So I want an older Fastrac - Am I mad?

So I've been toying with he idea of selling some non agriculture related bits and bobs in order to fund a Fastrac, something early 2000's around 120-150hp with or without 4ws its not do on any particular job but just to have handy around the farm some towing and light pto work. The horror stories seem endless particularly with the electrics tho there's a nice chap on youtube singing the virtues of fastracs. Are they money pits or are they handy machines? im guessing both :) 1135's 2135's any opinions ?
 

Chae1

Member
Location
Aberdeenshire
We've a 1997 1135, its a bit of a luxury only done 7000 hours. When 2170 goes onto a trailer at harvest i put the rowcrops on 1135 and it does glyphosate spray, backend it goes on flotations for pre emerge and first sprays in springtime.

Doesn't really give any bother. Only got offered 10k as trade in. If anyone would like to offer me significantly more i may be persuaded to part with it. Only 3 former owners including myself and @dirty harry.
 

Fendtbro

Member
We ran a 2140 from 500 to 8000 hours on dump trailer work, gave very little bother and was chipped to about 160hp. The wee thing literally moved mountains but was well serviced. The only real problems involved the clutch wire broke inside the loom and was hard to find, but it did almost torch itself when the main feeds rubbed and shorted just above the battery. Caught just in time and fuses were fitted for safety. The only trouble in operation was that the clutch bite point moved about a bit, made it a bit jerky sometimes.
 

OGB

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Leicestershire
...all the nuts they eat :ROFLMAO:

...seriously though...
check over potential machine thoroughly. At that age majority are high hour, poorly maintained machines requiring a lot of work..(know of 2 1135's) also clutch issues in the early ones, along with shuttle problems! Usual checks as standard... uj's, steering, leaks, smoke etc. etc. will give an opinion of use

not knocking them though, still a decent tractor for trailer work... and they're bound to become sought after for collectors in time :unsure:
 

charlie850

Member
We have a 155-65 &3185 & 2140 and have been ok to be fair ,have had the occasional problem but what machine doesn’t?? And have been a lot more reliable then the MFs and MB Tracs they replaced
Try look for a 2140 nice compact tractor with a Cummins engine and a lot quieter cab then a 1135
 

Two Tone

Member
Mixed Farmer
Today, I ploughed 2 fields with my Fastrack 2155, totalling 30 acres, then took the plough off and put the sprayer on and sprayed 25 acres of OSR against the dreaded CSFB
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Two Tone

Member
Mixed Farmer
That’s an exceptionally good bit of ploughing you are doing there @Two Tone
Thank you.
Conditions are good this year and it is mostly ploughing like a garden.
Normally, we plough using a NH 7050. I’ve used the Fastrac before for ploughing occasionally and this year decided to use it for all the ploughing.
It is comfortable and pulls every bit as well as the NH.
I have to use the NH on the combi- drill, because it needs to get a speed sensor from the tractor, which the Fastrac doesn’t have and it would struggle to lift the drill anyway.
But apart from that, there is nothing the Fastrac cannot do, that any other tractor can.
As the NH was on the drill, I thought I’d use the Fastrac on the plough, and reminded myself that it does so as well, if not better the the NH.
 

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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