Middleweight master class

by Andy Bryenton

The tractor is a multi-role tool and has always been one since the days of power being taken off of big steam-fired engines with leather belt drives. Smaller and more compact diesel engines have meant a split in the DNA of this ubiquitous farming machine, with some true giants dominating the top of the horsepower range. Don’t think for a minute that development and design have stood still for the workhorses of the farmyard the smaller, sub-100-hp tractors, which weigh in for a variety of heavy-duty tasks.

One of the top producers of such machines worldwide is Kioti, hailing from South Korea. Their parent company, Daedong Industrial, have been making farming machines since the 1940s, and their small-to-medium sized tractors are built tough. A great example, which has proven a hit here in New Zealand is their versatile NX6020, a 60 horsepower unit packing a four cylinder water cooled diesel and the ability to mount a staggering array of tools.

Need a front loader to handle feed? Not a problem, there’s two front and two rear hydraulic remotes, and power to spare. Around the back, there’s a three-point linkage able to lift 1,330 kilos, allowing for a host of applications, from mowers and slashers to transport platforms for calving duties or hauling tools and equipment, and many more. The Kioti NX6020 utilises an HST transmission with three-speed ranges, and the hydraulics throughout benefit from a dedicated cooling system to keep everything pumping in harsh conditions and under heavy loads.

Most importantly, the four-wheel drive system of the NX6020, combined with its small and compact size and weight, make it a tenacious battler through tough terrain. Some farmers report that when the chips are down, this small tractor can go where quad bikes just can’t, and it can carry or tow necessary equipment along the way. That compact profile also delivers a tighter turning circle and the ability to move in and out of sheds and around tight farmyard spaces where bigger tractors couldn’t fit. Ample proof that bigger is not always better, but that a multi-role reliable worker will always be welcome on the farm.