Deutz-Fahr AgroKid 40

Don't be fooled by the word "agro". This tractor is definitely designed with horticulture, landscaping and municipal services in mind rather than the agricultural market. And don't be fooled by the word "kid". This is one beefy tractor and it's got lots of guts. Yet there's nothing vulgar or common in its appearance. This is a modern and sophisticated machine.

Sophisticated yes, complicated no. We are impressed with the layout of controls and ease of operation. The finish to the knobs, buttons and levers is first-class and they are colour coded for instant recognition. The dashboard is clear and easy to read. We are also impressed with the visibility from the driver’s seat — the radiator has been styled into the bonnet to give a good view of front-mounted equipment.
And, although the Kid may look chunky, it’s still compact. The engine is rated 41hp — yet the length and width of this machine are more in keeping with lower-powered tractors. What’s more, this one has an extremely dainty turning radius of just 2.6m (without brakes).
This tractor can go places some would not dare to venture. And with synchronised 12 x 12 shuttle transmission, you should save time when turning and manoeuvring. The synchromesh on the main shuttle lever means you can change gear on the move.
This tractor may look to have all the airs and graces of a top of the range car, but it’s a normal clutch-down-key-start and the engine purrs into action. Straight to top speed and our man is flying — the maximum 30km/h is handy when travelling between sites or dashing across the golf course. The engine — a Mitsubishi four-cylinder — is remarkably quiet. And it meets all the requirements of the Euro-II emissions standard.
A tight turn at the end of the drive and our tester heads back. Stopping is not a problem. This tractor has oil-immersed, triple disc brakes on the rear wheels. The brakes are remarkably responsive. “It feels like a substantial piece of kit and there’s plenty of power,” says the reviewer.
Looking under the bonnet proves surprising — it opens as easily as the bonnet of a car. We find that everything is conveniently placed for access to daily checkpoints and for easy service.
The other tester looks into the comfort factor. The power steering has its own hydraulic system and it gives a first-class performance right down to low engine speed. The seat is adjusted by a pump to increase the float and tension. The platform is of generous dimensions and is supported on four noise- and vibration-damping silent blocks.
While it gets 10 out of 10 for its looks and build quality, there’s no doubt this tractor is also a good all-rounder. It has four-wheel drive to maximise productivity and the diff lock is electro-hydraulic —using a combination of switch and oil. There are three full-function working areas. The front power-take-off (PTO) (optional) drives machines at 1,000rpm and can be switched independently to run separately from the rear. The rear PTO gives the choice of 540rpm, 1,000rpm or synchronised ground speed. There is also an optional 1,000rpm mid-PTO.
“It’s comfortable to drive and very manoeuvrable. You can tell it’s well designed and it’s certainly very well finished – but I expect you pay for that?” asks one of our testers. This versatile 40hp compact costs around £13,000.
For its build quality and power we reckon it’s a bargain. If you need a robust, well-powered but not too heavy tractor at a reasonable price, the AgroKid is a contender for your shortlist.

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