COMFY com­pact

The new Agri­son 80hp CDF Cabin Trac­tor is a multi-pur­pose, mid-size trac­tor that keeps things sim­ple and af­ford­able, while backed up with big brand know-how. An­drew Brit­ten re­ports

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Agri­son’s new 80hp CDF cabin trac­tor – fea­tur­ing front-end loader with four-in-one bucket, on-de­mand 4WD, AC cabin, power steer­ing, PTO, and free six-foot slasher – is ideal for medium-large acreage farm­ers look­ing for a value-for-money workhorse

If you’re one of those whose ears prick up when they hear the go­ing prices of new Asian trac­tors – es­pe­cially the mod­els com­ing out of China – but then cooler heads pre­vail, here’s a con­tender that will linger in the mind a whole lot longer.

The ma­jor rea­son be­ing, it’s made by a well-known Euro­pean brand that has been man­u­fac­tur­ing in China for the last six or seven years. So you can ex­pect the chas­sis and run­ning gear to be well sorted and up to the task.

Then there’s the buyer back­lash against the ever grow­ing de­pen­dence on elec­tron­ics and com­puter con­trol. It’s an­other area where this Agri­son 80hp CDF Cabin Trac­tor ap­peals, as it com­pletely avoids go­ing down that path.

It of­fers an en­tirely me­chan­i­cal (and hy­draulic), yet com­pre­hen­sive, sys­tem. From the nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 5.2 litre, 59kW/380Nm four-cylin­der diesel en­gine, through the man­ual gear­box (four-speed with a re­duc­tion box and crawler range, for 12 for­ward ra­tios and eight re­verse) and 540/1000rpm power take-off (PTO), you won’t find a sin­gle elec­tronic in­ter­ven­tion or con­trol de­vice.

The tinted glass cabin of­fers plenty of space with in­built air-con­di­tion­ing and heat­ing, and a ra­dio re­ceiver – the sin­gle con­ces­sion to elec­tron­ics. Once again there’s noth­ing fancy here, just a well laid out con­trol sys­tem, with power steer­ing and dual ar­tic­u­lated arm rests for the op­er­a­tor’s seat. The dash lay­out re­flects this over­all sim­plic­ity, but with all es­sen­tial gauges and warn­ing lights.

Con­trols for the price-in­clu­sive four-in-one bucket, cat­e­gory II link­age and hand op­er­ated PTO clutch, fall read­ily to hand in an un­clut­tered ar­range­ment. The bucket has a quick re­lease/at­tach­ment sys­tem for sin­gle per­son op­er­a­tion, so swap­ping to the likes of a bale grab­ber or hay forks be­comes per­fectly prac­ti­cal.

The 1000kg lift link­age can also be con­trolled from out­side when hook­ing up im­ple­ments and in­cludes twin rams for twoway op­er­a­tion, en­abling the op­er­a­tor to put down­ward pres­sure on im­ple­ments, as when post hole dig­ging, for in­stance. And with more than 46kW out­put from the PTO shaft you are un­likely to fall short on power for driven at­tach­ments.

The hy­draulics are run from a ded­i­cated pump sep­a­rate from the power steer­ing and de­liver 200 bar pres­sure for the bucket, link­age and two sets of rear re­motes. The power steer­ing pump it­self is rated at 100 bar.

Nice prac­ti­cal touches in­clude an ex­ter­nal bat­tery iso­la­tor, ex­te­rior cabin lights, 150-litre fuel tank, five-year parts war­ranty, a tow bar and com­pli­ance for road regis­tra­tion. An added in­cen­tive is the in­clu­sion of a six-foot rear link­age slasher.

An­other po­ten­tial an­noy­ance with mod­ern trac­tors is the use of plas­tics in place of sheet metal. You’ll go a long way be­fore you find any here, with the mud­guards, bon­net and grill assem­bly stamped from the real deal.

Ac­ces­si­bil­ity for ser­vic­ing is very good for a front-end loader trac­tor. The added frame doesn’t re­ally get in the way, es­pe­cially with the bucket raised and locked in po­si­tion. Daily in­spec­tions are eas­ily done with a lift of the bon­net for an oil level check/top up and ra­di­a­tor look over or clean, plus the oil bath air cleaner is hand­ily lo­cated ex­ter­nally near the left cabin steps.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are pretty wide for this ma­chine. It’s com­pact enough for day to day jobs – trailer tow­ing for feed­ing out, fenc­ing ap­pli­ca­tions, slash­ing jobs, mov­ing soil or grain with the front bucket and with 80hp, four wheel drive and good PTO power there are plenty of small to mid-sized im­ple­ments you could utilise. Just leave the broad­acre work to the beefier ma­chines.

Agri­son is a Mel­bourne-based, fam­ily-owned, Aus­tralian com­pany that prides it­self in the qual­ity of their prod­ucts. This trac­tor is made up from com­po­nents that stand up to Aus­tralian con­di­tions and ex­pec­ta­tions. So, if you’re look­ing for a low-tech, fully equipped, mid-size cabin trac­tor, at $37,990 we reckon this is well worth check­ing out. And while we can’t re­veal the man­u­fac­turer’s name, it’ll take you all of three sec­onds to spot that when you take a look.

Im­ages: 1. No frills here – just a ra­dio re­ceiver, plus all the gauges and lights you need2. An im­pres­sive link­age in­cludes twin rams for two-way op­er­a­tion 3. The bon­net pops up eas­ily for daily in­spec­tion 1

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