Charlene Finck, Farm Journal Editor
It must have been a dirty job and the Fendt had to do it – from the looks for the Fendt 936 on display at the Agritechnica show in Hanover, Germany. It is the first tractor on a show lot that has more dirt than Armor All in my 25 years of reporting on machinery.
However, the tractor brought straight from work to the pristine exhibit hall, has proven to be a genius way to get attention for the 360 hp tractor known for it's high-tech ability to tackle tasks in the field. Farmers were ganged around the tractor all day, marveling at how caked it is with mud and wondering how it could even get enough air to keep the diesel engine running. Spectators are joking about how long it will take for someone to write "Wash Me" in the dirt.
Across the exhibit, you can see the exact opposite type of display – a spotless Fendt tractor painted gold to celebrate the production of the 100,000 Fendt Vario transmission. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) was introduced in 1995.
If you'd like to get a virtual look at the Fendt exhibit, check out the webcam at: http://microsite.fendt.com/agritechnica2009/en/livewebcam.html. Keep in mind, though, that the live coverage is only during show hours, which are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Germany time, which is 2 a.m. to noon CST. The show runs through Saturday, November 14.