Archive for November, 2011

Challenger TG845 TerraGator walk-around – Agritechnica 2011

Thom Sanders, Product Specialist Applications, gives us a tour around the new TerraGator 845. This is the first 4-wheeled TerraGator on the market in Europe and offers a new integrated drive line, to offer the customer ultimate power and efficiency in fuel economy. This TG845 has an AGCO SISU Power engine with SCR technology. This machine has a brand new look, consisting of a smaller nose to give the operator a better view and a safer entrance with a large platform and bigger door. The TerraGator 845 is currently shown as a pilot machine, and will be going into production next year.

Challenger VIP Used Equipment Program – Agritechnica 2011

Fran Van Asseldonk, Sales Used Equipment, introduces the new VIP (Vehicle Inspection Program) for Europe, Africa and the Middle East regions  at Agritechnica 2011. The VIP program was launched to help customers start a business with a used machine. Before buying a used machine, customers need to be certain that the specific machine has been checked and serviced and this is what the VIP service offers. Challenger will check, service then re-build the machine, giving it an extended warranty.

Challenger MT800C track tractor walk-around – Agritechnica 2011

Luca Cattani, Product Marketing Manager, takes us on a tour of the Challenger MT865C. The Python tractor was created to celebrate 25 years of tracked tractors and was showcased at Agritechnica 2011. The amount of power, balance and efficient power transfer, give the Challenger MT865C a great advantage in today’s industry by pulling through in the most demanding weather conditions and landscapes. This Challenger tracked tractor is the most efficient way to pull a large implement across a field. Challenger is very happy to work closer with their dealers, customers and engineers to develop better solutions to help the customer make a difference in the field.

MF ACTIVA S Combine Harvester walk-around – Agritechnica 2011

Jacob Johnsen, Product Manager AGCO Harvesting, gives us a tour around the Massey Ferguson ACTIVA S combine harvester.  The 5-walker MF 7345S and 6-walker MF 7347S feature AGCO SISU Power-Selective Catalytic Reduction Generation 2 engines and can be fitted with MF’s renowned Power-Flow table. The cab of this combine has a brand new design that delivers increased levels of comfort for the driver. Overall, the MF ACTIVA S is extremely flexible and provides straightforward specification choices and simplicity of operation for the most demanding of harvests.

Construction of Extended Assembly Line is Complete in Jackson, Minnesota

Updates related to previous post Construction Nearing Completion on Jackson, Minnesota Facility Expansion

Complete: Expansion of Assembly Line

Another milestone achieved – the newly expanded assembly line in Jackson, Minnesota, USA is complete and is gearing up for wheeled row crop tractor production.  As part of the expansion plans announced in January this year, a new and longer assembly line was installed to accommodate both the current Challenger track tractors and the new Massey Ferguson and Challenger wheeled row crop tractors. With the new assembly line complete, production has transferred from the old line to the new one this month.  In mid-December, the first pilot wheeled row crop tractor will be assembled on the new line.

AGCO Jackson: Engineers building first pilot unit (Massey Ferguson 8600 Series)

Engineering team building 1st pilot unit by hand.

During the assembly line construction, the engineering team was busy at work building the first wheeled row crop pilot unit by hand to ensure quality assembly practices on the new line.  This pilot model, a Massey Ferguson 8600 Series tractor,  is currently doing tillage work at the proofing grounds for quality testing. And I’m happy to report it is passing all the tests with flying colors.


Check out this video of the construction progress starting with the ground breaking in April leading up to the assembly line completion.

Jackson Welcome Center - Front Entrance

Jackson Welcome Center

Next Up:  New Welcome Center

The next milestone of the AGCO Jackson facility expansion is the visitor’s center – the place where innovation meets productivity.  Scheduled to be finished in Spring 2012, this will be your first stop when you visit the upgraded facility where you will experience agricultural innovation first-hand.

We will announce the grand opening details as well as start accepting tour reservations in early Spring.  Stay tuned.


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Once complete, when would you like to visit the new Jackson facility?