Giant tractor to pull a big crowd at Agfest

Farm Machinery Tasmania's Mick Boyd behind the wheel of the giant Case IH Quadtrac ... the impressive machine dwarfs Agfest chairwoman Amanda Bayles who expects the big red tractor to be a hit with visitors. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

Farm Machinery Tasmania's Mick Boyd behind the wheel of the giant Case IH Quadtrac ... the impressive machine dwarfs Agfest chairwoman Amanda Bayles who expects the big red tractor to be a hit with visitors. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

THE biggest tractor to come to Tasmania will be on show at Agfest this week and it's expected to pull a big crowd.

The Case IH Quadtrac weighs in at 25 tonnes and boasts just on 500 horse power. 

Mick Boyd, the owner of Longford-based Farm Machinery Tasmania, said the huge machine was destined for use in broadacre farming.

``It's state-of-the-art in fuel economy and precision speed and ground sensing technology,'' Mr Boyd said.

``It's designed for bigger farms with big implements for seeding and broadacre cultivation.''

The giant tractor, which has rubber tracks instead of tyres to reduce ground disturbance and compacting, has a price tag of ``well under $500,000''.

``I'd like to say we could sell a dozen of them but we'll have to see,'' Mr Boyd said.

Agfest chairwoman Amanda Bayles expects the big red tractor to be a hit with visitors.

``Tractors are always a favourite,'' Ms Bayles said.

With exhibitor numbers up by 30 this year the state's biggest tractor wouldn't be the only big drawcard.

``We've got the Tasmanian Aero Club bringing a couple of light planes . . . and we've re-established the Beef Expo at the top of Main Street near the dairy section.''

AGFEST FACTS

WHEN: Opens Thursday and runs until Saturday, 8am to 5pm daily. 

WHERE: Quercus Park, Carrick.

ADMISSION: Adults $15, children (5-15) $5, children under 5 free. Tickets available from Coles supermarkets statewide and at the gate.

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