Mahindra 4025 tractor review

By: Brent Lilley


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We check out a simple yet effective 40hp Mahindra 4025 tractor.

It is the sub 100hp market that Mahindra concentrates on and the company, along with its local dealer, Prescott’s in Hikuai on the Coromandel Peninsular, recently gave me the opportunity to see what the Mahindra 4025 has to offer, which is built by Mahindra in India as a robust and reliable 40hp tractor.

Engine

Under the bonnet the Mahindra packs a four-cylinder 2.7-litre diesel engine which interestingly meets tier four emission standards and is built in-house by Mahindra. It has a rated output of 41hp or 31hp at the PTO shaft and while admittedly I never got to put this tractor to task with any PTO work, the engine felt like it had plenty of grunt when pushing the bucket into a pile of sand and was reasonably responsive.

The 55-litre diesel tank has more than enough capacity to keep you working all day. While access for daily checks to the engine is simple and straightforward, anything more than that requires wrestling with multiple panels that need to be removed and seem somewhat fiddly. Four-wheel drive is easy to engage with a lever beside the seat and drive to the front wheels is delivered though bevel gear hubs, which give a tight-turning circle.

Transmission

Mahindra describes the transmission as ‘simple and strong’ which I have to say is fairly accurate, although for me it is probably just a little too simple, it gives you four forward gears in an ‘H’ pattern as well as reverse on the main gear stick and then two ranges, high and low on a second stick, so a total of eight forward and two reverse. While this is about what you would expect on a tractor this size, it’s not overly friendly for the operator.

Plenty of gear changes resulted in a crunch even at a standstill or using the double clutch tactic, shunting backwards and forwards for loader work became tedious fairly quickly and highlighted how spoilt we are with forward-reverse shuttles these days.

Controls and layout

Controls are fairly simple and easy to sort out. The dash is clear and uncluttered with gauges to show engine temperature, rpm and fuel level as well as a series of warning and display lights. No display of the forward speed might be a problem for some although probably not on tasks that this tractor is actually going to be used for. A comfortable and adjustable seat positions the operator with good visibility in all directions; although getting to the seat is hampered by the high-low gear lever in the centre of the raised platform which I seemed to get my foot tangled in every time I got on or off.

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Independent pedals control the brakes which are fully enclosed dry discs at the rear. The three point linkage controls are a pretty standard setup beside the seat with one slide lever for height controls and one for draft control. A lift capacity of 1600kg will prove adequate for most tasks. Round the back the lift arms cleverly feature fixed end balls that fit CAT 1 or 2 pins which along with the simple sliding telescopic stabilisers make hitching implements easy.

Loader

The Mahindra-built ML345 loader on the front was by far the most impressive part of the tractor. It is compact yet robust and well built. It fits the tractor well without feeling clumsy or hampering visibility. Stands are incorporated into the design so the loader can quickly be taken off by simply removing two pins.

Mechanical self-levelling is included as standard which keeps the bucket or forks at the same angle as the loader is raised, which is great to see, as is the guide rod that shows the operator when the bucket is level to the ground. Heavy-duty greasable pins are used on all pivot points and standard euro hitch setup on the front ensures it will easily fit all attachments.

The verdict

Price and perceived value is nearly always the biggest factor in any machinery purchase and sometimes a simpler, cheaper option might tick all the boxes even though some of the features might not be quite as good and this is exactly where the Mahindra 4025 tractor comes into its own.

You get a solid and well-built tractor with a loader at an exceptional price, and while there are some negatives, for many it will do everything that is required.

Pros

  • Powerful Mahindra-built engine
  • Simple yet functional controls
  • Well balanced tractor for loader work
  • Well built Mahindra loader with self-levelling

Cons

  • Transmission somewhat clunky
  • Lack of external remotes, available as an option

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