Archive for March, 2011

Introducing the Gleaner “Build And Quote” Online Product Configurator and Quoting Tool for US and Canada

Today we introduced an easy way to configure, price and compare new Gleaner equipment, right from the home office of current and potential US and Canadian customers. The tool is very user friendly and intuitive to use, enabling our online visitors to gain a better understanding of the many features and options available on specific equipment and see the list price. No registration is required which makes it convenient to research equipment information and pricing details.  We know that farm equipment purchase decisions are rarely made overnight and often involve several members of a farm business, so each detailed build summary with the list price may be emailed and printed for future reference.

After mixing and match the various options, customers may choose to request a formal quote from their choice of one of the three closest dealers. Dealers are notified of the request for quote via email and receive the build summary and optional trade-in, financing and warranty information if provided by the customer.

The new sites offer additional shopping tools to help customers prepare for an upcoming purchase of a combine or header. Visitors can compare models to those of the competition using AGCO Compare, view product information, use a payment calculator, learn about special offers details on financing options through AGCO Finance (

We know this tool will be an invaluable resource for customers, helping them to choose the right machine and options for their operation in conjunction with consultation with their local dealer.

So take a few moments to browse the new site and ‘share” with friends.

Gleaner Build And Quote:

Tell us, what product did YOU choose to build? Did you go ahead and request a dealer quote?

Valtra ANTS on the Road in Europe

Valtra ANTS, the famous concept tractor from Valtra, has officially started its world tour from the SIMA exhibition in Paris, France.

During the next months, the Valtra ANTS model in 1:5 scale can be seen at various farm exhibitions in Europe, for example Agritechnica 2011 in Hannover, Germany or the Ramava Spring 2011 show in Riga, Latvia.

Follow ANTS  Live Tour on the road at Or to see if the Valtra ANTS Live Tour will be coming to an European exhibition near you, visit

Have you already had a chance to see the Valtra ANTS concept? What do you like best about this concept tractor of the future?

MF 7485 Triggers New Thinking on Haulage

Hauler extraordinaire: Willie Prinsloo with his MF 7485.

A South African maize farmer has stepped up the efficiency of his haulage operations with an MF 7485 tractor equipped with Dyna-VT continuously variable transmission.

Bothaville-based Willie Prinsloo’s advice is simple: “Do your own haulage and use a tractor and trailer combination instead of a truck.”

Willie spends six months of the year hauling 24,000 tonnes of maize over a distance of 190 km to silos at Kroonstad. For five months of the year he also transports lime to Bothaville from Christiana, a distance of 160 km.

He says that a good tractor plus trailer costs about the same as a truck capable of hauling the same weight but the costs – such as insurance – are more reasonable.  “Long wait times at silos also mean that we can only transport one load of maize per day which further impacts on the profitability of truck transport,” he says.

The MF 7485 and trailer combo is boosting Willie Prinsloo’s maize income.

Willie carried out extensive tests to establish the costs of using different machines hauling the same load. His findings showed that the MF 7485 clocks an average 2 km/litre – significantly better than the other rigs he evaluated.

Indeed, the MF 7485 used 37% less fuel than a competitive CVT tractor. He also compared the MF machine to an interlink truck and here the tractor used 11% less fuel. “To cap it all, the MF 7485 is as profitable with soil preparation and planting,” he adds.

Massey Ferguson 5400 Series Tractors

The hardworking range of MF 5400 Series tractors has evolved with the introduction of four extra models, further ensuring that all your farming needs are covered.These responsive, powerful machines are designed and engineered for maximum versatility. Whether you are a livestock, dairy, arable or hillside farmer, an MF 5400 tractor will ensure the job gets done.

Superb visibility, high ground clearance, compact dimensions and excellent stability are just some of the features that make the MF 5400 range our new generation of tractors. Campbell Scott, Director of Sales Engineering and Brand Development for Massey Ferguson in Europe explains some key features of the new Massey Ferguson 5400 Series tractors at SIMA last month:

What do you think about the new 5400 series Massey Ferguson tractors?

Fendt 828 Vario: Record-Setting Results in DLG PowerMix

PowerMix test results confirm SCR technology

When implementing emissions stage 3b (Tier IV interim), Fendt also made economy a top priority and presented the first tractors, the new 800 Vario series, with the fuel-efficient SCR technology. Now the 828 Vario has gone through the PowerMix test at the DLG Test Centre and the results impressively confirm its fuel efficiency: the 828 Vario with 280 hp achieved an unprecedented low value of just 245 g/kWh.

When the first PowerMix tests were performed in 2005, values of 280 g/kWh were considered outstanding. Three years ago Fendt succeeded, as many times before, in setting a new benchmark: the 936 Vario achieved a result of 261 g/kWh. With the current results from the DLG Test Centre, Fendt presents another record-setting result: with 245 g/kWh, the 828 Vario sets a new world record and thus consumes 56 g/kWh less fuel than the average of all tractors tested in the PowerMix (Profi trade magazine) so far. This result can be attributed to the combination of Fendt Efficient Technology and the fuel-efficient SCR technology, in which the exhaust gas is after-treated with AdBlue urea solution. Despite reduced nitrogen oxide and particulate matter emissions, both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions can be reduced significantly using this technology. In this way, Fendt succeeds in implementing the current emission standard, while achieving “More from Less”, in keeping with the Fendt Efficient Technology philosophy.

Do you have a Fendt 828 vario? Do you see a significant change in your fuel consumption?