Top Trac­tor Shootout pre­view

The quest is on to find the best-value-for-money trac­tor of 2016

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Afull year has rolled by since Massey Fer­gu­son claimed vic­tory in the 2015 Top Trac­tor Shootout held last year in New Zealand.

This year, Farms and Farm Ma­chin­ery and Trade Farm Ma­chin­ery. are bring­ing the pres­ti­gious event back to Aus­tralian soil. Pro­ceed­ings will take place at Wer­ribee Park Man­sion, one of Vic­to­ria’s most iconic agri­cul­tural locations.

Over two days, the judges will scru­ti­nise six trac­tors in the 80 to 100hp bracket. The trac­tors will be pit­ted head-to-head against each other, with the even­tual win­ner awarded best val­ue­for-money trac­tor of 2016.

Rep­re­sent­ing New Zealand on the two-man judg­ing panel this year is Jaiden Drought, tech­ni­cal ed­i­tor of NZ’s Farm Trader

Mag­a­zine, and join­ing him is his Aus­tralian coun­ter­part, our own tech­ni­cal ed­i­tor Tom Dickson.

They have de­cided to put on hold any lin­ger­ing trans-Tas­man ri­valry, agree­ing that the trac­tors will re­main the fo­cus of their at­ten­tion for the du­ra­tion of the event!


Jaiden is a mas­sive fan of all types of farm ma­chin­ery, both large and small. He loves noth­ing bet­ter than get­ting his hands on, and test­ing, any new piece of ma­chin­ery.

His great sense of hu­mour and nat­u­ral sto­ry­telling gifts make his re­views an en­ter­tain­ing read.

Born and bred in Taranaki New Zealand, Jaiden grew up on dairy farms and is now jug­gling his Farm Trader tech­ni­cal ed­i­tor role with sharemilk­ing, farm man­age­ment and a con­tract­ing busi­ness.

While ad­mit­ting that the hard­est thing about his role as a tester is writ­ing up en­ter­tain­ing ar­ti­cles for read­ers ev­ery time, he is the first to ad­mit that he gen­uinely loves his job as it in­volves driv­ing some of the lat­est farm ma­chin­ery on the mar­ket. Not to men­tion gas­bag­ging to ma­chin­ery deal­ers and farm­ers around the coun­try.


Tom ac­cepted the po­si­tion of tech­ni­cal ed­i­tor for Farms and

Farm Ma­chin­ery in 2013 af­ter 30 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence farm­ing in south-west Vic­to­ria.

He rel­ishes test­ing and pre­par­ing hon­est ap­praisals of new and used trac­tors and farm ma­chin­ery. When asked to de­scribe his role and re­spon­si­bil­ity, he says: “I’m just a farmer giv­ing a farmer’s opin­ion to other farm­ers.

“My re­views are of a non-tech­ni­cal na­ture; they’re more of an ex­pla­na­tion of what a ma­chine is like from be­hind the wheel, and a look at the things you won’t find in the man­u­fac­turer’s brochure.”


The field con­sists of a Case IH Far­mall 95C, Deutz 5105.4G,

Massey Fer­gu­son MF5609, New Hol­land TT4.75, John Deere JD 6105M, and a man­u­fac­turer mak­ing its de­but ap­pear­ance in the Top Trac­tor Shootout: Kub­ota with its M100MX.

Each trac­tor will be as­sessed on its stan­dard fea­tures as well as ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity, vis­i­bil­ity, com­fort and user-friend­li­ness.

Tim­ing the trac­tors as they com­plete a course of load­ing hay and mov­ing bark chips will ex­pose the one most suited to front-end loader work.

The to­tal score for each trac­tor will mul­ti­plied by 1000 then di­vided by its price. The re­sult will give it a value-for-money score, with the high­est num­ber win­ning. For ex­am­ple:

Trac­tor 1

250 score x 1000 = 250,000. Di­vided by $90,000 (price) = 2.777 (value for money score)

Trac­tor 2

295 score x 1000 = 295,000. Di­vided by $95,000 (price) = 3.105 (value for money score)

With a higher score of 3.105, Trac­tor 2 is bet­ter value for money than Trac­tor 1. At the con­clu­sion of the test­ing, we will re­veal how the trac­tors scored in each par­tic­u­lar area.

Read­ers will be able to see the strengths and weak­nesses of each trac­tor in the com­pe­ti­tion and judge for them­selves which one would best suit their par­tic­u­lar oper­a­tion.

Let the games be­gin!

“Each trac­tor will be as­sessed on its stan­dard fea­tures as well as ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity, vis­i­bil­ity, com­fort and user-friend­li­ness”

A scene from last year’s Farms and Farm Ma­chin­ery Top Trac­tor Shootout

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