In the past, most farmers kept a handful of sheep or cows in the yard “to clean up around the buildings.” Today, the job of keeping the grass cut is the almost exclusive domain of rotary mowers. Having a smaller tractor around to power them has become a necessity. Even though larger tractors can easily power the average three-point-hitch farm mower, most are just too clumsy for the job. Smaller, utility tractors, however, can easily get into tight places.
Despite relatively soft sales in the utility and compact tractor segments since the start of the economic crisis, most manufacturers have introduced a few new models in those size classes over the past few months. In June, New Holland, too, announced an addition to its “value class” Workmaster utility tractors. The new model 75, named for its engine horsepower rating, extends the top end of that line, which includes two other smaller models offering 45 and 55 engine horsepower.
The 75, like its two smaller brothers, is available as a two-wheel drive or with mechanical front-wheel assist. It’s powered by a 3.2-litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder diesel that is B20 biodiesel compatible. Power is delivered through an 8F X 2R manual transmission.
Hydraulic capacity comes from an open-centre, fixed-displacement gear pump capable of supplying a flow rate of 39 litres per minute for implement use. The category II three-point hitch has a respectable lift capacity of 2,429 lbs. (1,104 kg) at 24 inches from the ball ends. That should be enough to move most round hay bales. It also has a standard 540 r.p.m. PTO.
With its compact size and this much horsepower, the 75 is easily capable of keeping yard chores well in hand; and it offers lifestyle and small-scale farmers enough muscle to handle light field jobs like haying operations. That adds even more value to this “value class” machine.
The new Workmaster is powered by a 3.2- litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder diesel that is B20 biodiesel compatible