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When it comes to farm machinery, Taranaki farmer and ex-representative rugby player, Kevin Barrett, looks for equipment that works as hard as he does now and when he played as a tough second-rower.

Tractors top his list, and he can’t go past trusted brands New Holland and MX.

In choosing his latest tractor, a New Holland T6020 Elite with MX loader, the Norwood Brand Ambassador, phoned his local Norwood dealer and told his local sales team that he wanted a tractor that would “do everything from feeding out to powering heavy implements and towing heavy loads, so it had to have a back end as heavy as a front row.”

As father to professional rugby players Beauden, Scott and Jordie he knows robust and powerful when he sees it.

The New Holland T6020 Elite model also had the extra features Kevin was looking for.

“It has dual engine speed control, which is great for PTO work, it also has the auto gear short button which selects the right gear for you when you’re doing a certain job.”

The tractor had to have cab suspension and auto engine speed control, which Kevin says is “very handy when you’re powering an implement on the back.”


A giant among men, Kevin also needed a large spacious cab. The New Holland T6020 Elite ticked that box too enabling Kevin to drive with his legs fully outstretched.

Kevin paired his tractor with an MX loader featuring a hydraulic joystick for smooth and precise control.

“The design of the MX loader, with the centre piece, gives you great vision from the cab when you’re picking up something off the ground with the forks, like a pod or a pallet. The loader is a two-minute job to get off.”

For Kevin and his tireless work rate, the New Holland T6020 Elite and the MX loader are a great team.

“They do all the jobs I need them to do and they’re a great addition to the farm.”