Tumosan Tractors from Turkey is a company that continues the great tradition of producing Fiat look-alikes, a path to tractor production made by many manufacturers around the world over the years.
Classic Fiats were tough machines designed to perform efficiently in all conditions of the world, and the formula has worked for decades, and it still holds true today.
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In this Turkish iteration, they are produced as “no frills” tractors with no options or other expensive attachments included to justify the higher cost.
Not only does this mean the price is kept low, but it also means production isn’t interrupted by exotic components stuck in a container somewhere off the Atlantic coast.
Order one today and you’ll see one standing in your yard in just eight weeks, and that delay is only because the importers, Brogan Tractors of Clogan, Co. Offaly, have sold all their stock at Plowing this year .
There are, apparently, plenty available from the factory, so it’s just a matter of shipping rather than waiting for an assigned frame number to hit the track, whenever parts are available for the complete.
Basic tractors aren’t for everyone and the big name brands have managed to satisfy customers looking for extra comfort and operator aids.
On large tractors with big engines that are expensive to run, many of these extras make a lot of sense if they help the tractor run more efficiently, and they shouldn’t be lightly ignored.
However, further down the scale, in situations where the tractors are not used as intensively, the possibilities for reducing operating costs are not as pronounced, but a great saving can be made by investing less in The tractor.
Economy tractors have a mixed reputation, however, and that, according to Michael Brogan, owner of Brogan Tractors, is very often undeserved.
Choice of Tumosan style
The Tumosan brand was first imported to Ireland in 2001 and over the years has racked up 400 sales, 340 of which have been made by the current importer, who has run the agency since 2012.
Today, two ranges are introduced, the 8000 series and the 8100 series.
The first are the classic Fiat-type tractors with the famous square styling and louvered hood. They are available in 10 hp increments from 75 hp to 95 hp and are based on a 3.9L turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
The transmission is a three-speed manual gearbox, two ranges and a splitter, or 12 speeds in all. There’s a radio and, in a nod to creature comforts, air conditioning is standard on all models for the Irish market.
Although the main selling point of these tractors is their low price, the company recognizes that there are users who would appreciate a little more civility, and for those they produce the 8100 series.
On these machines, the basic cabin is replaced by a luxury version, and four additional gears are included in the gearbox.
The cabin is roomier with a decently sized door allowing easier access to a better laid out interior, and, while still spartan compared to many more expensive machines, it has a flat floor and a passenger seat.
Extra power available from Tumosan
Demand for tractors under 100hp is down, so the 8100 Series has a 105hp model squeezed into the top end. This has a larger bore engine which gives it a displacement of 4.1L.
If that’s still a little tight, then towards the end of next summer we’re promised two new models, one 115hp and the other 125hp, which will bring the range in line with the demand for increased performance. .
Otherwise, tractor specifications are about the same as the 8000 series, although the extra features of the deluxe models make them as popular as the base versions, with sales split evenly between the two.
The bottom line
As these are considered budget tractors, it’s the price that’s likely to seal the deal and on that front they don’t disappoint.
The best-selling model, the Classic 8095 which, as its name suggests, develops 95 hp, is currently offered at €49,500 including tax.
As already mentioned, an extra €5,000 will buy roughly the same machine but with the deluxe cabin, while a Rossmore loader will add €8,500 to €10,000, depending on spec.
The top-of-the-line 8100, offering 105bhp and a luxury cabin, is still £54,500, which compares to the £80,000 plus VAT where much of the mainstream competition starts.
Economy tractors are not for everyone or for all situations, but as Michael Brogan points out, in this sector they have little or no competition in Ireland, and even at this end of the market it can provide us with a reliability, and perhaps even greater longevity without depending on the electronics.
The Brogan family are an enterprising clan with five brothers selling tractors in the west of Ireland, and it looks like the next generation are still interested in selling machinery.
Niall and Cathal Brogan, nephews of Michael, started importing the Avenger brand of compact tractors from India.
These, too, are sold at a bargain price, €12,750 for 26hp, 4×4 on agricultural tyres. Industrial or turf tires will add an extra €500 to the bill, but all of these prices include VAT.
The engines are four-cylinder units made by Mitsubishi while the transmission has nine forward gears and three reverse gears. A dual-circuit hydraulic pump manages the power steering and external services.
Intended for both the landscaping and agricultural sectors, these tractors are already selling well. A container of 16 machines was introduced earlier this year and 13 of these machines are on sale, with the remaining three on display at Labour, awaiting buyers.
In addition to tractors, there is a growing range of attachments ranging from post drivers to toppers and finishing mowers. A mower deck for landscaping work can also be ordered directly from the factory.
The rear linkage has a lifting capacity of 750 kg and the total weight of a bare machine, including the standard ROPS bar, is 1130 kg.
Complete lights are included allowing them to be registered for road use right out of the box.