His property is 180 km north of service centres in Whangarei and 27 km north of Kaitaia.
“Up here we are on our own, and I was looking for a tractor that is reliable, as downtime costs money.”
Ivan says Fendt is known for reliability and it is worth the extra penny when it comes to quality and durability.
He bought the 211P when he needed another tractor to handle the extra work created by the new orchard. He stuck with Fendt because he had such a good run with the 209P and he likes the Vario transmission.
With the Vario transmission the 211P can work at speeds from 20 m/h to 40 km/h.
“The Vario is very good for trenching, root pruning pine shelter belts and heavy mulching as I can set the exact forward speed.”
The engine delivers its top speed at 1700 RPM. He does most of his PTO work at 1900 RPM, compared to other tractors he had that would have to do that work at 2200 RPM. This helps explain why it is so fuel efficient, and also quiet.