Baynesfield goes massive in Midlands
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.
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.