2017 Farm Trader in Review

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webbline #239 Webbline SIP 340S disc mower webbline
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agrikit #241 DIY Action agrikit
Rata #242 The Rata Versatile Grapple and Hitch Rata
SIAFD 2017 1 high view #243 The South Island Agricultural Field Days SIAFD 2017 1 high view
auction #244 GraysOnline gear auction
isuzu #245 Isuzu D-Max isuzu
Mechag 2 #246 MechAg range of equipment Mechag 2
HiSpec #247 Phil Hawke and his recently purchased HiSpec XCEL 1250 spreader HiSpec
combine #248 John Deere combine harvester combine
winner #249 4-metre Bourgault drill winner
Expo #250 Effluent Expo Expo
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Farm Trader takes a moment to celebrate 2017

As 2017 winds to a close, we take a moment to look back on some of our highlights for the year and celebrate the people we met, the innovations we shared, and the impressive collection of machinery our Farm Trader testers put through their paces. 

It’s an awesome collection of the new, the old, and the unusual, and we hope you enjoy this stroll through memory lane with us.

Our team was unanimous in that the greatest challenge of 2017 was hosting our Top Tractor Shoot Out. However, it was also voted our greatest achievement. It’s not often you see eight top brands of tractor go head to head in a variety of tasks and be judged against each other. It wouldn’t happen without all of the tractor brands getting behind the concept, so kudos to them.

If you missed any of our machinery tests throughout the year, head to our website farmtrader.co.nz and you’ll find the test articles uploaded, as well as videos of the machinery in action.

Issue 239


  • Mod Cons: The Bredal F8 Precision Spreader is kitted out with the Topcon X30 GPS system and crop spec nitrogen sensors
  • The RAM 2500 impresses with size and performance
  • The Yamaha Grizzly 700 gets put through its paces
  • Thumbs up for the design and performance of Kelly Engineering’s Diamond Harrow
  • Rugged and innovative: the Webbline SIP 340S disc mower


Issue 240


  • Krone’s EasyCollect 600-3 FP maize header proves versatile enough to adapt to a range of forage harvesters
  • The Bobcat T40140 telescopic loader is the fertiliser loader of choice for aerial topdressing pilot Josh Calder
  • The JCB 1CXT is deemed to be a little powerhouse, punching above its weight
  • The Case IH Optum 300 CVX is announced Tractor of the Year 2017
  • We aren’t the only fans of the Hustler SF1250 – the dairy herd were fairly obsessed with it too.

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Issue 241


  • Using the Landex LH220 as an industrial loader on the farm
  • DIY Action: Build your own agitator with the AgriKit kitset
  • Jaiden Drought checks out the newly released 3m air seeded from Taege 
  • Hawkes Bay sheep and beef farmer Hugh McDonald chats about his DuncanAg TFD drill 
  • Hard working and vintage machinery drew the crowds at the Edendale Crank Up
  • Mixing it up: The Seko Samurai 5 Series chopping-mixing wagon


Issue 242


  • The Rata Versatile Grapple and Hitch is proudly New Zealand made
  • Blue Power: North Canterbury contractor Andrew Dalzell has been a New Holland fan for more than a decade
  • Action from Central District Field Days
  • Farm Trader test drives the Massey Ferguson Challenger 700
  • Fencing made easy with the Stockade ST400i Cordless Fencing Stapler
  • Pig farmer Paul Davey is a huge fan of his Schaffer 6680T telescopic loader


Issue 243


  • The South Island Agricultural Field Days were a huge success for exhibitors and visitors 
  • IrrigationNZ offers advice on testing irrigation efficiency
  • Intense competition at the Otorohanga Vintage Machinery Club Tractor Pull
  • The Can-Am Defender HD5 replaces the farm ute for our test drive

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Issue 244


  • All Claas: We chat with Landpower Group product manager Dave Knowles and Claas Poland product specialist, Dr Barbara Raba
  • Classic and modern machinery work together on a South African mixed farm
  • GraysOnline gear up for a massive online farm machinery auction
  • Triple performer: The Abbey Tri–App combines the three functions of a dribble bar, a trailing boot, and a trailing shoe applicator
  • Irish tractor enthusiasts celebrate 100 years of Ford, Fordson, and New Holland tractors


Issue 245


  • Cameron Officer finds out just why the updated Isuzu D-Max is so popular
  • The latest technology and innovations were on display at the SIMA event in France
  • After a wet puggy winter, the Allen Custom C-D 5000 Drill is ideal for rehabilitating paddocks
  • Tom Dickson test drives the Korean-made Branson 6225Ch tractor
  • The Valtra N134 Versu boasts a revamp, with plenty of muscle 2017

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Issue 246


  • Hustler released its next generation of mounted bale feeders, the Chainless X2500
  • We checked out the New Holland T7.920HD at work farming and contracting near Taupo
  • The Yamaha Ag125 proves a handy workhorse
  • Farm Trader’s Jaiden Drought spends a day with the MechAg range of equipment
  • The 4.5m Titan Roll Seed Roll is an excellent example of infusing a standard design with a little extra Kiwi DNA


Issue 247


  • A Cracking Combo: The Celli range of equipment is a winning combination for Hinemoa Quality Producers
  • Roger and Helen Slattery are experts in their field of agricultural contracting
  • We chat with Matamata contractor Phil Hawke and his recently purchased HiSpec XCEL 1250 spreader
  • RCNZ president Steve Levet chats about rural contractors and more
  • The Protech Evo 1got a thumbs up and a banging good report card from our tester Brent Lilley


Issue 248


  • Irrigation advice for New Zealand farmers
  • Jaiden Drought views the latest John Deere combine harvesters at a Cervus Equipment training day
  • Freshly arrived from Ireland, we test the versatility of the Moore Unidrill
  • Roll up, Roll up: for our report on the Lely RP 160 Baler
  • The software and technology behind the CLAAS Arion 620 CIS impresses machinery tester Brent Lilley


Issue 249


  • We meet the Hilltop Harvesting team and their impressive array of machinery
  • Jaiden Drought checks out the CD 3000 direct triple disc drill from Allen Custom Drills
  • Hay & Silage: We talk inoculants
  • Ed Lisa Potter popped across the ditch to report on the latest releases at the 2017 Henty Machinery Field Days, including this 24-metre Bourgault drill
  • The Volkswagen Amarok 4WD Comfortline TDI is put through its paces


Issue 249


  • We visited the Effluent Expo in Hamilton, reporting on the latest machinery, innovations, and technology options
  • Farm Trader’s Brent Lilly appreciates well-built New Zealand-designed and made machinery and so was a fan of the HW MAXI D10000 scraper from HW Industries
  • Mark Fouhy test-drives the Avatar UTV Diesel designed specifically for the New Zealand market
  • Southland farmers Johnny and Linton Adamson are keen collectors of Giltrap trailers
  • Most farmers and contractors appreciate a decent man cave. We review the impressive kitset shed options available from Alpine Buildings.


Top Tractor Shoot out 

Farm Trader’s Top Tractor Shoot Out 2017 saw eight tractors go up against each other in a variety of tests with our four judges. As part of the challenge were the: Deutz-Fahr Agrotron 6165 TTV, New Holland T7.225, Case IH Puma 240 CVT, Kubota M7-171 KVT, Massey Ferguson 7720 DVT, Fendt 716, Claas Axion 930, and John Deere 6175R.


The Case IH Puma 240 CVT was selected by the four Farm Trader judges as the best value for money CVT tractor on the market. It was a tightly fought battle with price coming into the equation on the overall marking criteria.

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