Small tractors at the Royal Show

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Two manufacturers displayed budget-priced tractors at the Pietermaritzburg Royal Show.

The Zar Trac J16 4x4.
The Zar Trac J16 4x4.
Photo: Joe Spencer

Keval Bodasing’s family has been farming on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast for five generations. His company, Zar Trac, markets tractors aimed at small-scale farmers.

The 12kW, three-cylinder Zar Trac J16 is the smallest in the range, yet is capable of carrying out most of the work on a small farm. It has a two-speed PTO, power steering, and matching implements, including ploughs, a rotary cultivator, harrows and a planter.

The Zar Trac J35.
The Zar Trac J35.

Some of us old-timers remember the days when 26kW Massey Ferguson tractors (without 4WD!) did much of the in-field hauling in the cane lands. So it makes sense that the top-of-the-range 25,7kW, four-cylinder Zar Trac J35 4×4 can cope with just about any job asked of it on a small-scale farm. It will also be useful for all those small jobs on a big farm.

All the tractors in the Zar Trac range feature a ROPS frame, a shade canopy, an auxiliary hydraulic outlet, and front and rear ballast weights.

A range of matching implements and attachments, including a back-hoe for tractors from 15kW up, is also available. Maximum digging depth is 1 600mm, unloading height 1 500mm, bucket width 250mm, and digging radius 2 100mm.

The bales made by the Zar Trac mini-round baler are of the size favoured for feeding horses, and can be handled easily by one person. Powered by a tractor of 18kW to 30kW, the mini-

baler can produce between 50 bales/ hour and 70 bales/hour.

Turf tyres

The Zar Trac J24 2WD seen here is fitted with special turf tyres. Coupled to a mower, it is ideal for maintaining large grassed areas such as golf course roughs and school playing fields.

The 1 532cm3 three-cylinder engine produces 18kW, making it more powerful than the original 15kW Vaaljapie TE20. It is equipped with power-steering and a two-speed PTO.

The Zar Trac J24 with turf tyres.
The Zar Trac J24 with turf tyres.

The J24 is also available with 4WD, and this version is particularly suitable for cultivating, planting, harvesting and field transport on a small-scale farm.

Joe Spencer is the mechanisation editor of Farmer’s Weekly.