One of North America’s most accomplished whitewater pioneers, Paul Breuer spends more time these days riding his tractor than guiding a raft. Along with his wife Jennifer, Breuer owns and operates Country Road Cabins. The 89-acre rustic resort is home to 20 deluxe rental cabins near West Virginia’s New and Gauley rivers, where Breuer helped build the state’s whitewater industry.
In addition to maintaining the property’s miles of gravel roads, he mows fields and lawns, buries cable and water lines, clears snow and pulls a towable lift to work on those hard-to-reach places on his cabins, all with one tractor—a versatile, durable 33-HP Massey Ferguson® 1533.
In addition to stability and power, the MF1533 has a creeper gear that allows Paul to perform some exceptionally tricky tasks. “I have this 25-foot pole [that’s fitted to the] front of the tractor that I lift trusses with and set structurally insulated panels that are 400 and 500 pounds. You’ve got to go very slow and be very careful with it, and that’s where this creeper gear is just fantastic for me.”
From tractor to service, owning a Massey Ferguson has exceeded his expectations, says Paul, especially “after owning another ‘red brand’ that had 32 HP, but no real steel and guts under the hood. The Massey Ferguson is just heavier and more solid, but it’s got better fuel economy. It’s the best of both worlds.
“I don’t know how they do it, but they do it and it works. I wouldn’t trade that tractor for anything,” he says, pauses and adds, “except another Massey.”
Massey Ferguson® 4600 Series tractors have quickly become a favorite for utility applications. With the introduction of the 4600M Series, which consists of three new models, Massey Ferguson has made them even more versatile with the addition of new options and standard features, as well as compliance with new emissions standards.
An improved Deluxe cab option boasts even more features for comfort and convenience. Among them are a rear wiper and defrost, fender-mounted 3-point-hitch controls, an air-ride seat, a front sun visor, and long-lasting and super-bright LED lights. Those who need a utility tractor for loader work will also appreciate a loader-ready package that includes frame rails, joystick control and grill guard. Both the Standard and Deluxe cabs will also come radio-ready, with speakers and antennae.
“The new Deluxe cab will be particularly beneficial for our customers in northern climates conducting snow-removal activities,” says Warren Morris, AGCO tactical marketing manager for tractors under 150 HP.
All models also meet the newest Tier 4 Final emissions standards. For the new MF4609M and MF4610M models, this involved the addition of an SCR (selective catalytic reduction) system to supplement the diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and high-pressure common rail system.
“We introduced a new 70-HP model, the MF4607M,” Morris says. “This puts it below the 75-HP threshold, which allows us to build it to Tier 4 Final emission requirements without SCR components to achieve this level. This helps to keep the costs down for customers, but still gives them the features they need from a full-utility tractor.”
Massey Ferguson is introducing a new range of 50hp-85hp tractors for selected African and Middle East markets.
This latest move will further strengthen its product offering in the lower horsepower tractor sector in these territories and offer a broader choice to farmers looking for a rugged and reliable multi-purpose machine. In addition, to complement these new MF 300 Series tractors, a new line of Massey Ferguson-branded implements is also being unveiled for the region.
“Simple, yet powerful, the MF 300 Series tractors are tried and tested, with a strong reputation for straightforward operation and robust dependability – they are ideally-equipped to meet the tough challenges of African and Middle East agriculture,” says Thierry Lhotte, Massey Ferguson Vice-President Marketing, Europe/Africa/Middle East. “More than 1.5 million units based on this renowned design are already at work in the world.”
Affordable and economical to run, these entry-level ‘do anything’ tractors will have strong appeal as the main power source for smallholder farmers or local community groups looking to mechanise or upgrade their agricultural operations. The models can also be a valuable addition to a machinery fleet on larger farms or estates requiring a cost-effective workhorse.
Initially, a choice of six Massey Ferguson matched implements, covering cultivation, planting and transport, will be available for the MF 300 Series.
“As true multi-taskers, the MF 300 Series are equally adept at cultivation, planting, transport or yard duties, working across a wide range of farm sectors including arable, livestock and horticulture,” explains Thierry Lhotte. “Low cost of ownership, easy servicing and maintenance plus expert support from the Massey Ferguson local Distributor ensure a fully-sustainable and inclusive farm mechanisation package.”
Consisting of six models in total, three MF 300 Series models are set for release in early 2016 – the 50hp MF 345 two-wheel-drive (2WD), 75hp MF 375 (2WD) and 85hp MF 385 (2WD and 4WD). The longer wheelbase 50hp MF 350 (2WD), 60hp MF 355 (2WD) and 60hp MF 360 (2WD) will follow later in the year.
Silver Medal for 360°camera fitted to Massey Ferguson Delta and Centora Combines at Agritechnica Show 2015
A new 360° camera system now available for the Massey Ferguson MF 9380 Delta and MF 7380 and MF 7382 Centora combines has been awarded a DLG Silver Medal at the Agritechnica Show 2015.
The camera allows operators to ‘see’ into blind spots and pick up objects that they may not be able to view from the cab or in the mirrors. This improves safety, efficiency and reduces the risk of damage by providing an uninterrupted, ‘real time’ view of all around the whole machine – including from above.
In awarding the Silver Medal, the DLG judges said: “Digital processing increases the potential of imaging systems to detect the environment around an agricultural machine. This technology is a major advance over purely visual solutions.”
The system also makes it easier to manoeuvre the combine, which reduces the risk of collisions and accidents. Ultimately this will also improve efficiency with quicker, safer headland turns as well as cutting downtime, lowering avoidable repair and damage costs as well as the associated risks when operating large vehicles.
The 360° camera system will be available through the AGCO Parts Division in 2016. The Dealer-fitted system takes about one day to install and calibrate.
Four new highly versatile 100hp to 130hp tractors in the new Massey Ferguson MF 5700 SL Series offer best in class visibility, manoeuvrability and transmission control.
As well as making the perfect partner for a Massey Ferguson loader, the new tractors are also ideally suited to a wide range of field and transport duties.
“The MF 5700 SL Series introduces a new genre of tractors that build on the success of the MF 5600 Series. They mould together the compact dimensions required by livestock and mixed farmers with the performance and power needed for arable work,” says Campbell Scott, Director, Marketing Services.
“At the same time Massey Ferguson has refined its elegant answer to meeting the requirements of the strict Stage IV/Tier 4 final emission regulations with a revolutionary, ‘All in One’ Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system,” he adds.
The unique ‘All in One’ SCR technology employed on the latest AGCO Power 4.4 litre, four cylinder engine doesn’t sacrifice power, efficiency, maintenance, ground clearance or, importantly, visibility. It is also proven to help reduce fuel consumption.
“Mounting the highly compact SCR system below the cab on the right hand side allows the MF 5700 SL Series to retain its steep sloping bonnet to offer unrivalled forward visibility, unimpeded by any extraneous additions,” explains Mr Scott.
Up in the cab, operators benefit from the same comfort provided on larger Massey Ferguson tractors offering superb visibility across the steep nosed bonnet along with the same sophisticated, but straightforward control. A new clear dashboard colour display provides better visibility during the day and at night making it easier to use the Set Up and Information Screen (SIS).
A new Speedsteer option makes it possible to vary the number of steering wheel revolutions needed to turn the wheels from lock-to-lock. This allows loading operations and headland turns to be made more quickly and with less effort.
All the MF 5700 SL Series tractors can be specified with the choice of either the Dyna-4 or Dyna-6, efficient and easy to use transmissions. Both come with the useful brake to neutral function and the option of AutoDrive.
Unrivalled hydraulic operation and control is provided by a choice of three systems to help users tailor the tractors to suit every application. All models are equipped with an efficient twin-pump system that delivers 58 litres/min for the spool valves and linkage, with a separate pump for all internal services.
For those requiring extra flow – to boost loader performance – there is also the 100 litre/min combined flow system, which combines the flow from the linkage pump with 42 litres/min from an additional high pressure pump.
A 110 litre/min closed centre load sensing (CCLS) system is another option, delivering flow and pressure on demand for optimum output, control and economy. This also comes with finger-tip spool valve controls or electronic joystick.
All models are also available with the option of front axle suspension, developed and built by Massey Ferguson as an integral part of the design.