GFM Network News


Versatile offers more warranty

The brand introduces a three-year, 3,000-hour warranty on all 2020 tractors

There is probably nothing more frustrating for farmers than buying a new machine, only to have it sitting dead in the field with a breakdown a few days or weeks after it starts work. Unfortunately, though, it’s something many have experienced. In recent years, almost all brands have ramped up quality control at the manufacturing […] Read more

In this Shop Class instalment, we replace the cab suspension on this 2007 Freightliner Century.

Replacing worn truck cab suspension

Installing new under-cab air bags to avoid an on-road failure

More than a few retired highway tractors find second lives pulling grain trailers on farms. While they may have logged a lot of miles, these trucks are still ideal for short-haul farm duty. But with age comes the need for maintenance. One of the most common maintenance items on today’s older highway tractors is the […] Read more


The number of authorized Fendt dealers across Canada and the U.S. has doubled in the last 12 months.

AGCO doubles Fendt dealerships

AGCO operations ramp up North American focus on Fendt

If it feels like you’ve been hearing the Fendt name more than usual lately, you’re probably right. Of the four major brands acquired by AGCO since it was formed, Deutz-Allis (which was discontinued), Massey Ferguson, Challenger, and Fendt, AGCO is beginning to put more of its marketing eggs in the Fendt basket here in North […] Read more

John Deere’s 8RX wins Tech for 
a Better World innovation award at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

First tractor wins CES tech honour

John Deere makes history as first tractor earns coveted honour at the electronics expo

The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is known for showcasing some of the hottest high-tech tools from innovative companies across the globe. Several of the products that took home top honours in the 2020 Innovation Awards categories were conceptual or not available on the mass market and most were small enough to tuck […] Read more


Steyr unveiled its diesel-electric hybrid Konzept tractor at Agritechnica 2019.

Steyr unveils zero-emissions hybrid tractor

Austrian company’s diesel-electric hybrid Konzept tractor raised eyebrows

Austrian machinery manufacturer Steyr drew a lot of attention at Agritechnica 2019 when it unveiled its diesel-electric hybrid Konzept tractor. The Konzept tractor is a study on what the future of tractor production could be and addresses top-of-mind issues such as environmental sustainability, efficiency, connectivity and comfort. At the heart of Steyr Konzept is a […] Read more

More news from rubber track maker Camso

Track component manufacturer offers several updates for 2020

Camso, a rubber track system and components manufacturer, is also an OEM supplier to a few major brands. It builds and provides the engineering for the track systems installed on tractors and other equipment right at the factory. But it also supplies aftermarket bolt-on track systems. This fall the brand had a few announcements to […] Read more


Vaderstad NZ Extreme 1250-1425 tine harrow.

Agritechnica set to begin on November 10

Thirty-seven Canadian brands on display at world’s largest machinery show in Germany

It’s that time again when around 400,000 people will travel to Hannover, Germany to view the latest weird, wonderful and must-have agricultural machines on display at Agritechnica. Held every two years, this machinery utopia will show innovations, concepts and futuristic visions from 2,750 exhibitors based in 51 different countries. Organised by DLG, the German Agricultural […] Read more

Kubota introduced its M8 tractor line, which includes two models, the 190-engine-horsepower M8-191 and 210-horsepower M8-211.

Grainews takes to the field in Kubota’s M8 tractor

Kubota joins the 
mid-horsepower club. 
We test the new line

Back in March when Versatile announced the introduction of its Nemesis line of tractors, Kubota simultaneously announced it entered into an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) agreement with Versatile to build a larger tractor series for it, too. But Kubota declined to provide any specifics on its tractors, although the inescapable conclusion was it would be […] Read more


Renowned motorcycle racer Guy Martin stands beside the record-setting JCB Fastrac.

JCB sets tractor speed record

A modified Fastrac recorded a speed of 103.6 m.p.h. (166.7 km/h)

In late June JCB grabbed the world record in Britain for the fastest land speed ever achieved in a farm tractor: 103.6 m.p.h. (166.7 km/h). BBC TV and racing personality Guy Martin (seen here) drove the tractor during the record setting attempt. A modified 7.2-litre, six-cylinder JCB DieselMax engine uprated to 1,000 horsepower moved the […] Read more