Presented by Stephen Richmond and narrated by Jonathan Whitlam, the two DVDs
which constitute Modern Tractors take a close look at the new tractors
of the first years of the 21st century.
Part One brings together the most sophisticated machines from John Deere,
Claas, Valtra, Same Deutz-Fahr and Case IH. Stephen also explains how the
powershift transmission has developed over the years to give more automated
functions before developing into the ultimate - the constantly variable gearbox
of the 21st century.
Each manufacturer's models are looked at, starting
from the origins of the models built today so that with John Deere we start with
the 6000 and 7000 series of 1992 and see how they developed through the various
models since then until we see the present day 6030, 7030, 8030 and 9030 ranges
all hard at work. This is then brought right up to date with the latest 8RT
The Claas section sees the advent of the Renault Ares
range which was later taken over by Claas as well as the development of the
Xerion tractor and the Caterpillar Challenger sold in Claas colours. The new
Claas Axion and Arion ranges brings the Claas story up to date.
starts with the Valmet and later Valtra Valmet tractors of the 1990s before
moving to the new T and S Series built under the ownership of AGCO.
Same Deutz-Fahr brings together many different makes including Same,
Lamborghini and Hurlimann but here we concentrate mainly on the Deutz-Fahr line
which has since proved to be the trend-setting brand within this Italian group
Finally Case IH comes under the spotlight with a look at
the development of the high horsepower Magnum range. This starts from its
inception in 1988 and runs through to the powerful Magnum range of today as well
as the MXM and MXU models and the Maxxum and Puma models that replaced them, to
name but a few.