Quad 20 Tractor - Industrial User
"We purchased our Goldoni Quad 20 based on its advertised capabilities and a whole-hearted recommendation from another satisfied customer in our industry. Alan and the team organised a demo for us and undertook training of our staff in its use. The machine he was able to customise to our own preferences by moving hydraulics and adding a non-standard power winch.
As reported, the off-road capabilities are excellent and surprisingly, despite the width of the flotation tyres, we find it easier to negotiate tight woodland routes than with our previous smaller machine, due to the pivoting chassis. In fairness, the tractor is very tough and we broke our old trailer in a week putting it in places we never could before. One feels that the tractor will outlive the majority of implements we attach to it, due to its brutality.
The tractor has been excellent. An apparently uncommon factory fault was resolved very quickly and without quibble under warranty and likewise an issue with the third party implement. During our somewhat brutal use of the machine, a broken light unit and lost check chain ordered on the Friday afternoon arrived on the Tuesday morning.
All in all we have found both the tractor and CTM to be excellent."
- Yorkshire Water
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Quad 20 Tractor - Private Individual
"I breed and show rare sheep on my smallholding in Cumbria, running the farm single-handledly and, as all smallholder know only too well, looking after the land can be a big job, with grass too long, fertiliser to spread, harrowing to reseed, to name but a few problems. What can we do? We have to look for contractors who are willing to come out to do these jobs for you. From past experience I have found that because we do not have hundreds of acres, finding a local contractor who can get his large tractor onto our land can be a problem. Then, contractors do not come cheap.
I saw an article about Goldoni Quad Tractors, showing details of CTM in Yorkshire. I telephoned and arranged a demonstration. I might add that I am five foot nothing and did not have a clue as to what I was letting myself in for by wanting to drive my own tractor!
The big day arrived and it was quite daunting to see this mini tractor on Alan Brown's trailer. Once it was unloaded and I had a good look at it, I thought I would never be able to drive it as they are a complete tractor, but in miniature.
However, after it was all explained to me, I was amazed at what I would be able to do for myself on my smallholding. I decided to have one and went for the flotation wheels so that I would not get stuck in the mud and extended footplates for easy access on and off the tractor.
The number of implements and accessories that are available means that you are able to do all your own jobs yourself - I bought a flail mower and fertiliser spreader and have just bought some chain harrows. I cannot emphasise the capabilities of this little machine and all the money I have saved simply by having it to hand and to be able to get on with jobs and not have to wait for contractors to show up (that is if they bother to show up at all).
I cannot speak too highly of the after-sales backup and on the odd occasion that I have had problems (mainly because of being female and not understanding anything about machinery), you always have a friendly voice at the end of the phone and never have to wait to have someone arrive to sort your problem out.
It was definitely the best purchase for my smallholding."
- Moira Linaker, Cumbria (2006)
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Quad 20 Tractor - Private Individual
"My Quad 20 was bought for general usage in a small privately managed woodland. Before buying the Quad 20 I had had both a compact tractor and a quad bike. I found that the compact tractor was fine on flat, stable ground, but its relatively high centre of gravity made it quite unstable on rough or very wet ground and after one near roll-over, it was disposed of. The quad bike was fine for getting around, but was only capable of pulling a small trailer over rough areas. It also seemed to require copious amounts of petrol.
I saw an advert for a product similar to the Quad 20 and visited the dealer, had a relatively limited demonstration and it seemed as though they didn't really want to sell me anything!! Some time later I came across CTM and after a couple of telephone conversations, visited them to look at and try the machine. My questions were fully and courteously answered (and in retrospect some of them were probably close to the "stupid question" category!); the machine was fully demonstrated on some quite severe terrain and I was also given more than adequate opportunity to try it for myself.
The visit resulted in an agreement to bring the tractor onto my land since Alan's, whilst steep in parts, was relatively dry, whereas mine could be extremely wet. For the appointed morning I had devised a route round the woodland which was along the lines of "if it will go round that it will go anywhere". One part I judged to be far too wet and boggy for the quad bike and it was certainly absolutely impossible to walk through.
This last part did cause Alan to pale slightly and ask "it does have a bottom to it doesn't it?" However, with water and mud almost up to the tyre tops, the tractor plodded through this area and coped with all the other challenges with an ease that was frankly amazing. After this, the only thing left to settle was "when can I have one?"
Driving an articulated unit over rough and steep terrain can be rather disconcerting initially, since having the front roll-bar tilting backwards, twisted sideways and sloping as the front part of the unit moves independently of the rear, gives a rather different "forward picture" to that of a rigid unit - you don't realise how much you use the roll-bar to "frame" where you are going until it doesn't! However once you get used to this, the tractor is very easy to drive and the multiple gears, combined with the wide track and tyres, really do make it an incredibly "go anywhere" machine that has proved its worth over and over again. In spite of being asked to pull heavy loads through conditions which most other units would baulk at, it has only been "stuck" once and that was when I misjudged the width of a ditch and managed to drop neatly into it!
Having now had the tractor for several years I have had a variety of attachments and implements as the required applications have changed and all have performed as expected. The fact that the Quad 20 tractor has both a 3-point linkage and PTO's obviously make it a far more versatile machine than a quad bike. One other feature is that under normal usage, the fuel consumption is minimal - and of course "red" diesel is much cheaper than petrol.
There have only been a couple of minor problems and these have been sorted out very quickly and at reasonable cost. The back-up service from CTM has been exemplary.
An essential piece of equipment that I wouldn't be without."
- David C. Bedding - North Yorkshire (owner since 2002)