Tractor that I bought. As you know; it is the 55HP 4WD model, with a FEL and hitch on Backhoe.
The one that I bought was as per your suggestions and full Australian specifications not the standard Chinese model.
We also asked for larger tyres, and ROPS, as opposed to a full cab. The tyres supplied are also very good. We will soon have 35-37 of these tractors working on the
mine sites, with some being the 80HP model, to take advantage of the extra mass of that model. My experience with earth moving equipment and tractors extends of
farming as well as extensive mining operations. With regard to tractors I only used to own Ford and John Deer tractors, they are both good tractors.
Our mining operations are a few kilometres south of the equator in the South Pacific. The terrain is very mountainous with dense rainforest, and a lot of very heavy clay. The tractor works on haulage (dirt for the washplants), usually 10-15 tonne loads, as well as extracting logs from the forest for the bridges which we are currently building. Extracting and hauling logs is very hard work, and the tractor is continually working at its maximum ability or so one might think. The logs which we extract or up to 30 metres long with the girth up to 1200mm. We haul them from the forest and then push them into place across the rivers, using the FEL to line them up over the rivers. Even with all the heavy hauling we find that we never lack the correct gears, nor have we had any issues with the Ford. The tractor is very economical on diesel, despite it only being naturally aspirated. It starts first time, every time. The FEL is used all day for a multitude of things, including lifting, rolling logs and clearing forest roads that are overgrown with a strong vine which colonizes any open space here. The FEL is priceless! These tractors are good, reliable and great value. We will certainly continue to use them into the future.
Clinton Cain, Solomon Islands Gold & Spear Mining Pty. Ltd.
To Whom It May Concern.I purchased my Ford DQ554 tractor almost two years ago over which time it has accumulated 213 hours of use.To put these comments in perspective I am 62 years old and I work the tractor on my 100 acre significantly undulating cattle farm, plus assisted neighbouring farmers a number of times now. Based on using my Ford DQ554 for over 200 hrs now, I can say that I love this tractor and thoroughly enjoy every opportunity to use it. Some of the reasons for this are:
*The extreme value for money price
*The wonderful ease to get on and of the tractor (so nice at age 60 plus)
*The engines outstanding torque and power starting at just 1000 rpm
*The majority of my work is done in the 1000 – 1500 RPM range making it very fuel efficient
*The large size tyres which gives the tractor superb traction and stability
*The outstanding simplicity/ease to operate – ergonomically wonderful
*The forward/reverse shuttle shift, the rear differential lock, the ability to select two or four wheel drive, the foot throttle in conjunction with the hand throttle, the easy engine starting under all temperature conditions
*The large load capacity 4 in 1 front end loader
*The very powerful rear hydraulics, and
*The exceedingly heavy, robust steel front and rear axle construction, not to mention the thick rigid steel mudguards (not plastic like many other manufacturers use).
I have continued to watch the less than 60 hp tractor market since acquiring my 55 hp, and I can say nothing comes close to the Ford in terms of price to obtain a tractor of its capability. For the price it has exceeded my expectations in all areas; it’s simply fantastic. I unreservedly recommend the Ford DQ554 and in talking to the Australian seller at Hattonvale QLD the newer releases are even more improved!
I first purchased a Masey Ferguson tractor in March 2012 the initial reason I looked at the MF was mainly price. Another reason was I could buy an Masey F. for less than some secondhand tractors and they had a warranty!!
When I started looking for a new tractor I put together a list of things I needed and then spent time visiting all dealers in the Lockyer Valley. It became obvious very quickly that there were only a couple of companies that had the package that I was looking for without having to pay for ‘options’. My budget was very tight. To get to just one dealer I delved into the details of service warranties and local dealer after sales support.
Agrico Equipment had the AK404 tractor with everything I needed including flexible options with local after sales service at the right price. I already had a 3pl offset blade from my last tractor and I have since purchased a 3pl spray unit.
My property is on the side of a steep hill so safety was my 1st concern. I rarely take the AK404 out of 4wd and feel safe with the seat belt, ROPS and wheel weights that come standard. The slasher has easily dealt with everything I’ve thrown at it including a fair amount of Lantana clearing on steep ground. With the blade I have created tracks and shed pads into the hard clay on the side of our hill.
The 4 in 1 bucket is fantastic. Apart from pushing over the occasional dead tree, moving large water tanks and holding shed frames whilst I put the bolts in, I have spent over 50 hours carting and laying 120tons of asphalt onto my driveway, which has a 16deg slope. The tractor has done a great job and I’m not worried about the next 120tons!
Yes, things do “break”, but with the local support from Agrico Equipment I have not only been able to quickly repair problems, with information and parts, but also learn a lot about my tractor. Not been stuck in a standard warranty deal has been a great benefit as I can do the work myself straight away without risking breaking warranty guidelines. Most of the problems have been because of the lack of using Loctite on bolts but slowly I am resolving that.
The best thing for me is that the AK404 is a tractor that is powerful and robust enough to do what I need. It is a great base for the many tasks that I will be throwing at it and it is easy to maintain here on the property without needing propitiatory equipment and parts.
I recommend the AK404 as a very capable 40hp tractor package at a great price.
As you know this is the second Enfly tractor I have purchased. The older one was purchased about 8 years ago. The newer tractor has been very useful on our property in the Hawkesbury. I use it for a 6 foot tyne scarifier, a 500kg super spreader and a 10 tyne direct drill seeder.
In addition to the standard equipment supplied with the tractor, the positive down force post hole borer has been excellent. I have upgraded the auger to a “Digga” with removable teeth and the tungsten carbide tips allow me to drill post holes into the Hawkesbury sand stone country.
Due to the drought the slasher supplied with the tractor hasn’t been used a great deal but on the occasions it has been required it’s done a good job.
The upgrade of the hydraulic hoses and the added function of the float are a good improvement on the previous model. The tractor may sit in the shed for weeks at a time and always starts immediately.
Both my wife and I are very satisfied with the Enfly tractor for the purposes that I purchased it for. It’s been a very reliable machine.