The Massey Ferguson GC2400: Right-Sized Versatile Tractor

This flower grower says her GC2400 is the “perfect” tractor.

By Deborah R. Huso | Photos By Allen-Kent Photography

Di Rau runs a Massey Ferguson® GC2400 on Betsie River Centennial Lily Farm, using it for a variety of tasks. “My Massey tractor is my baby,” she says.

A 22.5-HP subcompact utility tractor with a cab, the GC2400 provides the right size and comfort for Rau—“This tractor is made for a woman,” she says—and also offers the ease of hydrostatic steering.

“It saves on the muscles in your arms!” she laughs. “And it makes really quick turns in the rows and keeps me from hitting the fence.”

In winter, Rau uses it for moving snow and appreciates that the snow blower mounts on the front, where she can see what she’s doing. “I use it for snow blowing as often as every day in winter, because the driveway is a quarter-mile long.” Rau adds, “I have a heated cab. I’ve been out there when it’s 19 degrees, snow-blowing in a T-shirt.”

The tiller mounts on the back using a 3-point hitch. “It’s like a quick-release hitch, so it’s really easy to back up and hook on a big tiller or a bush hog. You’re not struggling with it.”

Rau has run her GC2400 for seven or eight years. “I wouldn’t be able to function without it,” she says. “It’s perfect for me.”

Rau’s dealer is Gillison’s Variety Fabrication, Inc., in Benzonia, Mich., 8 miles from the farm. When she purchased the tractor, Rau was looking for something “woman-friendly,” easy to operate, yet still powerful enough to handle Michigan’s wet and heavy snow. Gillison’s showed her the GC2400 and offered her a 0% financing deal from AGCO, which helped make her purchase a no-brainer. She’s found the tractor completely reliable and easy to operate on her own and has had no need for any repair.

See Di Rau’s full story, “A Peaceful Place” >>