Farming Simulator 19: Tractors, trucks Farming Simulator 19 Guide and Tips
Last update: Monday, May 4, 2020
Tracktors in Farming Simulator 19 are divided into three categories: light (up to 150 hp), medium (up to 250 hp) and heavy (over 250 hp). They differ mainly in the power of the engine, but also in speed, size or even weight (a parameter not provided by the game, but visible during machine operation). In each category of tractors described below, we have chosen the most interesting models, those with the best price-to-quality ratio and those offering interesting functions.
- What should I pay attention to when buying a tractor?
- Light Tractors
- Medium Tractors
- Heavy Tractors
What should I pay attention to when buying a tractor?
The choice of tractors in Farming Simulator 19 is really big. Find out what are the requirements that your tractor needs to meet.
- When buying a tractor, pay particular attention to the power of the tractor and possibility of upgrading the engine. Some tractors, thanks to improvements, can increase their power output twofold. It's a good idea to invest in tractors that can be upgraded and developed for a long time. Note: Machines purchased under the leasing option cannot be modified at a later time - only upon purchase.
- The second parameter is the maximum speed. It is important, but rather for tractors with a specific application: for tractors that you will use for additional work (e.g. when logging trees) or transport, it is advisable to choose high speeds. However, if the main task of the tractor is ploughing, it does not have to be characterized by high speed. Note that any modification of the tractor engine always increases the maximum speed by 3km/h. Some work can be done at high speed, e.g. spraying - use fast tractors for this purpose.
- Check what's on the front: the lack of a mounting bracket in the front will prevent you from working with heavy machines (if you don't have a weight installed) and sometimes using several machines at the same time. On this occasion, also note whether it has a yellow shaft (PTO shaft) in addition to the bracket, which makes it possible to operate machines that do not have their own motor. Sometimes a weight is mounted at the front: sometimes it is a good solution (you don't have to buy and install them yourself), but at the same time you lose a bracket and the weight has a fixed value.
- Front loader - it's a good idea for at least one of your tractors to have a front loader holder in the early stages of the game. This way you can load pallets, bales or trees with your tractor without having to buy a special vehicle for this purpose.
- Traction and steering - this parameter is never directly indicated. Some tractors, for example, have a smaller turning radius, making them turn faster in the field and easier to control (watch how far away the wheels are on the axle - they usually will be capable of a larger twist). In addition, some tractors have rear swivel wheels (e.g. all JCBs), which also improves their mobility. However, the tracks are the most mobile option - but these are designed only for the most expensive vehicles (and they often limit the maximum speed).
- Note also the fact that heavy-duty tractors do not have the option of fitting narrow wheels! They rarely have the option of mounting front loaders.
The Fiat 1300 DT is one of the old, almost historic tractors. It the second or third greatest power in the light tractor category but:
- No additions or extensions (it has a pin at the front instead of a 3-point connection);
- Very big turning radius and small mobility;
- Very low maximum speed;
- Poor lights.
It is only suitable for simple but heavy work (e.g. ploughing) with basic, inexpensive equipment.
The Fendt brand is worth mentioning in this category: the 500 Favorit model has a front attacher, loader mounting capability and a decent speed (50km/h). However, the most important thing is that you can upgrade the engine up to 150 hp.
The Lindner Lintrac 90 is another nice tractor in this size category. It is a very small, weak but also very maneuverable tractor (with rear swivel wheels). Why pay attention to it? It's great as a small loader: it's very mobile and certainly a better choice than the basic loader: Kramer KL30.8T, which is weaker, uses the same loader attachment and costs $60,000 with much smaller capabilities offered.
The most interesting middle class tractor for those with a limited budget is the first model: CaseIH 7200 Pro Series. It's the perfect starter tractor that will serve for a long time, as its 170 hp engine can be upgraded to 261 hp. And for its price it offers a decent speed (40 km/h) and a front attachment.
Of the more expensive tractors, it is worth taking interest only in models with a power of 200+ hp. The most interesting tractor in this group is the Valtra T Series, priced at $175,000. It has parameters similar to all tractors in this price range: speed of 50 km/h, front attacher and front loader mounting, but most of all: change of direction. This means you can turn the driver's seat (as shown in the picture above) and drive the vehicle comfortably at full speed in the opposite direction. This significantly expand the possibilities of using the machine:
- In the inverted configuration, you turn the rear wheels to make turning easier,
- The weight of the machine is shifted towards the direction of travel - heavy equipment often does not require the use of weights,
- You can connect machines at the front and rear to drive through the field lane in one operation, turn around and do the other immediately.
JCB Fastrac 4220 is the fastest tractors in this category. It travels at 62 km/h, which makes it ideal for transport; the cost is $196,000. In addition, it has four steering wheels and the ability to attach a front loader. If you don't want to invest in a truck tractor, use this tractor to transport machines from the store or trailers with raw materials for sale.
Once again, the cheapest John Deere 7R Series tractor has the greatest engine upgrade potential, up to 352 hp. If you don't plan to buy the strongest version right away, you can get a Valtra S Series at a similar price, with 350 hp and some more bells and whistles. This time I point to this tractor not as the best choice to buy, but as a recommendation.
If you need a very powerful tractor, the best choice is the Massey Ferguson MF 8700. The basic version offers 350 hp for $250,000; when upgraded to 400 hp, you will pay $300,000. This is the best price-to-quality option in this category.
- You'll get the same power for $317,000 with the Valtra S Series - but with this tractor you'll have the ability to turn around the seat and have full control when driving backwards.
Just like the JCB mid-range tractor, the Fastrac 8330 has the highest movement speed: 70km/h. Since this is a "luxury" class, for 100 hp more and maximum speed 5km/h higher, you pay as much as for two Fastrac 4220 tractors. This is another position that I partially advise against, because this model does not have four steering wheels.
If you're looking for the most powerful tractor at the lowest price, the only one that exceeds the magical 500 hp limit is the Fendt 1000 Vario - with an improved engine it generates 517 hp at a price of $369,000. In addition, it's the fastest tractor (63 km/h) offering such power - every taller model with 500+ hp will drive only up to 43 km/h.
The last of the models listed here is aimed at people who absolutely need to own a tracked tractor. The cheapest option is the CaseIH Magnum Series, with either 409 or 435 hp, which has a track drive, but only on the rear (after modifying the wheels). You will pay $341,000 for the basic tracked version. In addition:
- This is the fastest tractor (50/53 km/h) with tracks that you can buy,
- Equipping only the rear axle with tracks is not as effective in terms of turning radius as a vehicle with full tracks.
- Note, however, that other tracked tractors do not have a front attacher.
The truck category contains five models of vehicles which are used exclusively for transport. They are characterized by high power (they can easily pull a number of trailers) and a fifth-wheel coupling, which enables a direct connection of large semi-trailers. In addition, no tractor can travel at 80km/h. If you don't use a tractor for transport and you are tired of frequently driving things from the store across the whole map and long distances to the collection points, it will be a very good solution.
If you want to connect a semi-trailer with a fifth wheel coupling to a tractor, you can do it. Find a special dolly in the shop that serves as an adapter.
Which truck to choose? The MAN TGS 18.500 4x4 is potentially the best choice. The reason for this is the set of hooks at the rear of the vehicle, which will allow you to connect any available semi-trailer in the game to it.
You can also purchase an upgrade for pin trailers (HDK/TDK series and sugarcane trailers) for Tatra Phoenix 6x6 Agro-Truck.
There are two pickup models available, which are the fastest vehicles in the game: they reach 120 km/h. You can use them to explore the area and the plots you want to buy, as well as for transport: on the cargo bed (they have the ability to attach the load with belts, so you don't have to worry about losing the goods along the way), or you can attach some small (and not too heavy) trailers to them. If you start with a small amount of money, you can buy (or better lease) one of these vehicles to make it easier to play: on the bed you can transport even a pallet of seeds, or drive with a small trailer and collect the harvester's yield.
- The more expensive model is more powerful, but has a less capacious cargo bed.