Auto-steer 250hp tractor sales take off
Published 13/01/2016 | 02:30
Need a new tractor, and feeling flush?
How about a 570hp John Deere 9570 or the 598hp Challenger, both of which come in at a cool €440,000?
Meanwhile, the strongest rated tractor on the market - New Holland's 628hp T9.700- costs almost €30,000 less at €412,000.
While the sales of larger tractors continues to grow in Ireland, with 24 machines over 250hp sold last year, the most popular new tractor is in the 120-150hp bracket.
Fendt leads the way in terms of the most expensive machine in this range, with its 714 Vario costing an eye-watering €172,000, according to figures published in the latest Irish Farmers Monthly magazine.
At the other end of the scale, Belarus's 150hp 1523.3 is less than a quarter of the price at €37,250.
And for those looking for the cheapest tractor on the market, the 81hp Belarus 920 is hard to beat at €19,450.
A total of 24 new tractors over 250hp were sold in 2015, according to the FTMTA's chief executive, Gary Ryan.