The new MF 6700 S Series, which includes the world’s first 200hp, four-cylinder agricultural tractor, made its SIMA Show debut in Paris, following its preview in France last year.
With its unrivalled four-cylinder power, manoeuvrability and agility the MF 6700 S is in a class of its own, with Massey Ferguson’s new ‘S Effect’ taking maximum four-cylinder engine output to 200hp (with Engine Power Management) for the first time in the MF 6718 S.
The compact, 4.9 litre four-cylinder engine, 2.67m wheelbase and a turning radius of just 4.75m also makes the MF 6718 S the most manoeuvrable 200hp tractor.
“Massey Ferguson invented the concept of the high power, four-cylinder tractor, with the original MF 6600 breaking new ground and creating a completely new class of 150hp+ tractors. Now, with the ‘S effect’ we are further advancing performance in this sector up to 200hp on the MF 6718 S,” says Campbell Scott, Massey Ferguson Director Marketing Services.
“The advanced engine develops its maximum power at just 2,000rpm and generates maximum torque at 1,500rpm, which means it delivers exceptional fuel economy combined with superb pulling power – and with plenty in reserve. This provides users with the operating benefits associated with larger, longer and heavier six cylinder tractors, but in a compact and extremely light machine,” he adds.
There are six new models in the MF 6700 S Series, which offer maximum powers from 120hp to 175hp and all benefit from Electronic Power Management (EPM), which provides an extra 25hp on all models.
“The only comparison with the MF 6600 Series is its looks. The MF 6700 S Series contains considerable changes and new developments in engine design, transmission choice, hydraulic output, four-speed PTO and superb cab comfort,” adds Mr Scott.
All MF 6700 S tractors are powered by the latest AGCO Power 4.9 litre engines, which use a maintenance-free Selective Catalytic Convertor (SCR), Diesel Oxidation Catalyst and electronic wastegated turbocharger to improve efficiency and reduce emissions to meet the strict Stage IV (Tier four final) regulations
The MF 6700 S tractors are equipped to the highest specifications including a choice of transmission, which depending on model, includes Dyna-4, Dyna-6 and the Dyna-VT continuously variable transmission, which is now available for the first time from 130hp.
Massey Ferguson’s advanced, new Datatronic 5 system, introduced at the SIMA Show in Paris, puts complete tractor and precision farming control at the operator’s fingertips.
Developed by Massey Ferguson’s own in-house team, the powerful, ISOBUS compatible terminal’s 9in touch-screen uses the most modern technology to make it as easy to use as the latest tablets and smartphones.
“Massey Ferguson engineers have invested 30 years of experience in creating the fifth generation of Datatronic – another innovation landmark,” says Campbell Scott, Director Marketing Services. “Datatronic 5 delivers users an advanced precision farming terminal, which is straightforward and intuitive to use and helps boost efficiency, productivity and profitability.”
Fitted as standard on all new MF 8700 Series tractors, the ISOBUS compatible Datatronic 5 provides complete tractor and implement control as well as precision farming functions.
The clear and concise 9in touch screen, which employs tablet and smartphone technology, enables operators to access and change settings quickly and instinctively. Using a single terminal operators can bring up pages to set the hydraulics, transmission, engine and set-up and run the outstanding headland management system.
Datatronic 5 makes automatic steering easy with Auto-Guide, using its straightforward ‘Go Mode’ that allows operators to quickly set-up and use the system. With the new terminal users can also choose the level of steering accuracy that suits their operations and employ signals from their preferred supplier.
A powerful and flexible system, Datatronic 5 also offers an advanced suite of features, including record keeping, mapping, automatic section control, variable rate applications, comprehensive fleet and machinery monitoring.
TaskDoc records data quickly and easily to create field records, make job reports and keep accurate records of inputs. This information can be transferred simply, wirelessly from the terminal in a format compatible with most farm management software.
With TaskDoc Pro it’s possible to add the GPS position to the data and transfer this information to field management and mapping software in real time.
Application accuracy of inputs, is enhanced by AgControl, which helps maximise profits and reduce waste using Section Control to apply seed, fertiliser and sprays accurately without overlaps. The system automatically shuts down up to 24 individual sections when it encounters previously treated areas.
Data gathered by TaskDoc Pro can be used to create variable rate treatment plans to ensure inputs are targeted to areas where they will do the most good. This cuts waste, costs and is proven to boost yields and increase crop quality and protect the environment.
VariableRateControl translates these plans into action, automatically adjusting the rate, according to the map and the precise location logged by the tractor’s GPS system. A coverage map on the screen informs operators of the changes in real time.
AgCommand is a comprehensive machinery and fleet monitoring system that employs the power of telemetry to provide a continuous link between machines and the office PC or even suitable mobile devices.
Massey Ferguson Global Series Tractor Visioline Roof Further Improves Visibility for Load Operations
The addition of the new Visioline Roof option for Global Series tractors, launched at the SIMA, Paris show, further improves the tractors’ visibility, safety and efficiency when handling loads.
The new Visioline Roof option enhances the Global Series tractors’ already superb loader work credentials. The glass roof, protected by sturdy metal bars, complies fully with both ROPS and FOPS protection standards.
Ensuring a clear view of the load at heights in all weathers and conditions, the toughened glass screen is equipped with its own, unique integral demist system and air vents. Compared with other materials, such as polycarbonate, Massey Ferguson’s Visioline glass roof offers superior performance because it does not ‘haze’ over time, provides a much clearer view and ‘demists’ quickly.
All Global Series tractors can be specified loader-ready for work with a Massey Ferguson loader. The tractor will come equipped with a sub-frame, which is an integral part of the machine – designed specifically for the model, to maintain maximum manoeuvrability and ease of maintenance access.
This helps maintain perfect visibility over the sloping bonnet, thanks to Massey Ferguson’s elegant approach to exhaust emission reduction, using its simple, maintenance-free SCR system.
Massey Ferguson’s Global Series is the first tractor range to be developed in recent times specifically for the demanding 60hp to 130hp multi-purpose sector. As well as providing the most up-to-date specifications in their class, the tractors are also built using the most modern computer-aided design and manufacturing technology.
Massey Ferguson new and unique electronic top link control system, which automatically maintains the correct working angle of mounted implements, has won an Innovation Award at the SIMA, Paris show.
“Hydraulic Top Link Automation is the latest innovation from Massey Ferguson, which invented the three-point linkage and pioneered Electronic Linkage Control (ELC),” says Campbell Scott, Director Marketing Services. “We are delighted to receive this accolade, which proves once again our deep knowledge of the interaction between our tractors and implements.”
The system uses the latest sophisticated control techniques to deliver straightforward and dynamic top link adjustment, which improves implement and tractor performance. “At the same time, it will enhance the working quality of linkage-mounted application and draft equipment,” he explains.
Sensors on the tractor continually monitor the tractor and implement’s actual working angle, front axle height and, using GPS, any inclines in the field. All these parameters feed into the tractor’s control terminal, which automatically adjusts the hydraulic top link length to maintain the parameters set by the operator.
“Top link setting is the key to ensuring efficient implement operation,” says Guillaume Dutartre, Product Marketing Manager. “The correct length maintains consistent working depth from the front to back of the machine, which helps to reduce wheelslip and tine wear. This will also improve overall efficiency and save fuel.
“Hydraulic Top Link Automation will also maintain the correct working angle for fertiliser spreaders. This will improve spreading accuracy, which will increase yield and protect the environment,” he adds.
A product of Massey Ferguson’s Advanced Research Lab at its Centre of Global of Excellence for Engineering at Beauvais, the patented system is currently in the prototype stage. It is just one element in Massey Ferguson’s Vision of the Future, which focuses on providing customers with new innovations to help increase machinery performance to improve their businesses.
At the SIMA, Paris Show Massey Ferguson joined with fellow leading French manufacturers, Michelin and Grégoire-Besson, to demonstrate how advanced engineering designs combine to improve field performance for farmers.
“No machine works in isolation on a farm, so working closely with colleagues makes sense and helps us all to develop our technology,” says Campbell Scott. “This autumn we jointly examined the potential to reduce compaction and increase traction when ploughing with a Grégoire-Besson plough pulled by a MF 8730 tractor, equipped with completely new Michelin tyres.
“The results show how each element enhances the work quality, productivity and performance, as well as protect the soil. It also illustrates how by carefully selecting the right tractor, equipped with the best tyres for the job and matching those to the best implement makes a big difference,” he adds.
During the trials the MF 8730 tractor was fitted with Michelin’s new VF650/85R42 AxioBib 2 tyres with Michelin Ultraflex Technology. This is a completely new design developed particularly to enable large high power tractors to be used for ploughing in the furrow.
In tests, the large diameter tyres, running at a pressure of just 0.8 bar, placed three full lugs on the ground, creating a 26% longer footprint with a 28% increase in traction compared with previous designs. This greater traction, reduces wheelslip by up to one third, saving both fuel and time and increasing productivity by up to 11%.
“This demonstrates the gains that can be made by selecting the best tyres for the job, running at the right pressures on a well ballasted tractor and a high quality, properly set plough,” adds Mr Scott. “The figures are clear – this combination will save time, diesel and cut soil compaction in the furrow by reducing smearing and running at low inflation pressures.”
The MF 8730, at 295hp has an impressive maximum permitted weight of 18t, allowing ballast to be added, when required, for jobs like ploughing. For transport duties, the ballast can be removed to provide impressive payload, cycle times and fuel savings.
“It’s impossible to remove weight from a heavy draft tractor, but it’s simple to add ballast to an inherently light tractor, like the MF 8730. Lighter tractors use less fuel and cut soil compaction, with users adding only enough weight for each specific task,” he explains.