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TAS Country : November 11th 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010 Tasmanian Country 3 News Big dream comes true SHEER POWER: Agricultural contractor Wayne Pearton and his dog Wogga with their new giant toy''. Pictures: ROSS MARSDEN BRIAN WARD NABOWLA agricultural contractor Wayne Pearton is now the proud owner of Tasmania's biggest and most powerful tractor. Mr Pearton achieved his long- time dream by trading in his old John Deere 9200 as part of the purchase of his new 425hp John Deere 9430. ''It's terrific -- it's what I've worked 35 years to get,'' he said. The tractor will be the fifth, and most prized, addition to Mr Pearton's John Deere collection, which he has built up over his 35 years as an agricultural contractor. ''I've got about five all up, but this one is the best of the lot,'' he said. The tractor is the second biggest offering from John Deere -- the biggest being the 9630 -- making it one of the biggest tractor models in the world. The tractor stands at almost four metres in height, is about 7m long and weighs in at a mammoth 16 tonnes. Midland Tractors dealer Jamie Ellis said the tractor replaces a John Deere 9200 as the largest in the state. ''I think the biggest until this one was a 9200 owned by Wilton Geale,'' Mr Ellis said. ''It's funny, because Wayne is trading in a 9200 for the new 9430 -- although his 9200 was slightly smaller and less powerful than Mr Geale's.'' Mr Ellis said it was funny for such a big tractor to be bought by an Australian. ''Somebody once told me that Australian farmers tend to buy tractors that are too small for their work, while Americans buy tractors that are too big,'' he said. The 9430 is an articulated model and comes with an auto-steer feature, which Mr Ellis said was uncommon for big tractors. ''It's become more and more common for your smaller tractors, but very few of the bigger ones have it installed,'' he said. The feature allows for the tractor to be controlled through satellite navigation, which allows the driver to set the vehicle on a straight path, and then allows automatic control. ''It takes away lots of operator fatigue, which enables them to do work in less time and work for longer periods,'' Mr Ellis said. Mr Pearton won't be putting the tractor to work until after this weekend's Scottsdale Show, where it will be on display. He will use it primarily for disking up paddocks and store it in a shed at Bridport when it's not out in the field. RANGER EV ELECTRIC VEHICLE CLEAN, QUIET, GREEN RANGER 500 & 800 TOWS MORE, CARRIES MORE, SEATS 3 RANGER 800 CREW SEATS 6 RANGER 800 6X6 ULTIMATE 6WD TRACTION FOR THE SAME PRICE AS A BIG BORE ATV. • 567KG TOWING CAPACITY • 227KG PAYLOAD CAPACITY • OPTIONAL SPEEDKEY #RANGER 400 offer ends 31/12/10 or while stocks last at participating Polaris dealers. See website for participating dealer list. FROM $13,995 DRIVEAWAY# NOTHING RIDES LIKE A 1300 654 142 www.polarisindustries.com.au ALSO AVAILABLE » POLARIS VARIABLE TRANSMISSION INDEPENDENT REAR SUSPENSION ON-DEMAND TRUE ALL-WHEEL DRIVE TIPPIN DUMP BO 2x M T M TURF MODE AWD 2WD TURF MODE SWITCH BETWEEN 1WD TURF MODE, 2WD & ALL-WHEEL DRIVE ON THE FLY.
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