Brian Patten’s Case IH Farmall 60B, with Titan Loader and Small Square Baler
Sound advice, superior service
Hobby Farmer steps up with Case IH Farmall 60B
It was a case of positive peer pressure for Brian Patten recently, and he couldn’t be happier with the outcome. The small land holder thought he was in the market to buy a 50 horsepower 4WA ROPS tractor with a loader, but local farmers were unanimous in telling him that “if you want a 50hp tractor, then buy a 60hp. And get a cabin not a ROPS”.
Not one to skimp on detail, Brian began by compiling a spreadsheet with 21 makes and models of 4WA tractors, comparing horsepower (in the 50 to 60 range), 3PL lift capacity, transmissions, engines and prices.
“I highlighted several brands off my spreadsheet, but the Case IH Farmall 60B ticked all of the boxes,” said Brian, who farms 20 acres.
“I use the tractor for small scale hay baling (it pays the rates). I also use it to spread fertiliser, for slashing and for general hobby farm and lifestyle duties, like collecting firewood and cleaning up,” said Brian, who added that the 800kg capacity of the tractor’s Titan 5500 Loader is a good combination of weight vs capacity. “The next model loader will lift 1,000kgs, but places an additional 350kgs over the front end.” In winter Brian keeps the Farmall in the shed where he runs his hydraulic wood splitter off the remotes.
After nearly 100 hours, Brian claims he has been very happy with his new Farmall 60B and with the service received from O’Connors.
“My experience with O’Connors was seamless.”
“I was very happy with the deal they gave me and they set the Farmall 60B to my requirements at pre-delivery. There is a gear range and PTO speed for every application, the shuttle function on the transmission is fantastic to use and the loader joystick is also conveniently placed.”
As for the cabin versus ROPS debate, Brian agrees it was good advice. “I opted for the cabin as the price to upgrade from ROPS was too good to refuse. The cabin is really well insulated, so much so that I have to crack a window open to listen to the baler, otherwise I wouldn’t hear it operating.