For Richard Thorpe Agricultural Contractors, future-proofing the tractor fleet has seen agradual phase-out of one shade of green for another.
The Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk-based contractor bought his first Fendt, an 820, in 2008 following concerns about reliability and fuel consumption with his existing tractor fleet. “Diesel prices only ever seem to go one way,” notes Richard Ford. “And with tractors covering around 800 hours per year, we have to make the most of every drop of diesel.” Fuel efficiency is an observation shared by his operator Simon Peacock, who spends his days at the wheel of the contractor’s most recent purchase – a 936 Pro Plus.
“In a typical 15-hour day pulling a 4.5m Sumo Trio, the 936 uses 120 litres less diesel than the tractor it replaced,” says Simon Peacock.