / reliability?

New Tractor Build Quality - which is best?

  • Case

    Votes: 13 7.9%
  • New Holland

    Votes: 18 10.9%
  • Deutz

    Votes: 9 5.5%
  • Fendt

    Votes: 28 17.0%
  • John Deere

    Votes: 48 29.1%
  • Massey Ferguson

    Votes: 16 9.7%
  • Valtra

    Votes: 18 10.9%
  • Landini

    Votes: 1 0.6%
  • McCormick

    Votes: 2 1.2%
  • Zetor

    Votes: 8 4.8%
  • JCB

    Votes: 4 2.4%

  • Total voters
    165
Still considering brands of new tractor here and I’ve always had an appreciation for good quality.

What are people’s thoughts as to the most reliable and well made brands of new tractors?

Leaving cost out of the equation.
 

james ds

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Location
leinster
I have valtras here for 25 yrs now , they are probably the most common high houred frontline tractor I see working , with contractors running them up over 20-25000 hrs . The new t4 are brilliant tractors , I have 1220 hours on a t254 100% issue free. I also bought it for €40 k less than a fendt.
 
I have valtras here for 25 yrs now , they are probably the most common high houred frontline tractor I see working , with contractors running them up over 20-25000 hrs . The new t4 are brilliant tractors , I have 1220 hours on a t254 100% issue free. I also bought it for €40 k less than a fendt.
Why are there not more in the country so James.i know lads that bought t series ones and said they nearly broke them on gearbox repairs?
 
Why are there not more in the country so James.i know lads that bought t series ones and said they nearly broke them on gearbox repairs?

Guy who does some work for me had a gearbox issue on a new T series, ended up swapping it for another new Valtra on a dealer deal it had only done 600 hours.

They all break down my main contractor had a fendt724 sat in my yard 3 days being repaired, was only an idler bearing but it tripped something electronic and turned into a major job.

My thoughts are but the brand with the nearest backup dealer to you and constantly swap it keeping it within warranty or go and buy serveral second hand tractors for the price of a new one and if it brakes down just grab a spare from the yard
 

james ds

Member
Location
leinster
Why are there not more in the country so James.i know lads that bought t series ones and said they nearly broke them on gearbox repairs?
There would be a lot more if there were more dealers, gearboxes gave trouble that were abused , like reversing with big loads in the high box with your foot half on the clutch, burning out reverse packs .
 

Chae1

Member
Location
Aberdeenshire
Look at the tractor sales figures JD have been Out front for a long time now . I have one that this year has been an absolute nightmare with breakdowns ... so would I have another , yes definitely as it’s being sorted . JD aftercare in my experience is excellent.
So its not really best built/reliable?

We are the same, we run new Hollands but wouldn't say there best built and most reliable. Good dealer and backup. Closest also.

Fastrac most reliable tractor we run, but local dealer not up to much.
 

Bob lincs

Member
Arable Farmer
So its not really best built/reliable?

We are the same, we run new Hollands but wouldn't say there best built and most reliable. Good dealer and backup. Closest also.

Fastrac most reliable tractor we run, but local dealer not up to much.
That one isn’t but the others are fine ..... I’m going to wish I hadn’t said that !,,
 

dowcow

Member
Location
Lancashire
It can vary within one brand, from model to model. For instance, there's at least 3, maybe 4 ranges that can provide a 120hp tractor from Case/New Holland. The smallest might seem a bit light, while the biggest might seem quite over engineered. I think it's fair to say any tractor being pushed to its limits will start to test the build quality over one with extra capacity to spare.

Or is it a question of "Which brand has the most/least Friday Afternoon Specials?"
 

Will 1594

Member
Arable Farmer
Look at the tractor sales figures JD have been Out front for a long time now . I have one that this year has been an absolute nightmare with breakdowns ... so would I have another , yes definitely as it’s being sorted . JD aftercare in my experience is excellent.
We had a small problem on a older jd , asked the question ,about it jd ,fixed they stood parts we payed labour , would not have any other brand as ,smack between two superb deere dealers ,service and back up from burgess and doubledays cannot be beaten ,
 

james ds

Member
Location
leinster
Seems to be quite a few threads asking for help with problems on fendts so the most expensive aren’t always the best, better to pick a brand with the best backup as they ALL breakdown sometime
I know of 4 contractors who went to fendt and have all gone back to cheaper brands . They weren't use to the big repair bills.
 
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