Rumours used to say there are more cattle than people in New Zealand. Whether that’s true or not is beside the point. What’s real is a significant part of the country remains agricultural.
Although some of the areas have already been converted to urban communities, at least 42% of the land in the country remained arable. This is according to the 2014 data. This also explains why farming vehicles are still in demand modes of transport and machinery. Even better, users now have more options available. To determine which of these vehicles are suitable for the farmland, here’s a short comparison:
Farmers who want faster but more durable types of vehicles can invest in Honda farm quad bikes. Quad bikes are four-wheeled off-road vehicles with motorcycle components. They also usually have low-pressure tyres, so they’re less likely to cause significant damage to crops. They are wide, which provide stability to the rider when traversing challenging surfaces such as in some New Zealand farmlands.
In New Zealand (and in many countries), these vehicles are classified as all-terrain (ATV). For this reason, children below 12 years old cannot ride them. If they are for work purposes, they are also subject to more regulations. For example, the driver needs to wear a safety helmet unless they are travelling no more than 30 kilometres per hour in between two farms. If the driver needs to bring the vehicle on the road, they need to have the right licence, which can either be class 1 or class 6. An ATV for agriculture, though, is not subject to a warrant of fitness.
Tractors are some of the most popular farming vehicles in New Zealand. One of the primary purposes is to haul or tow other types of machinery. These may include trailers and those used for tasks such as tillage, planting, and harrowing.
There are various kinds of tractors. Most of them are ideal for agriculture. For example, the subcompact tractor is suitable for simple jobs such as land maintenance. It is also excellent for smaller farmlands since the body, and the tyres are small and thin.
In New Zealand, tractors need to follow specific structural mass limits, depending on the type of axle. If it has a single axle, the allowable mass can be between 6,000 to 8,200 kilograms. If it comes with a pair of axles, the limit extends from 11,000 to 15,500 kilograms.
Also known as utility vehicles, the utes have become synonymous to the rugged lifestyle in the country. Its history also has traces in the farmlands of Australia.
These are many reasons why these vehicles remain appealing to New Zealand farmers. One, they can be multifunctional. For example, farmers can rely on them to haul produce and work tools during the weekday and to transport their family to a weekend holiday. They can also feature several amenities that make them comfortable, enjoyable, and safe to ride or drive. Perhaps the biggest downside is they don’t come cheap.
Which of these farm vehicles do you like? In the end, always consider these as investments, not expenses. They make agriculture more efficient, convenient, and productive.