At the 51st annual National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky., AGCO Corporation shone its spotlight on a half-dozen major changes to the company’s product lineup, including new tractor, combine, draper header and planter options.
The robust number of debut is surprising to some, according to Alistair McLelland, vice president of marketing, North America.
“People tend to see the individual brands but not the overall company effort,” he says. “We’re not just Sunflower, or Gleaner, or Fendt, and so on. We’re a portfolio of brands, and we can appeal to any customer with our total offering.”
Highlights of new products for 2016 include:
Massey Ferguson 5700SL Series mid-range tractors build upon the 5600 Series, and include three models that range between 110 and 130 HP. Features include easier loader and headland turns, rear-mounted PTO engagement, the Auto-Guide 3000 automated steering system (in Deluxe Edition models), good forward visibility, spacious and comfortable cab, Tier 4 Final compliance and more.
“It’s a great option in dairy, livestock and hay operations, plus great for roadside mowing, snow removal and more,” says Blane Clark, tactical marketing manager. “This is a go-anywhere, do-anything workhorse.”
Massey Ferguson 4700 Series heavy-duty utility tractors will fill a niche as a powerful, durable utility tractor that can still manage heavier, larger implements and handle tough, demanding jobs, according to Warren Morris, tactical marketing manager.
“Producers have been waiting for a real tractor of this size, with this kind of performance, for a long time,” he says. “Many are looking for a new tractor in this horsepower range to use for more traditional field work, and one that offers the pulling power and lift capacity they need for a reasonable price.”
Models include the 7808 (80 HP), 4709 (90 HP) and 4710 (100 HP) open-station, 2WD and 4WD configurations.
The Gleaner S9 Series combines come in three models, the S96, S97 and S98. These combines have undergone major improvements inside and out, including a new Vision cab and Tyton terminal, along with modifications to the feeder house, drive electronics and drive mechanics.
“You can see right away that three’s something big, there’s something different,” notes Caleb Schleder, tactical marketing manager. “We’ve incorporated the latest technology, comfort features and even more engineering advancements to ensure our combines provide operators the ability to handle whatever harvest conditions they face during long days in the fields.”
The redesigned cab is 15% larger than prior models, with a 22% larger windshield. During corn harvest, the operating environment is as quiet as 75.5 decibels. Meanwhile, the Tyton terminal matches the needs of modern precision farming practices, Schleder says, and feeding capacity has been improved to meet modern harvest challenges.
The 9255 DynaFlex draper header has a fully flexible cutter bar plus 12 degrees of hydraulic tilt for the cutter bar and draper belt. Other new features were made with reliability and durability in mind so operators have maximum uptime and efficiency.
“As crop genetics increase yields and farm sizes increase, growers are challenged to harvest more acres each day and sometimes they face less than ideal crop conditions,” Schleder says. “The enhancements to our new 9255 DynaFlex draper header are designed to help producers of soybeans, cereal crops, milo and canola harvest quickly and efficiently even when facing tough and matted or tangled crops.”
White Planters 9800VE Series planters are the result of AGCO investing in planting technology from Precision Planting. The planter series has incorporated Precision Planting’s vSet meter, DeltaForce hydraulic downforce, vDrive electronic drive, 20/20 SeedSense monitor and optional FieldView data collection and mapping. There are three models with 30-inch row spacing for 12-, 16- and 24-row configurations – the 9812VE-30, 9816VE-30 and 9824VE-30.
White will continue to provide its White 9800 Series planters with White air meters. It remains a simple, reliable accurate system, according to Tom Draper, manager of product marketing.
“There are a plethora of options farmers have to customize their planters because their needs show great variability,” he says. “We’re expanding our commitment to accuracy, which has been a hallmark of White Planters for more than 40 years.”
Fendt 1000 Vario tractors include four new models – the 1038 (380 HP), 1042 (420 HP), 1046 (460 HP) and 1050 (500 HP). Josh Keeney, tactical marketing manager, says the tractor blends a 12.4L six-cylinder engine with a next-generation transmission. The result is a machine that is powerful, fuel-efficient, compact, agile and versatile, he says.
“From the new six-cylinder engine to the drivetrain and transmission, cooling system and hydraulics, all components work together precisely, ensuring these tractors always run in the maximum torque range and at the greatest fuel efficiency,” he says.
The tractors include a stepless VarioDrive, where torque is distributed freely and independently on both axis. When slip occurs on the front or rear axle, VarioDrive switches the torque from one axle to the other. During on-road travel, the transmission stops transferring torgue to front axle at 15 mph – and at higher speeds, the clutch completely disengages the front axle for elimination of drag and increased efficiency.
“These drivetrain enhancements allow the 1000 Vario tractors to be nimble and responsive for their size and power, really setting them apart from others in this category,” Keeney says.
The cab features state-of-the-art technology, too, including a 10.4-inch terminal, automated steering, fully automatic section control, GPS position data with wireless transfer and remote monitoring through the AgCommand telemetry system and Fuse Connected Services.
“We always have a pipeline of new products, but it’s a little coincidental to see so much hitting the market at the same time,” says McLelland. “But you can expect to see something new come out pretty much every year.”