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


Do you still use Fendt and how do you rate them?
These were a late 80's 612 and an early 90's 395, so old school fendts that were supposed to be reliable. These machines were put together in such a way that any trouble in the back end pretty much wrote them off, as they are unbelieveably difficult to work on. The main dealers were quoting about 5k just to strip out and rebuild the back end in labour alone and the 395 needed 10k worth of new parts so 15k just to repair the gearbox on a tractor that's worth 10k. Utter non starter.. luckily a main dealer found a secondhand gearbox to rob for parts but it still cost a fortune and the tractor sat in pieces for 2 years.. In my opinion Fendt should be doing what the premium earthmover Cat do with their classic parts and support the old stuff with sensible pricing. The 612 got sold for a mb 1500, which is far more sucessfull despite having done 16'000 odd hours and the 395 clocks 600 odd hours a year on loader work. God knows how the newer ones get on with far more complicated systems...

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  • Yes

    Votes: 23 15.4%
  • No

    Votes: 126 84.6%

JCB launches Fastrac ‘iCon’

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Written by Charlotte Cunningham from CPM Magazine

JCB has launched new Fastrac 4000 and 8000 Series tractors with an all-new electronics infrastructure which is claimed to deliver higher levels of performance. According to JCB, the new Fastrac iCon operator environment has three key features: iConfigure – creating a bespoke control experience for every operator iConnect – integrating advanced precision agriculture technology iControl – redefining operation through new driveline software The 175hp to 348hp (133kW to 260kW) Fastracs feature the new iCon armrest console and touch-screen display to provide flexibility in operator allocation and operator information, as well as a new transmission control strategy to enhance operator comfort and powertrain efficiency, says the manufacturer...