Plenty of pulling power

Giant tractor pulls a crowd in Stoke

Last updated 07:52 12/10/2012
Marshall Rayne
BIG RIG: Christchurch visitor Marshall Rayne 10, is dwarfed by the Case Quadtrac 600 tractor that was on display at On Farm Agri Centre in Stoke.

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"It's big."

That was how 12-year-old Fletcher Rayne described the Case IH Quadtrac 600 tractor, and with the nearly four metres tall machine towering above him, no one was arguing.

The 24.5 tonne, 12.9 litre, 600 horsepower beast has been parked in front of On Farm Agri Centre in Stoke for the past week, and an open-day yesterday allowed the public to come and have a look at the machine.

Fletcher said he would love to own the machine, but was unsure what he would do with it, and he would need a farm to put it on first.

Brother Marshall, 10, said the machine was amazing.

"It would be cool if I knew how to use it."

Tractor technician Dave Hearn said the tractor was "an out-and-out pulling tractor" useful for operating in big open paddocks and dairy conversion.

"Anything you pull behind it has got to be big."

On Farm owner Gary Reilly said having the tractor in the yard all week had been great, with many people stopping by to check it out.

The machine had been sold, and was now on the way to Canterbury.

Case IH representative Ivan Wildbore said his company imported about four or five of the machines a year, and was the largest product they sold.

"The biggest and the best," he said.

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