With the introduction of the new MF FL loader Series at the SIMA, Paris show, Massey Ferguson is further extending its leading position in providing the perfect tractor and front loader combination.
Designed and built by the world’s leading loader manufacturer in close co-operation with Massey Ferguson, the MF FL Series handles the most demanding tasks and is available with an advanced in-cab terminal, which includes dynamic weighing.
“The new MF FL range will further strengthen Massey Ferguson’s leading position in the loader tractor market,” says Campbell Scott, Director Marketing Services. “MF FL loaders combine robust operation with improved visibility, durability and reliability. At the same time the new loaders deliver improved suspension and control.”
The MF FL loader range offers an enormous choice, including three new models, ensuring they are a perfect fit for all the latest Massey Ferguson tractors from the MF 4700 through to the MF 8700 Series. They also introduce new, logical model designations, for example: MF FL.4220, denotes a lift height of 4.2m, and 2.0t capacity.
“Massey Ferguson’s strong and agile tractors include many exclusive specialist features, such as multi-function joysticks, unrivalled transmission controls and high hydraulic flowrates, which make them ideal partners for these new loaders,” adds Mr Scott.
The 20 model Massey Ferguson MF FL Series is designed for use with tractors from 75hp to 400hp. The range includes a choice of 16 self-levelling, parallel linkage models with lift heights from 3.5m to 5m and capacities from 1.5t to 3.3t. There are also four non-self levellers, which handle loads of 2,2t to 2.7t and with lift heights from 3.5m to 4m.
A new dealer-installed in-cab terminal option increases loading precision enabling operators to weigh loads, monitor loader positions and receive service reminders as well as control an optional lighting kit.
Three new models join the range: The MF FL.4220 has a lift height of 4.2m and a 2t capacity and provides extra lift height for the new MF 5700 SL Series. For the MF 6700 and latest MF 6700 S tractors is the new MF FL.4621, which can take 2.1t to 4.6m. Another new model, the MF FL.5029, can be mounted on the larger tractors right up to the MF 8700 Series and can lift 2.9t to 5m.
Developed to match the capabilities of modern tractors, the MF FL Series replaces the existing MF 900 Series. Providing greater lifting capacities and between 7cm to 14cm more lift height, they also have a longer reach and wider implement angle to help tip over the sides of increasingly larger farm and truck trailers.
The 400hp MF 8740, introduced at the SIMA, Paris show, is the new Massey Ferguson flagship tractor, heading up the enhanced, six-model MF 8700 Series.
At 400hp, the new MF 8740 is at the top of the MF 8700 Series, which delivers high efficiency, fuel economy and straightforward operation, with enhanced features and reliability.
As well as producing lively performance, the low weight of the 400hp MF 8740, results in a class leading power to weight ratio of just 26.7kg/hp. This delivers superb economy and performance in all operations and, for draft work, it’s easy to mount ballast to the front linkage and wheels.
Offering powers from 270hp to 400hp, all MF 8700 Series tractors are also equipped with Massey Ferguson’s advanced, new Datatronic 5 terminal. This delivers tablet-style operation and comes complete with automatic steering as well as the option of putting a complete precision farming package at operators’ fingertips.
Other detailed changes improve productivity as well as increase operator comfort and safety.
“The MF 8700 Series is the pinnacle of Massey Ferguson’s pioneering approach to producing lightweight and powerful tractors,” says Campbell Scott, Director Marketing Services. “The light weight and high power, provide an industry-leading power to weight ratio. Combined with enormous strength, this results in a versatile, agile tractor that delivers maximum performance for a wide range of operations.
“With a minimum weight of just 10.8t, the MF 8700 Series tractors are up to 4t lighter than others in this class. This allows them to tread lightly for top work and transport. The strong design enables them to be ballasted up for draft operations as well as handle heavy loads and offer an impressive maximum permitted weight of 18t.
“When equipped with the new very flexible, Michelin AxioBib2 VF 650/85 R42 tyre option they provide exceptional traction to get the work done faster, while protecting the soil,” he adds.
All MF 8700 Series tractors are equipped with Massey Ferguson’s Dyna-VT transmission, which allows operators to continuously vary speeds to achieve the best work quality. Optimum economy and performance are assured by Dynamic Tractor Management, which automatically adjusts the engine speed and transmission for the most efficient operation.
The new ISOBUS-compatible Datatronic 5 terminal is fitted as standard on all new MF 8700 Series tractors. Its clear and concise 9in touch screen, which employs tablet and smartphone technology, enables operators to access and change settings quickly and instinctively.
Datatronic 5 provides complete tractor and implement control and precision farming functions, as well as making autosteering easy, with Auto-Guide. The same terminal also offers the option to use an advanced suite of features, including mapping, automatic section control, variable rate applications, record keeping and comprehensive fleet and machinery monitoring.
Quite possibly better educated and prepared than any generation before them, young producers still face major challenges in getting off the ground. For this FarmLife Special Report, we asked several young farmers about their challenges and goals, then listened as each spoke of hard lessons learned, their passion for farming and hopes for the future.
Three families are featured in profile stories and video interviews: the Skobergs, who grow peas, wheat and canola on Twin Oaks Farm in Lougheed, Alberta; the Robertses, who farm and run a fencing and custom gate business in Pittsylvania County, Virginia; and the Boeres, whose dairy operation is in Modesto, California. Each has a unique story to tell, including the innovative ways they have made a life and a living on the farm.
To go along with the family profiles, the Young Farmers Special Report includes advice from parents, resources to help young and new farmers, a look back at our previous special report and more.
In the article “Raising Farmers,” father Jerry McDonald and son Jon—now a father himself—offer advice on preparing the next generation for a career in agriculture. You’ll also read about how the National Young Farmers Coalition works to connect beginning farmers with resources, such as information on loans and subsidies.
See the entire special report, including video interviews: Young Farmers: Growing Their Future And Ours
Brian Fuller plows snow and maintains right-of-ways, the kind of work that is often not seen and/or noticed by most of us. It’s hot, it’s freezing. It’s mind-numbingly tedious. It’s treacherous. And, yes, it’s often overlooked, until he and his crew at Fuller Landscaping clear the way for the rest of us, who might just be stranded otherwise.
Fuller and his crew, who primarily work for the city of Fort Collins, Colo., and the state’s Department of Transportation, have encountered rattlesnakes, cars and trucks piloted by drivers who are texting, and very steep hills. Altogether, it’s a diversified bundle of services that keeps him and up to 10 workers employed.
He accomplishes his tasks on the job, on his ranch and on others’ land where he custom bales with several Massey Ferguson® tractors—an MF2605, MF4608 and MF4610 with a cab. Fuller says they perform equally well in each of the ways he uses them.
Again, it’s that combination of services and an industriousness that keeps him and his employees busy throughout the year. It is, however, a fiercely competitive market in which he operates.
“A lot of these guys come in, they low bid this stuff, these contracts, just to get their foot in the door. But they don’t know what it’s about, and [after] about a year to two years and they’re gone.
“I go out and I buy good equipment,” continues Fuller. “I spend the money. For me, to be able to do this 20 years later and still be in it really says something.”
And when asked what else differentiates his company from others in the business, he replies simply, “I think it’s me—I’m at almost every job site … and I think it’s my name. I’m using my last name as the name of the company.” When something’s not done right, he says, it’s pretty obvious who’s responsible.
See the full story and video: Scape & Scrape: Working In Extreme Weather
What do White Pines and World War II relationships have in common? They’ve both been carefully cultivated by Paul Sailer. Since 1983, Sailer has been successfully planting and harvesting those white pines, Norway pines, balsam firs, eastern larches, white spruces and black spruces on his 85-acre tree farm in Wadena County, Minn.
In addition to harvesting the trees, Sailer has also made good use of the paper they produce by writing historical nonfiction books about fighter pilots flying missions over France and Germany. His latest effort, “I Had a Comrade,” is a study of the lives of the men, their families and even the people caught in the crossfires of battle in Europe.
Sailer came by both vocations honestly. He planted trees on his father’s farm as a boy, and heard many war stories from those who lived it. “My father served with the Eighth Air Force in England during World War II,” he says. “Sitting with me and my siblings on a winter’s night, he would talk about his war experiences while showing us his scrapbook and memorabilia.”
Sailer says he also saw through veterans’ eyes how the war affected rural families. “Many of the young men and women who served in the military and in defense plants came from farming and ranching country. Few returned to rural America.”
After college, Sailer enlisted in the U.S. Army. He flew helicopters for a year in Vietnam. Back home, he’s had a long career in the human services field … and tree farming.
Today, he uses a Massey Ferguson® 2605 and its many attachments for mowing trails, creating fire breaks, removing large rocks, lifting logs and clearing snow in the winter. And while studying the war lives of the Greatest Generation remains a passion, when the weather permits, a perfect evening now is, he says, “Enjoying a cup of coffee with my wife on the front porch of our home as a gentle breeze whispers through the trees we planted all those years ago.”
See the full story and order the book at http://myFarmLife.com/sailer.