New Holland’s TZ21D sub-compact tractor is proving to be the ideal workhorse on the Berkshire estate of Roger and Jill Gent.
This versatile 21hp tractor punches above its light-footed 662kg weight topping half-acre horse paddocks, mowing rough grass and orchards and keeping driveways tidy at Beedon Common Farm.
The TZ21D is fitted with a purpose-designed mid-mount 1.3m mower deck and Roger finds his tractor invaluable for mowing. “I am very impressed with the quality of the finish when I am cutting, it is a very good cut,” he says. “I have found that the size and manoeuvrability of the tractor and the visibility it affords are also excellent - the area around the stables is very tight so this is an essential quality.”
He also praises the user-friendly design of the TZ21D, explaining: “I can reach all of the controls from the seat and the deck raise and lower is hydraulic.”
Four-wheel drive makes light work of more challenging terrain and a ROPS frame protects the operator on sloping ground, while folding to allow access under low branches.
When not busy mowing, Roger explains that he simply lifts the deck out of work to make even more use of the tractor. Despite its compact size it is robust enough to work with a 2 tonne flat roller and with a linkage box for those odd jobs around the farm.
The TZ21D also makes light work of every horse owner’s least favourite chore, towing a suction ‘poo picker’ around the paddocks to clean up after their inhabitants!
New Holland groundcare dealer Oakes Brothers (Micheldever) supplied the TZ21D, a company with which Roger already has a strong relationship through purchasing agricultural equipment. He says: “I’m a big fan of New Holland tractors – a bit of a blue guy!”