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!