Bay­nes­field goes mas­sive in Mid­lands

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - AL­WYN VILJOEN

MAS­COR Pi­eter­mar­itzburg has sold the largest trac­tor yet in the Mid­lands to the Bay­nes­field Es­tate. Mas­cor man­ager for the Mid­lands re­gion Brian Ben­net said the John Deere 8-se­ries trac­tor makes 245 horse­power and has all the trim­mings to make the op­er­a­tor’s work eas­ier, from GPS po­si­tion­ing of the trac­tor to a seat that swivels to fa­cil­i­tate over-the-shoul­der steer­ing.

The trac­tor cost close to R1,8 mil­lion and was fi­nanced through John Deere fi­nance.

Ben­net said the 8245R is not the largest trac­tor in KwaZulu-Natal, as more farm­ers in KZN are opt­ing to buy big­ger units that can do more in the short plant­ing and harvest times.

Ben­net said a large trac­tor can plant 13 rows at a time, com­pared with four rows for smaller trac­tors, which is a three-fold in­crease in pro­duc­tiv­ity, and of course en­sures the plant­ing and har­vest­ing gets done in the op­ti­mum pe­riod.

While all large John Deere trac­tors are equipped for auto-steer­ing and pre­ci­sion plant­ing through real-time ki­netic satel­lite tow­ers, Ben­net said op­er­a­tors will al­ways be needed on trac­tors.

This mas­sive 8245R trac­tor, as well as vintage steam trac­tors and a range of agri­cul­tural equip­ment that was used in the decades be­tween them, will be demon­strated dur­ing the Bay­nes­field Fair to be held from Septem­ber 26 to Septem­ber 27.

PHOTO: AL­WYN VILJOEN

The largest trac­tor yet sold in the Mid­lands. Seen here with the John Deere 8425R are Bay­nes­field top trac­tor op­er­a­tors (from left) Sa­muel Mkhize, Thu­lani Mz­i­mande and Jab­u­lani Mncwabe, with Shane Holmes (sec­ond left), Mas­cor spe­cial­ist from the group’s Grey­town head of­fice.

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