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Just Launched: Hesston by Massey Ferguson 2170XD “Extra Density” Large Square Baler

MF 2170XD Large Square BalerThe all-new Hesston® by Massey Ferguson® 2170XD Large Square Baler allows commercial hay producers and large producers in North America to create large, “extra density” square bales that are more efficient to stack, load, transport and store. This baler has been re-engineered to accommodate the added weight that comes with denser bales, and is built tougher with heavy-duty tension cylinders and plunger arms, a heavier flywheel, and higher-capacity gearbox and driveline to provide the reliable performance producers have come to expect from Hesston.

This baler creates 3- by-4-foot bales, up to 9 feet in length, with bale weights 15 percent greater than the standard MF2170 baler and 30 percent greater than standard MF2170 balers sold before model year 2010.

  • Redesigned flywheel is 91 percent heavier to help create a heavier bale while operating smoothly at normal load in most conditions
  • Newly designed gearbox comprised of larger, stronger components
  • Uses new Category 7 primary and secondary drivelines with heat-treated yokes
  • Reinforced frame structure

Just Launched: Hesston by Massey Ferguson WR9700 Series Self-Propelled Windrowers

WR9700 Series Self-Propelled WindrowerThe all-new Hesston® by Massey Ferguson® WR9700 Series available in North America, delivers performance never before seen in self-propelled windrower technology. The WR9700 Series features five models, each designed for specific uses from large-scale hay production to grain swathing. The WR Series boasts industry firsts such as an easy-to-use C100 Monitor system that controls nearly every aspect of the windrower for exceptional operating precision and efficiency in the field. Fuel economy is enhanced, thanks to AGCO POWER engines with e3 clean-air technology which also meet Tier 4-interim emissions compliance.

Other new features include an exclusive V-Cool System that maintains optimal engine temperatures. A GlideRider rear-axle suspension system and an optional semi-active air-suspension seat with leather side boosters plus heating and cooling combine for a smoother ride and greater operator comfort.

  • Five models from 100 to 220 horsepower
  • Powered by fuel-efficient AGCO POWER diesel engines
  • e3 selective catalytic reduction (SCR) clean-air technology to meet Tier 4-interim emissions compliance
  • Proprietary V-Cool system efficiently manages all cooling needs
  • First windrowers in the industry to operate all hydraulic, engine and drive functions by means of an onboard computer terminal
  • Each model pre-wired for plug-and-play GPS auto-steering

Revolutionizing the North American Hay Industry with AGCO Giant Spools

Giant Spool versus a regular spoolAGCO Parts will be introducing an innovative baler twine product called Giant Spools to North America this fall. Part of the new series of AGCO Advanced Baler Twines, Giant Spools increases the amount of running time by as much as 38 percent compared with standard spool sizes, helping hay producers reduce the amount of time spent loading baler twine.

Designed to fit only the industry-leading, new generation of Massey Ferguson® and Challenger® large square balers, the AGCO Advanced Giant Spools of baler twine provide a competitive advantage over other large square baler systems. The new spools will be available to North America in three sizes:
• 6000/350 – 6,000 feet long with 350-pound tensile strength
• 5500/400 – 5,500 feet long with 400-pound tensile strength
• 5000/450 – 5,000 feet long with 450-pound tensile strength

The Giant Spools also feature Ultra Grip technology, a combination of AGCO Parts’ strongest twine and a polypropylene mixture. The technology reduces slippage and forms a firm, powerful knot with 80 percent more grip at the knot than regular twine. This enables hay producers to create bales that are 15-20 percent more dense than typical bales. In addition, the Giant Spools are protected from light degradation with the same proven UV stabilization as other baler twines from AGCO Parts.

The Giant Spools are currently being tested in U.S. markets, following a successful trial and product launch in the United Kingdom last year. Hay producer Dean Bartram of Ely  Cambridgeshire in the United Kingdom said, “I like the Giant Spools because we are able to fill up [the baler] in the morning and don’t have to stop and refill for the rest of the day. We don’t lose time, time that could best be spent on baling.”

Giant Spools will be available for next year’s hay harvest. North American hay producers should contact their AGCO dealer for pre-booking information later this year. The introduction of high-quality, high-value Giant Spools further bolsters AGCO’s position as the market leader in large square baler equipment.

AGCO Parts would like to hear from North American hay producers about their experience using AGCO Advanced Baler Twines and the prospects of having a new product that can increase baling efficiency and productivity. Go to Facebook.com/AGCOcorp or share your comments below.

Hesston 2170 XD Baler by Massey Ferguson – Arizona Customer Update

Hello everyone, my name is Cale Sledge, Product Marketing Specialist for AGCO Haytools. Thanks for your interest in the Hesston 2170 XD large square baler by Massey Ferguson. I am here to give a brief customer update on the 2170 XD balers running in the 2011 season.

Back in May 2011, we visited Reuben Wood of Buckeye, Arizona, USA, who owns and operates two Hesston 2170 XD balers. Reuben’s custom baling business, Wood Bros Hay Company, does approximately 3000 acres per month. They have entered the export hay market recently and require a minimum 1550 lb bale in hay. As you can see from the video, they have recently been producing high quality, 1580 lb (10-12% moisture) hay bales and 1100 lb in straw. He expects to get even better weight and density results in the future.

Reuben also talks about the expense of running a custom baling business. He explains how, after looking at the bottom dollar and all expenses involved, the new 2170 XD balers will save him a lot of money compared to running competitive brand balers. I rode with Reuben while baling and he told me, “If these balers continue to run like they have been and like we expect them to, we will actually make a profit this year.”

Watch the video below and you will see – he is very pleased with the result and performance of his Hesston 2170 XD balers.

The baler will be available for full global production in 2012 and is currently being tested in North America.

Are you using a Hesston 2170 XD baler by Massey Ferguson? What sort of differences have you seen in the density and weight of your bales?

AGCO Provides Tractor to Plant-A-Seed Foundation

AGCO announced yesterday the donation of a Massey Ferguson 435 tractor with a disk plow and disk harrow to the Plant-A-Seed Foundation. The non-profit organization will use the tractor to support the Kabale Trinity College in Uganda, Africa. “We are very pleased to donate a tractor for a good cause that makes a positive difference for the students at Kabale Trinity College,” said Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President and CEO of AGCO.


Trinity college students celebrate delivery of MF 435 tractor

The Plant-A-Seed Foundation, based in Modesto, California, at the 92 year old offices of Stanislaus Implements & Hardware, has supported the Kabale community since 2003. Plant-A-Seed purchased property and built a chapel and school with classrooms and dormitories. The organization sent teams to assist, plan and build the school, along with additional needed quarters for the staff. Currently, 1,350 students are enrolled at Kabale Trinity College. Most of the students at the school have lost their parents due to tribal wars, political upheaval, AIDS or famine.

In 2007, Plant-A-Seed purchased 20 acres of land and a local farm that produces bananas, pineapples, corn and goats. This farm has improved the children’s daily diets and also provides additional income for the operational costs of the school. In 2008, Plant-A-Seed built an irrigation system that has tripled the production of the farm and also gives neighbors the opportunity to purchase water from the farm’s pumping resources.

The farm now serves as a school farm where students learn simple farm practices and even supply some food to the local population. The key objective of Plant-A-Seed is to initiate local projects, while empowering community partners to drive their own projects. “Our mission is to search for and then enable creative projects that are inspiring, well planned and will ultimately be self-sustaining,” explained Rick K. Gray, President and CEO of Plant-A-Seed Foundation. The Foundation has supported various global projects over the past years.

This Massey Ferguson tractor was shipped to Uganda to be used by the school farm and handed over by representatives of the Plant-A-Seed Foundation yesterday. The tractor will be used for many applications, including tilling fields, moving bricks and dirt, and transporting food to the school and to market. Massey Ferguson tractors have been used in Africa for many decades and the Massey Ferguson 435 tractor is a particularly robust model that can be used in challenging environments.

“We are truly honored and humbled by this extraordinary gift from AGCO. This Massey Ferguson tractor is going to help bring more food to the tables at Kabale Trinity College and also the local communities around Kabale, Uganda. All of us at Plant-A-Seed Foundation thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” said Rick K. Gray.

AGCO has over 50 years of experience in Africa. Massey Ferguson is a worldwide brand of AGCO and is a key brand in Africa. For more information about products from Massey Ferguson, visit your local Massey Ferguson dealer or http://www.masseyferguson.com.

How could you use YOUR Massey Ferguson tractor to help out organizations in your area?