Archive for February, 2013

Massey Ferguson Introduces Pro DM Series Mowers

Massey Ferguson introduces the Pro DM Series mowers, providing hay producers with another choice in efficient, durable disc mowers to keep hay operations on schedule cutting the most tonnage possible each season. 

Each of the new Pro DM Series mowers from Massey Ferguson works fast and efficiently to cut hay at the highest-possible capacity, and is built with durability and safeguards that reduce downtime, maintenance and manpower. Ranging from 8 to 11 1/2 feet in width, the three new mowers (DM1358, DM1361 and DM1362) deliver the smooth, clean cut expected from Massey Ferguson products.

Dean Morrell, product marketing manager, Hay and Forage, says, “We’ve deliberately built this mower tough, with safeguards like the driveGUARD cutterbar protection system, to keep operators out of the shop and in fields cutting hay.”

The new driveGUARD cutter bar protection system prevents damage to the internal parts of the cutterbar. If the mower hits a rock or large object, the shear disc will break, leaving the mowing disc in place and keeping parts from flying off, extending the life of the cutterbar. Shear discs can be replaced in just minutes, without leaving the field. The cutterbar’s modular design allows quick and easy servicing in the field if needed, and a standard quick-change knife system minimizes downtime needed for replacing cutterbar knives.

The low-profile cutterbar on Pro DM Series mowers is lightweight and shaft-driven, boasting a double-bevel gear design. This lets the mower run at a shallower angle, for a fast, clean cut.The Pro DM Series disc mowers also feature individual compact angular gears that provide an extremely smooth power transfer to all discs, for less wear than a conventional gear drive, ensuring a longer and more reliable cutterbar life.

Pro DM Series model DM1358 and DM1361 mowers also may be equipped to help hay dry down more quickly with the fast, easy addition of Massey Ferguson’s KC Tine or RC Roller conditioners. While tine conditioners on many disc mowers scuff the waxy coating off the hay stem, the unique coil design of the KC Tine conditioner gently fluffs, conditions and aerates the crop for accelerated drying times. It takes just moments for either of these conditioner attachments to be removed or reattached.

Massey Ferguson Heralds a New Generation of Farmers

A New Generation of farmers is transforming the way the world is farmed and is demanding the most appropriate tractors, harvesters and equipment.

That was the message from Thierry Lhotte, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Massey Ferguson EAME at the “For a New Generation from Massey Ferguson” SIMA Press Conference this week.

“Those farmers and businesses who are not embracing change are being left behind. Those that are changing are thriving and making the most of unprecedented opportunities,” he said.

Mr Lhotte referred to a New Generation of young people who are choosing farming as a career because of its bright future.

“Their youthful enthusiasm, energy and optimism is combined with a growing demand for food and fuel across the world. They are open-minded and ready to embrace the opportunities that come their way. For them change is ‘business as normal.’ Compare this to more established businesses for whom ‘business as usual’ means a steady decline.”

He said that no country across the world is immune from generational change and that in Europe it is countries in Eastern Europe that are at the forefront of change. Others such as France and Germany are catching up and that the most dramatic changes are set to take place in countries such as Portugal, Italy and the UK, which currently have the eldest farmers.

“But it is important to stress that the New Generation of change is not just about age, the key thing is attitude. Without the right attitude, no farmer, whether they are 25 years-old, 45 years-old or 65 years-old, will succeed. And the New Generation of younger  farmers are reliant on and benefit from the experience and guidance of their predecessors”

Mr Lhotte said that a New Generation of farmers is responding to the changing demands of consumers who want safe, reliable and affordable sources of food and energy as well high quality products that link them to farmers.

“In the past the farm stopped at the farm gate – no longer. Across the world younger farmers are taking over family farms and revolutionising the way they are operated. Countries such as Brazil and China and those in Africa are at the forefront of this change and European farmers have to respond to this challenge, particularly as most of the growing markets are outside Europe.”

A New Generation of farmers provides exciting opportunities for Massey Ferguson, a global machinery brand that continues to deliver a New Generation of straightforward innovation and dependability. Mr Lhotte highlighted the new MF 6600 Series tractors, launched at SIMA, which complete the ‘Super Six’ Range of most advanced Massey Ferguson tractors ever“Like the other ‘600’ ranges, the MF 6600 Series has been designed to meet the needs of the New Generation of farmer who is demanding a smart, efficient, clean and reliable tractor to increase output and preserve resources such as the soil and environment.

“The New Generation of farmers are looking to adopt the next generation of machines as soon as they can and want to influence their development. This is particularly exciting for us at Massey Ferguson as we have always taken the lead in developing the appropriate solutions farmers need. That is why we continue to invest in research and development, in young people and understanding the needs of both the New Generation of farmers and the Next Generation of farmers.”


Massey Ferguson Celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the MH-20

At the SIMA, Paris Show Massey Ferguson begins its celebrations to honour the 75th anniversary of the introduction of the MH-20 – the world’s first ever self-propelled combine harvester.

Introduced in 1938, the MH-20 pioneered a harvesting revolution, for the first time separating the tractor from the trailed reaper machines, providing large area farmers with huge gains in productivity and performance. The machine not only made a massive leap forward in farm mechanisation, but also introduced the term ‘combine harvester’ and laid the foundations for further harvesting innovations.

And today Massey Ferguson continues to be pioneer new thinking. With many years of experience of working closely with farmers to develop new equipment to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow, the company relishes the opportunity to be the catalyst for new ideas and new techniques, as it has so often in the past.

“Massey Ferguson is currently enjoying increased success in its global performance, mainly based on major investments across its product line that are geared to meet the needs of a very diverse range of farmers, who need a complete line up of machinery that they can depend on.

“Against this background Massey Ferguson is very pleased to announce the beginning of a year of celebrations to commemorate 75 years of the self-propelled combine harvester,” comments Campbell Scott, Brand Development Manager.

“Massey Ferguson is hugely proud to have been the innovator of so many designs that are now found as standard on farm machinery, such as three-point linkage, Electronic Linkage Control and SCR engine technology. We are also immensely proud that our forefathers in Massey-Harris were the first to introduce a self-propelled combine harvester.

“As we celebrate this remarkable achievement, and its 75th anniversary, we look forward to reaping the rewards of our major investments in harvesting technology that we have seen over during the past three years, and ensuring continued success for farmers, new and old, who put their faith in our brand,” he adds.

The MH-20 – the world’s first self-propelled combine

The Massey-Harris MH-20 – the world’s first successful self-propelled harvester – was probably the most significant development in harvesting history. Introduced in 1938, the Massey-Harris MH-20 combine harvest not only replaced the name ‘Reaper-Thresher’, but arrived as the first ever serious rival to trailed harvesters, which were already popular in many countries. Although there had been other attempts to develop self-propelled combines, up till then none were successful.

But the new Massey-Harris harvester was an immediate success. It worked well, it was popular with large area cereal growers and it was the first in a new generation of harvesters that would eventually replace trailed models on all but the smallest farms.

One reason for the why the MH-20 succeeded where others failed, was the long established expertise Massey-Harris acquired designing and building grain harvesting machinery. Another crucial factor was the skill of Tom Carroll, leader of the MH-20 design project. Tom was an Australian who moved to Argentina and was then recruited by Massey-Harris for his specialist harvest machinery knowledge.

He was keen that Massey-Harris should develop a self-propelled combine and managed to obtain approval for the ambitious project. He and his team started work on the combine at the company’s engineering centre in Canada in 1936 and within two years eight pre-production prototypes were delivered to farms in Argentina for the field test programme. Feedback on their performance was so positive that production was authorised immediately and the first of the revolutionary new combines were delivered to customers early in 1939.

Tom designed the new harvester as a high output machine for large area growers. It was equipped with a 16ft (4.9m) header which was wide by 1930’s standards. Although the MH-20 was a heavy machine and expensive, it proved to be popular with customers who wanted the benefits of self-propelled harvesting.

The layout of the MH-20 was similar to a modern combine with the header at the front where it could open up a field without the risk of crop damage caused by the wheels of a trailed combine. The driving position was above the centre of the header with an excellent view of the cutting action, and the steering wheels at the rear gave good manoeuvrability compared with a tractor-powered combine.

The MH-20 was built on a steel girder chassis and was powered by a petrol engine which was also used, together with some driveline components, in Massey-Harris tractors. The petrol tank for the engine was under the driver’s seat.

With the new combine performing well with big acreage growers, including export demand from countries such as America and Argentina, Massey-Harris was already working on the next project. The aim was to develop a new smaller, lighter and more affordable self-propelled harvester providing a combine that would sell in large numbers to smaller farms.

Sales of the big MH-20 totalled an impressive 925 machines over two years, but when the new MH-21 combine arrived in 1941 with its 12ft (3.7m) header it created a huge demand with annual production peaking at 10,000 plus in 1949.

During the Second World War Massey-Harris, with the MH-21, pioneered the ‘Harvesting Brigade’. The company gained permission to build a fleet of combines, which worked from the southern states following the ripening harvest north, and in the process harvested more than a million acres in one year.

With the MH-20 and MH-21 combines Massey-Harris achieved an important breakthrough in grain harvesting, which other combine manufacturers were forced to follow. Tom Carroll’s role in the success story was not forgotten and he was awarded a Gold Medal in 1958 by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers to recognise his contribution to combine harvester development.

Massey Ferguson Introduces Tough 4600 Series Utility Tractors

Massey Ferguson introduced the all-new 4600 Series utility tractors to farmers during the 2013 National Farm Machinery Show. This Series of heavy-duty utility tractors is a direct replacement for the popular 2600 HD Series, and each of the three new models is an ideal fit for loader work, hay production and general on-the-farm use.

Powered by an all-new three-cylinder AGCO Power™ diesel engine, the MF4608, MF4609 and MF4610 tractors offer rated engine horsepower of 75 HP, 85 HP and 95 HP, respectively. Fuel economy, power and torque are key benefits delivered by the new engine, while state-of-the art emissions technology, a power-shuttle transmission and improved hydraulic performance top off the features found in these new tractors.

“The 4600 Series is a great choice for operators who need a tough, reliable tractor for hay production, utility work and day-to-day on-the-farm use. They’ll find these new 4600 Series tractors comfortable and convenient to operate, as well as responsive and efficient for handling nearly any job,” says David Bercik, product marketing manager at Massey Ferguson.

The three new models are currently available in 4wd, with 2wd available on order. Cab or open-station with ROPS options offer comfort and versatility for the challenges of any job, and help further position the 4600 Series as a popular entrant to the market.

Stay tuned for more information on the 4600 Series.

Sold on Fendt for Life

As a Fendt owner for more than 10 years, Jerry Ryerson, who farms near Ames, Iowa, says there are only two things wrong with Fendt tractors.
“First, if you buy one, you’re going to want another one within a year,” he says with a grin. “The other is if you have any hired help, you won’t get much chance to
drive it yourself.” 
On a more serious note, however, Ryerson says he loves everything about the two Fendt tractors he presently owns. Having already owned and traded an 818, an 820 and a 716, which was his very first Fendt, his current lineup includes a Model 412, which he describes as one of only a handful in the United States, and a Model 824. The latter serves as his planter and tillage tractor, while the 412 — equipped with a Fendt loader and a 3-point mounted backhoe — serves as a utility tractor.

“I also use the 824 as a transport vehicle, pulling two 760-bushel wagons behind it, in place of a truck,” he continues. “Even though I’m hauling grain up to five miles, I can still keep ahead of an 8-row combine.” Ryerson says there are plenty of features that make his largest Fendt the ideal transport vehicle, not the least of them being the 32-mph road speed. “With the Vario transmission and the ABS braking, stopping and starting are just as smooth as can be,” he relates. “Plus, with the reactive steering and the Fendt Stability Control system, I can run wide open and not have a bit of sway with the wagons.”

Of course, Ryerson is just as happy with the tractor in the field. In fact, he says he covered 110 acres with a 20-foot soil aerator after corn harvest and used just 7/10th of a gallon of diesel per acre. He’s impressed, too, with all the details Fendt thought of, like a built-in air compressor, enough hydraulic pressure to lift the rear of the tractor so he can install or remove the duals, and the touch screen multifunction Varioterminal that controls everything from one screen.

“I just love the TI (teach in) feature in the headland management program,” he says. “I can write and edit while I’m running in the field. I even figured out how to tie the autosteer into the program so it reengages after the turn. “Once you drive a Fendt, you never want to drive anything but a Fendt,” he concludes. “But I’m not the only one that thinks that way. I’ve had people ride with me and drive it, only to comment, ‘Why would anybody want to buy anything else?’”

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