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Old 13th October 2009, 10:22   #31
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Tafe had total market share in my district during the 90's. Their recent models were not picked up well

Mahindra on the other hand started selling well recently and now alot sells as their vehicle gives a good mileage. Tafe on the other hand lost much demand as there was an incident where the driver was killed when the tractor lifted while ploughing in a field.

But I still love my Massey Fergusson as this was the tractor on which i learnt driving!! more than 15 years and going strong
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Tafe had total market share in my district during the 90's. Their recent models were not picked up well

Mahindra on the other hand started selling well recently and now alot sells as their vehicle gives a good mileage. Tafe on the other hand lost much demand as there was an incident where the driver was killed when the tractor lifted while ploughing in a field.

But I still love my Massey Fergusson as this was the tractor on which i learnt driving!! more than 15 years and going strong
I know Tafe lost a lot of market share in lot of areas but was not due to marketing deficiency but due to production constraints. TAFE/MF tractors command the best resale value in the market sometime even after 25 years. MF 1035 DI is the evergreen model and is so much in demand that the company has not been able to stop the model because of customer demand.
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Mahindra on the other hand started selling well recently and now alot sells as their vehicle gives a good mileage. Tafe on the other hand lost much demand as there was an incident where the driver was killed when the tractor lifted while ploughing in a field.
A lot of tractors can lift whilst ploughing and thats why some farmers use weights on the front. Looking at tractors in our area you would be surprised at the number of farmers who try and save a bit of money by forgoing the weights.

The only tractor I have seen that does not lift so easily is the front heavy Ford 3600 and a few other tractors from that era. Many of the new tractors including Massey, John Deere, New Holland etc all lift very easily. The worst lifter were the lightweight Eicher tractors but even that did not stop farmers using them to pull very heavy trolleys well beyond their capabilities.
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I know Tafe lost a lot of market share in lot of areas but was not due to marketing deficiency but due to production constraints. TAFE/MF tractors command the best resale value in the market sometime even after 25 years. MF 1035 DI is the evergreen model and is so much in demand that the company has not been able to stop the model because of customer demand.
There is absolutely no doubt that TAFE rules in terms of fuel consumption, performance and technology not to mention resale when it comes to tractors. Being a TAFE dealer myself at my hometown, I can vouch for it, but it does not have the aggressive marketing acumen that Mahindra has.
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There is absolutely no doubt that TAFE rules in terms of fuel consumption, performance and technology not to mention resale when it comes to tractors. Being a TAFE dealer myself at my hometown, I can vouch for it, but it does not have the aggressive marketing acumen that Mahindra has.
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Dear All!
i am not creating a new and instead reviving this year old thread. We are planning to buy a tractor.

1. 4wd. not small like tramway bought but a full size one.

2. If 4wd not available, i will settle for 2wd.

3. Aftermarket/OE fitment of cabin as options for rains.

4. Have to be powerful to wade through muck and mud.

5. Easily serviceable.

6. Power steering

Please recommend along with price. etc.

Links to brochure website will be a good help

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My favourite would be the MASSEY FERGUSSON old model, its a classic and there are so many available, wonder how much a restorable one would cost?
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Dear All!
i am not creating a new and instead reviving this year old thread. We are planning to buy a tractor.

1. 4wd. not small like tramway bought but a full size one.

2. If 4wd not available, i will settle for 2wd.

3. Aftermarket/OE fitment of cabin as options for rains.

4. Have to be powerful to wade through muck and mud.

5. Easily serviceable.

6. Power steering

Please recommend along with price. etc.

Links to brochure website will be a good help
I would like to know a few things before I can suggest yo a particular model:
  1. Why do you need a 4wd?
  2. What application will the tractors be put to use.
  3. How long do you intend to keep the tractor?
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1. 4wd drive not a must but if it has its an added advantage.

2. Not for farming definitely. Just as a utility vehicle, will remain in garage for most of the time. Will buy a trailer/tipper and water tank later.

3. Like other vehicle that we have, it will be kept for ever.

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My favourite would be the MASSEY FERGUSSON old model, its a classic and there are so many available, wonder how much a restorable one would cost?
One in decent working condition can be had for 65K upwards, one near our village sold for 1lakh. I am also looking to get one. A decent respray and it will look brand new and as far as tractors go its a classic as is the Ford 3600.
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1. 4wd drive not a must but if it has its an added advantage.

2. Not for farming definitely. Just as a utility vehicle, will remain in garage for most of the time. Will buy a trailer/tipper and water tank later.

3. Like other vehicle that we have, it will be kept for ever.

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If farming is not going to happen, then I suggest you avoid 4WD as they have very high wear & tear. And since haulage is the primary application here, I would suggest a 45-50 HP tractor. In the TAFE / MF stable the one for you will the MF5245 DI.
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i found three models in TAFE that has 4x4. Its their export range, I don't know if they sell these here

I tried calling their Chennai office, i was kept on hold. Does anyone has their email.
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Dear All!
i am not creating a new and instead reviving this year old thread. We are planning to buy a tractor.
1. 4wd. not small like tramway bought but a full size one.
2. If 4wd not available, i will settle for 2wd.
3. Aftermarket/OE fitment of cabin as options for rains.
4. Have to be powerful to wade through muck and mud.
5. Easily serviceable.
6. Power steering
Please recommend along with price. etc.
Links to brochure website will be a good help
check same India , they have 4x4 line up (till 75 hp).
same

a scanned copy of 4x4 same 603.
What tractor should I buy?-tra.jpg

BTW i am trying to buy these two acquired by bank for our farm.
What tractor should I buy?-05072010002.jpg
& one new force ox 25 orchard tractor.
What tractor should I buy?-tractor_orchard.jpg
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