New Holland T8030

AS the T8030 isn't the New Holland flagship, though it is the lowest powered tractor in our group, it was expected to work hard to keep up with the competition. But when hitched up to the 3m Stubble Finisher it proved it could romp along at 11kph or there about, flicking from 11th to 10th when coming across some compacted ground.

According to the user friendly performance monitor on the ‘A' pillar, fuel use was in the high teens and early twenties litres per hectare with the engine having to work up around 1,800 rpm to maintain the required forward speed for a good finish.

It did a good job of putting the power to ground and once users got over the exterior styling they started to enjoy what they were driving – many commenting that it did not feel like a big tractor. There was a little more noise in the cab compared to the Magnum but this may have something to do with the smaller capacity engine having to work at higher revs.

The powershift steps were also relatively slick but dare to use the clutch pedal with some revs on and you'll wonder if your head has left your shoulders. Far better is to rely on the smooth uptake of the powershuttle.

THE CAB

GETTING into the spacious cab of the T8030 is a pleasant task with the aluminium footsteps just giving a nice touch. Shorter operators also appreciated having the door handle at the bottom of the door so it can be opened from ground level.

But when pulling it shut the back window on both the T8030 and the Magnum 310 which it shares its cab with would pop open. Its down to in cab air pressure which helps reduce noise. Also when finishing at the end of the day the door needed a good shove to close properly from outside.

The drivers seat is very comfortable and the arm rest can be moved fore and aft to suit different operators. Once the foot pedals are no longer needed you can slew the seat to either side and stretch your legs out and get comfortable for a long days work. Turning on the heated seat helps with a sore back and adds to the overall comfort of the big blue.

THE ENGINE

UNDER the short bonnet of the New Holland is a Cummins 8.3 litre, which it shares with its smaller Magnum stable mates. The distinct short nose look of the T8000 tractors is achieved by not having a drop box between the engine and the transmission, which Case IH uses. New Holland argues that this gives a more direct driveline which in theory means less power loss.

The engine in the T8030 is rated at 273hp at 2,200rpm and rises to 307hp at 2,000rpm while the constant power band is between 1,500 and 2,200rpm. The maximum torque of 1285Nm finds its way to the wheels at 1,500 engine revs.

The short bonnet on the big New Holland lifts high out of the way and the radiators unfold for cleaning.

THE CONTROLS

THERE should be no problems jumping into the New Holland and doing some work without having to reach for the operators manual – it is all pretty well laid out and easy to understand. We really liked having the powershift buttons on the powershuttle stick, then using a separate hand throttle. This made headland shunting easy.

Spool valves are proportional although the switches are a bit clunky compared to the smoother motion of the Massey. Hydraulic flow is altered using the display on the cab ‘A' post or for on the move tweaks there are dials built into the armrest. New Holland owners will be able to plump for the IntelliView colour screen on tractors for next season providing a display for ISO compatible kit.

There is a headland sequencing system called HTS but we chose to run things manually for two reasons. When just pulling a cultivator there is not that much to do when turning on headlands but more frustratingly when doing short work and coming to the headland we often had to step on the clutch or select neutral. Doing so disengages HTS and it will not resume at the point it left off when re-engaged.

FRONT SUSPENSION

THERE are three front axle options for the T8000 series – standard beam, the tight turning SuperSteer or Terraglide version with front suspension which was fitted to this tractor along with 19 speed 50kph transmission.

We left the suspension engaged. Its 112mm of travel combined with the air-suspended seat to provide a comfortable ride. All manufacturers say front axle suspension help keep the tyres in contact with the ground but the T8030 can still power hop, so it may be worth opting for the wider 800/70R38 rear rubber if you don't want to have an experience not dissimilar to a bucking bronco fair ride.

The steering stops are very easy to alter thanks to the multi hole bar, and the steering angle on rigid and suspended axle versions is 55 degrees with a turning circle of 10m while the Supersteer version turns an extra 10 degrees cutting the circle to 9.2m. We found that the suspended axle still made the T8030 an agile tractor in the field and in the yard.

THE VIEW FROM THE SEAT

THE short bonnet on the T8030 does give the impression that you won't see as much to the front as the wasp waist on the Case IH and Deere, but we did find that you can actually get closer with the New Holland. But because the bonnet is rather wide you don't get a good view down the sides so the New Holland would not be my choice of tractor for using with a front mounted piece of kit that needs to be frequently in view.

There are plenty of air vents around the dash to keep the operator comfortable and when using the climate control the set temperature is momentarily displayed on the ‘A' post performance monitor.

For the unaware, having the wiper controls on the right hand console did cause some bother but we did like having the wiper for the large right hand window. Good sized electric mirrors are useful although even on their narrowest setting they do stick out.

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