The TYM T433 CAB is used at on the Cannington Golf Course, part of Bridgwater College's Cannington Centre for Land-based Studies in Somerset.
New tees were required, so we put the tractor to work levelling the ground and preparing a seedbed with the Rotadairon stone burier.
Conditions on the day were hot and sunny. Because there had been very little rain in the preceding weeks, the ground was baked hard.If you think Tong Yang Moolsan (TYM) is just another Far Eastern tractor maker, think again. This is a serious tractor and if you've never tried one before, we reckon it will impress.
The TYM T433 CAB compact is lightweight and nimble but has everything you need. And just like a package holiday everything is included in the price. It has a 43hp Caterpillar Perkins four-cylinder diesel engine giving it plenty of pulling power and ample grunt. It has four-wheel drive.
It has hydrostatic power-steering to make handling easier. It has a fully adjustable suspension seat. Air conditioning, heater and radio are standard. And then there's the multi-speed power take-off (PTO) with electro-hydraulic engagement and two double-acting spool valves. This tractor has wet-disc brakes with real stopping power.
In our test we matched the T433 to a Rotadairon and used the combination in the preparation of a new golf tee. The ground was rock hard but tractor and implement didn't complain once. The T433 offers 34.4hp at the PTO and the lift capacity is 1,300kg. The synchro shuttle transmission provides 16x16 speeds so the right ratio can be found to operate Verti-Drains or overseeders.
Gardner did find it tricky to change from reverse to forward, the gear lever not always hitting home as he would have liked, but that might just be the demonstration model. Gardner found the ratios to be suited to the work.
The cab scored top marks. Gardner says: "The view from the cab is really good, there's a lot of glass. And the seat is comfy and there is a lot of adjustment in it. It rides really well."
There is good ground clearance yet the machine feels stable and there was not much bounce even when driving at speed over the hard, baked ground. A choice of tyres - turf, agricultural or industrial - should meet most needs.
The livery is now scarlet and looks smart. Combined with a nice profile, this tractor is not one you will be embarrassed to drive. A hydrostatic static version with cruise control is available.
Engine: 4-cylinder Caterpillar Perkins 42.7hp indirect injection
Transmission: Sync/shuttle 16F/16R
Max travel speed: 20.7km/h
Brakes: Wet disc
Hydraulic system type: Lift control: position/draft
Fuel tank capacity: 60 litres
Ground clearance: 24.5cm
Overall dimensions: 3.59 x 1.59 x 2.57m
Lift capacity: 1,336kg
Price ex VAT: £15,668 with ag. tyres
Contact: TYM 01428 658487
- Alan Mitch, machinery workshop technician, College of West Anglia, Milton Campus
- Andre Gardner, grounds manager, Bridgwater College, Cannington Campus