• Drive your choice of a 2018 John Deere or 1988 Case International tractor
• Safety briefing including an introduction to the tractor and its controls
• Practice basic manouvres in the tractor
• Familiarisation of the driving course
• Drive the course in the tractor including some reversing
• Allow 45 minutes for this experience with around 25 minutes drive time
• If opting for the John Deere tractor you will also experience GPS guided steering
Old vs New Tractor Experience
• Drive both the 2018 John Deere and 1988 Case International tractor
• 25 minutes driving each tractor (50 minutes total drive time)
• Allow one and a half hours on site for this experience
• John Deere 6195R 2018 Model
• 195hp modern tractor with auto gear box, electric controls and touch screen set up including GPS guided steering
• Case International 1455 XL 1988 Model
• 145hp 30 year old tractor with manual gear box and manual lever controls
What Can I Expect
Want to go tractor driving in Wiltshire? You’ve come to the right place. Tractors are the workhorses of the land and we salute them with these brilliant tractor driving experiences on a working farm and agricultural training centre in Wiltshire
The land on and around Rowdefield has been farmed by the Butler family since 1860. Today there are around 500 acres, with a trio of tractors working the land. But farmer John (the current Butler in charge!) also has a decade of experience teaching agriculture and business, which is why he decided to offer training courses in all things agriculture (from tree felling to tractor driving) at his Wiltshire farm.
We have put together these tractor driving experiences so you can have go at driving these amazing vehicles. And what a pair of tractors we’ve got lined up for you. In the 80s when most of us were watching the A Team and Grange Hill, the Case International 1455XL was out in the fields smashing it. This German-built tractor was legendary in farming circles. Rugged, pretty much bullet-proof and powerful enough to pull a house down they used to say!
Fast forward to present day farm machinery and the John Deere 6 series is the shining star of ploughing, drilling, bailing, shifting, lifting - whatever you want it do. This green giant of a tractor is the powerful 195bhp (yes, we know that IS a lot more than you’d think for a tractor isn’t it?), 6.8l engine 6195R model. Inside the cab is high-tech, with automatic gears, electronic controls and even GPS guided steering.
And don’t forget, this is a training farm, so you will be experiencing at first hand the natural habitat of these impressive machines, with an experienced teacher guiding you as you go.
Whilst we might not fancy getting up at 4am at harvest time, we have to admit that the idea of being able to drive a proper tractor on a proper farm is an opportunity we couldn’t miss and we think you’ll love it too. Book your tractor driving experience in Wiltshire at this Devizes farm and see for yourself just how big, capable and fun to drive these tractors are.
• Selected weekdays and weekends throughout the year
• Dates and session times are subject to availability
• Minimum age 16
• Under 18s must be accompanied on site by an adult
• Spectators are welcome
• No dogs allowed on site
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• Suitable outdoor clothing and footwear should be worn
• Devizes, Wiltshire