Factory Expansion for AGCO Tractors
Before the end of 2011, high-horsepower Challenger and Massey Ferguson wheeled tractors will roll off the line at the AGCO factory in Jackson, Minn. The announcement was made at the company's
national dealer meeting in January.
"This announcement actually kicked off our meeting," says Bob Crain, senior vice president and general manager for AGCO North America. "This is one of the many things our company is doing to get closer to the North American customer and dealer."
He says the manufacturing move will benefit North American dealers and farmers in two ways: more specific configurations will be available and there will be shorter delivery times from the factory. Previously, the Challenger MT600C Series and Massey Ferguson 8600 Series had a minimum 30- to 60-day wait for delivery from Beauvais, France.
The manufacturing footprint in Jackson will be expanded by about 75,000 sq. ft. Currently, the factory produces Challenger track and articulated four-wheel-drive tractors, as well as application equipment, such as floaters and self-propelled sprayers.
"This facility has an approximate 50-year history manufacturing agricultural equipment," Crain says. "Just about everyone at that factory is tied to agriculture, and you can’t put a price on what it means to have every employee understand the expectations of our customers and dealers."
The public announcement was made Jan. 27 in Jackson. More than 1,000 people attended, including the factory employees and local and state government officials.
An additional 100 workers are expected to be hired when the expansion is complete. Besides the increased manufacturing footprint, a 17,000 sq. ft. visitor’s center will also be constructed on-site.
The Jackson business began in 1963 when Ag-Chem Equipment was founded to distribute spraying equipment. In 2001, AGCO acquired Ag-Chem.
"This is just one example of the company’s continued commitment to success in serving the North American market," Crain says.
"As a company, we’re making record-high capital investments, and our research and development budget as a percentage of sales is industry-leading for many products," he adds. "In a recent meeting with customers and dealers, someone said, ‘This isn’t my father’s AGCO,’ and I took that as a compliment."
Power Through Forage Harvest
With three models, Krone North America launches the new lineup of BiG X forage harvesters. Powered by MAN engines, the models include the 775 hp BiG X 700, the 850 hp BiG X 850 and the 1,078 hp BiG X 1100. These forage harvesters are built with the VariStream crop flow system, which reduces the risk of blockages while maintaining high output levels. VariStream adapts the cross section of the crop flow as the crop volume varies using spring-loaded plates in the cutting cylinder and the crop blower. The BiG X 1100 features the new Krone Power Management System that allows operators to adjust engine output by switching from Eco-Power mode to X-power mode. For more, visit a Krone dealer or www.krone-northamerica.com.
Built with a Super Boom
At the 2011 National Farm Machinery Show, New Holland debuted the 200 Series skid-steer and compact track loaders. The new series offers seven skid-steer loaders and three compact track loaders. Using a customer-driven development process, the company identified 100 client needs. The 10-person proving ground test team made up of five farmers and five construction customers helped design a machine built around the user. The Super Boom loader arm provides extended lift and reach. More than 50 attachments can be matched to these machines. Visit a New Holland dealer or www.newholland.com/200series.
Farm Chore Tractor
Built specifically for chores using a front-end loader, the Massey Ferguson 5450 allows the operator to see the edge of the bucket from the seat in the cab. The Hi-Visibility Hood is redesigned to be lower at the front to improve sight lines and eliminate blind spots. The tractor is powered by a 75 PTO hp Tier 3 emissions-compliant Perkins 1104D 44TA turbo-charged engine. The standard Dyna-4 transmission is also available with a supercreeper option. A new left-hand power control lever mounted to the steering column, offers operator-controlled forward/reverse shuttling, powershift changes and fingertip declutching. This lever also leaves the operator’s right hand free to operate other controls. For more information, visit a Massey Ferguson dealer or www.masseyferguson.com.
New Radial Tires
Goodyear Farm Tires introduces three radial implement tires: the Goodyear FS24, the muck master radial and the Super Flot radial. All three feature higher load capacity and greater resistance to puncture. The large contact area of radials provides better flotation and less soil compaction. With longer footprints, the weight is distributed over more surface area, reducing the amount of ground-bearing pressure. The Goodyear FS24 is built for tow-behind implements, such as planting and tillage equipment. The muck master radial is built for heavy implements, such as grain carts. The Super Flot radial is built for anhydrous ammonia tanks, fertilizer applicators and other implements that require high flotation. For more, visit a Titan dealer or www.titan-intl.com.
Double Grain Auger
To help simplify grain handling, Sukup Manufacturing introduces the Double Run Conveyor. The conveyor can replace a roof auger, transfer auger, dryer take-away auger or a permanently installed transport auger. The Double Run Auger allows grain to flow through the bottom tube and the chain and paddles return in the top tube. The system is available in different sizes and is easily paired with the Chain Loop Conveyor. To decrease installation time, the Double Run
auger is delivered with pre-attached tubes, chains and paddles. For more information visit www.sukup.com.