VIDEO: All roads led towards Co Kildare for the tractor tyre kickers

The call of the tractor will lure machinery fans to the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show in Punchestown, Co Kildare, for the next three days.

John Deere's 5R has the versatility for arable, dairy and livestock farms

Massey Ferguson

Look out for their new MF6700S series that includes the world’s first 200hp, four-cylinder agricultural tractor.

The six new models in the series are all powered by the latest Agco Power 4.9-litre, four-cylinder engine.

For the first time, the continuously variable Dyna-VT is now available from the 130hp MF6713S model upwards.

The company’s MF6718S has a four-cylinder engine with an output of 200hp, with Engine Power Management (EPM) for the first time.

John Deere

One of the smaller John Deere series, the 5R range, could be a big seller in Ireland due to its versatility across arable, dairy and livestock farms.

The 5R family combines a one-piece curved frame design with a low centre of gravity to facilitate front loader installation on-the-go, while still maintaining the best possible manoeuvrability at a turning radius of only 3.75 metres, even when fitted with a front loader.

The new 90hp 5090R, 100hp 5100R, 115hp 5115R and 125hp 5125R models are equipped with Stage IIIB compliant 4.5-litre John Deere PWX engines.


The new N series is claimed by Valtra to drive like a small tractor, but work like a big one.

The new cab on the fourth generation N Series is similar to that on the new T Series.

The cab can be comprehensively specified, for example with a high-end stereo with integrated woofer, a front windscreen wiper that covers 270 degrees, heated front and rear screens, and a TwinTrac reverse drive system.


The newly upgraded 6 Series tractors boast completely new transmissions in the 156hp to 226hp range: the Powershift models with manual transmission based on five mechanical gear speeds plus six Powershift forward and three reverse.

New RCshift models feature a fully automatic transmission with five robotised gear speeds plus six Powershift forward and three reverse.

Stepless transmission in the TTV models allows speeds ranging from 0.2km/hour to 40km/hr or 50km/hr, at reduced engine speeds.

New Holland

The new T6 complies with Stage IVB emissions standards, thanks to New Holland’s ECOBlue Hi-eSCR (high-efficiency selective catalytic reduction) technology.

The series offers a wide choice, with five four-cylinder models from 125 to 175hp.

The T6.175 AutoCommand model at the top of the range, features a 175hp four-cylinder engine.

The longer wheelbase is designed for better traction and a smoother ride.


Built at the firm’s new manufacturing facility in Northern France, the M7001 series is Kubota’s most powerful tractor to date.

The series is available in three models, from 130HP to 170HP (M7131, M7151 and M7171).

The tractors use a new Kubota Stage IV compliant four-cylinder V6108 engine with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and diesel particulate filter (DPF) technology.


Zetor, Merlo and Komatsu are to share the stage on the McHale Plant Sales stand, with pride of place going to the 160hp, six-cylinder Crystal tractor.

Also featured will be the distinctive Komatsu WA320-7 wheel loader, fully-specified and fitted for agricultural applications. 

Equally at home in the grain store and silage yard as it is in the gravel pit or on the construction site, the muscular, brightly-coloured WA320-7 has been gaining significant ground in the agricultural contractor market in recent years.

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