Challenger RG1396 Sprayer walk-around – Agritechnica 2011

Here at Agritechnica, Frank Rombouts, Business Development Specialist, gives us a tour of the Challenger RoGator 1396. This machine features a drive package that allows you to match speed to field conditions more efficiently. The RG1396 is built to provide a working environment that will sustain the operator for long working periods. Technology and performance upgrades offer even more versatility to enhance performance. Overall, this is very reliable and efficient machine, for multi-season use.

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.

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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Reward Your Custom Applicator with a Chance for a 2011 Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle from AGCO

North America’s custom applicators put in longer hours than the sun as they ensure pinpoint delivery of nutrients and protectants to crops on millions of acres of farm fields across thousands of farms.

Through its ongoing Operator of the Year program, AGCO is making sure the best of the best custom applicators get the recognition they deserve for helping North America’s farmers provide the food, fuel and fiber this world needs. Candidates for AGCO Operator the Year exemplify the honor, service and commitment that people have long associated with agriculture and those who live and love this industry. Candidates for AGCO Operator of the Year consistently showcase outstanding customer service, routinely perform the highest quality work and deliver unmatched dedication to your fields. Who do you know that fits this description?

Contact your agri-retailer before Oct. 15 and explain why the custom applicator who services your fields deserves the title Operator of the Year and they can submit a nomination on your behalf. Keep in mind that while the online submission form is easy the more detail provided the better chance your applicator has of winning.

From the nominations, four finalists will be invited to join AGCO as honorary guests at the 2011 Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) Conference and Expo Nov. 29–Dec. 1, in Boca Raton, Fla. During the conference, the winner of Operator of the Year will be awarded a 2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

We can’t reward these tireless workers without your help. It’s more important than ever to encourage your agri-retailer to submit those applications early.

We strive to make the machines in the AGCO Application Equipment Division the finest in the industry — engineered from the ground up for precision, dependability and reliability. But no matter how good the equipment, there is something to be said for the makeup of the person behind the wheel. We’d like to hear what you have to say.

Help the best in the business reward the best in the business. Hurry; the deadline to nominate is Oct. 15.

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