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The MF 5610 tractor set to journey to the South Pole in five weeks’ time has successfully completed stringent tests in Iceland.
Known as Antarctica2, the adventurous mission to drive a tractor to the Geographical South Pole is the dream of Manon Ossevoort, aka ‘Tractor Girl’, who will pilot the specially-prepared MF 5610 on the 2350km expedition across treacherous snow and ice. In doing so, she and her expert back-up team will echo the achievement of Sir Edmund Hillary who trekked to the South Pole using three Ferguson tractors in 1958.
The Antarctica2 expedition is being organised to highlight the need for sustainable food security through the provision of accessible technologies and innovative services to allow future farmers to meet the world’s growing requirement for food.
Modified by the engineering team at AGCO’s Beauvais tractor plant, the MF 5610 completed its final testing over a two-week period in Iceland. “The tractor performed extremely well in our trials,” says Massey Ferguson Engineering Project Manager, Olivier Hembert. “It will have to endure temperatures down to minus 40 degrees centigrade, altitude of 3400 metres and tackle deep, soft snow. This kind of environment calls for straightforward, dependable engineering for which Massey Ferguson is renowned. Previous tests in Iceland and France were made to check its performance in polar ground conditions and at very low temperatures.”
Throughout the journey, the tractor’s AgCommandTM telematics system will relay performance information back to a 24-hour support team in Beauvais. “The clock is now ticking for this long-planned project to become reality,” adds Olivier. “We are very excited about monitoring our tractor’s progress across the challenging icescape and ensuring its technical and mechanical stamina to accomplish the mission.”
Livestreaming and regular updates via a dedicated website will keep the rest of the world in touch with the adventure’s progress. The tractor and team depart Novo Base in East Antarctica around 24 November and are scheduled to arrive at the South Pole around 15 December.
Support for Antarctica2 is being provided by partners including Massey Ferguson, Trelleborg, AGCO Finance, Castrol, AGCO Parts, Fuse Technologies and Mechatrac.
Massey Ferguson, a worldwide brand of AGCO (NYSE:AGCO), is proud to announce AGCO’s Fuse Technologies fitted to high horsepower tractors from Massey Ferguson are now in use across all five continents with the delivery of a new MF 8737 to Australia.
The 370hp (400hp max) flagship tractor from the MF 8700 range has been fitted with AGCO’s Auto-Guide™ 3000 steering system and AgCommand™ telemetry system. It will be used for tillage and controlled traffic farming applications at a large farming enterprise near Melbourne.
Powered by a six cylinder, 8.4 litre AgcoPower engine, the MF 8737 features the Dyna VT stepless transmission with Dynamic Tractor Management, and is ideal for the most demanding farming tasks.
Massey Ferguson has dedicated sales and service specialists for Fuse Technologies in Australia, and this tractor joins other high tech units working as far afield as Japan and South America.
“Massey Ferguson is one of the world’s best known farm machinery brands and we have been helping farmers across the globe become more efficient and more productive for years” commented Campbell Scott, Director Sales Engineering and Brand Development. “Auto-Guide™ 3000, available to MF users via AGCO’s Fuse Technologies, is helping farmers now all around the world to cut costs and farm in a more efficient way.”
Fuse Technologies helps minimise downtime while improving the overall farm enterprise through wireless connectivity and diagnostic services.
Auto-Guide™ 3000 is a full featured, hands free steering system capable of delivering sub-metre, decimetre, and centimetre accuracy. Guidance systems are proven to offer an average of 12% in fuel savings, as well as savings in inputs and labour.
The AgCommand™ telemetry system is a leading edge data recording and transmission tool that optimises fleet performance by monitoring and reporting vehicle position, history and status, and is viewable on a desktop computer, laptop or tablet.
Massey Ferguson’s Fuse Technologies specialist Aymeric Vaudez explains: “On large farming enterprises, AgCommand™ telemetry allows managers to track tractors working remotely, and monitor service information to ensure that such important power units can perform to the optimum.”
“Businesses can also use AgCommand™ to assess the productivity of farming operations and identify any drop in efficiency so that performance can be improved.” adds Guillaume Dutartre, Marketing Specialist for Massey Ferguson Technology.
Massey Ferguson, a worldwide brand of AGCO (NYSE: AGCO), reports that more than 500 key components spanning 15 product groups are now available under the AGCO Reman scheme for MF tractors and combines. The range covers all generations of machines from the late 1970s through to current production models.
AGCO Reman is the ideal low-cost solution to breathe new life into ageing or worn Massey Ferguson farm machinery. With new products being added on a regular basis, the scheme includes engines and engine components, transmissions, turbochargers, fuel injection equipment and electronic components.
“Typically, a remanufactured engine, for example, costs 30% less than the price of a new unit and yet has the same performance, the same specification and comes with a full 12 months warranty – identical to an equivalent new engine,” says Russ Wheatley, AGCO Reman Business Manager.
“AGCO Reman offers a cost-effective alternative where ‘new’ may be beyond budget but where a quick solution at known cost is required,” he explains. “We take in a customer’s old unit and they receive a remanufactured unit from our bank of AGCO Reman products. Customers have the peace of mind knowing that the Reman part has been fully tested, meets the original manufacturer’s specification and is fully warrantied exactly as per new.”
“Where AGCO Reman really scores is when it is compared to a third-party local workshop repair,” Russ points out. “A third party non-specialist repair may take longer as damaged or broken parts have to be identified and ordered. Compare this to a Reman solution where we ship out a replacement unit in exchange which is ready to fit the very next day by a Massey Ferguson dealer. The unit is virtually as-new with the full back-up of the dealer and AGCO’s warranty – all at a competitive price.”
All AGCO Reman parts follow a common process making it easy for a customer to return the used part. Under the scheme, the unit is collected and returned to one of 26 centres of excellence where it is stripped down to individual components parts, each of which is thoroughly cleaned, inspected and measured against the original specification. Items within tolerance are put to one side and re-used alongside new components and then reassembled and fully-tested to the same exacting standards as a new product. All wear parts and other specific items are replaced with brand-new components regardless of the condition of the existing ones.
With technology constantly moving on, any engineering updates which have been made since the product was first released are also incorporated. “This means that in certain cases, the Reman part is actually better than the original,” adds Russ. “AGCO Reman is a very quick and environmentally-friendly option. The whole process can be completed in a day or two, thereby minimising machine downtime.”
Vision of the Future, Melbourne 2014, showcased Massey Ferguson’s range of machinery and technology solutions for grounds care applications right through to modern broad acre farming operations.
With 4,500m2 of exhibition space and over 80 display units, information kiosks and multimedia displays all under one roof, Vision of the Future was a great opportunity for agricultural operators across the APAC region to see the latest in Massey Ferguson products and Fuse technologies before the busy Harvest period.
Running over three days, the event unveiled new Massey Ferguson products as part of a wider global release.
Vision of the Future – Melbourne featured a glimpse of the new generation of Massey Ferguson products now available in Australia and New Zealand, including the New 74-82 HP MF4700 Global Series and Massey Ferguson’s most powerful tractor yet, the new 270-370 HP MF8700 Series.
260 Massey Ferguson dealers from across the region along with over 400 customers were also introduced to the global series concept, unique in the farm machinery industry and a major component of Massey Ferguson’s Vision of the Future.
Massey Ferguson’s parent company, AGCO has already started the Global Series investment in new facilities and systems that will create a highly flexible network of manufacturing plants, enabling major units and complete tractors to be produced and assembled at multiple locations throughout the world to meet the demands of local markets.
“This is an exciting time for Massey Ferguson and our customers as we embark on a new generation of products that offer features and quality that will make them very attractive to Australian and New Zealand farmers and operators,” says Simon Hole, Director of Marketing, AGCO Australia.
Product specialists, parts specialists, dealers and finance representatives were available with the latest information and product knowledge about the exciting Massey Ferguson range and the future of Global Series.
Also featured at the event was the exciting and ongoing development in technology products.
Taking the central stage across the three day event, Fuse technology Product Manager Jeremy Duniam outlined the huge benefits of technologies currently available on Massey Ferguson products and the enormous market potential these products have, as well as their positive impact on the profitability and efficiency of farming worldwide.
“Fuse is a new generational open approach to precision agriculture for Massey Ferguson products. Fuse connects the entire crop cycle from enterprise planning to planting, crop care, and harvesting and grain storage. For Massey Ferguson customers it means access to seamless advance technology and data management that can be integrated into their current operations and service providers with immediate benefits and improvements in efficiencies into the future. It is an exciting time for advanced technologies”, Jeremy said.
Dealers and customers also got the opportunity to be amongst the first people in the world to test drive the new MF4700 Global Series, with several MF4708 models available at an off site testing location.
The Vision of the Future event was a huge success and the Massey Ferguson team at AGCO Australia thanks all APAC attendees, many of whom travelling from around Asia Pacific, New Zealand and regional Australia, for their positive participation in the event.
Massey Ferguson, a worldwide brand of AGCO (NYSE: AGCO) announces it is introducing the first new tractors in its new Global Series. The MF 4708 and MF 4709 are the first new models in a ground-breaking new 60hp to 130hp global family. These are the initial tractors in a new Global Series that will eventually offer three ranges, four different transmissions and be available in footstep, semi-platform and cab versions.
“It’s taken the best brains in Massey Ferguson to design and build this brand new range of workhorse tractors,” says Campbell Scott, Director Sales Engineering and Brand Development. “These state-of-the-art tractors are the result of a $350 million investment in a completely new, clean sheet design. They are developed specifically to provide utterly dependable operation in a wide range of applications to meet the needs of a diverse range of farmers world-wide.
“Unlike the majority of other tractors in the sector, which are based on earlier designs and components, the Massey Ferguson Global Series has been designed and built in the 21st Century and is purpose-built for modern applications. While using the very latest, advanced engineering and manufacturing tools and techniques, they still retain our traditional straightforward operation, dependability and value for money,” he says “ and in addition, we have sought where possible to use existing design technology and components from our hugely successful MF 5600 series, which are not only specially developed for the modern era, they allow us to provide local parts and service most efficiently across our whole range of tractors, wherever they are in the world”
More than 90% of the parts and components in the Global Series are entirely new -designed and engineered specifically for the tractors. Combined laboratory and field testing has reached over 36,000 hours and, reflecting the global nature of the new machines, prototypes have been tested in brutal conditions from Arizona in the USA to Lusaka in Zambia.
The first models will make their public debut at Massey Ferguson’s Vision Of The Future event. The 82hp, MF 4708 will then go on sale in Africa and the Middle East, while the 95hp MF 4709 will be launched for Turkey, and the rest of Europe later in the year
MF 4708 and MF 4709 features:
- MF 4708, 82hp 4 cylinder model for Africa and Middle East markets
- MF 4709, 95hp, Euro-compliant 3 cylinder model for Turkey and rest of Europe
- Latest rugged and advanced engines: MF 4709 powered by an AGCO POWER 3.3 litre, three cylinder turbocharged Euro-compliant engine
- MF 4708 equipped with an AGCO POWER 4.4 litre, four cylinder turbocharged, Tier 2 mechanical fuel injected unit for African and Middle-Eastern applications Both engines are renowned for their reliability and for delivering , high torque and fuel efficiency
- Completely new mechanical gearbox combines modern design and engineering with straightforward operation. Developed by Massey Ferguson engineers in Beauvais, France they offer 8F/8R in the MF 4708 and 12F/12R in the MF 4709. Both are equipped with mechanical reverse shuttle
- Robust rear axle based on existing, proven design from the very latest MF 5600 Series. The modern, heavy duty, structural casting design contains new inboard reduction units and oil-immersed brakes
- Choice of purpose-built 2WD or 4WD front axles with hydrostatic steering, offering excellent manoeuvrability and enhanced traction
- Efficient, modern open-centre high pressure hydraulic system employs a tandem pump to supply the pressure and flow required to control and power the latest implements
- Responsive electronic hitch control combines straightforward lever operation with advanced electronic control and reliability of the most modern systems. Maximum 3,000kg rear linkage lift capacity helps handle equipment with ease
- 540 rpm speed Independent PTO, with easy operation by a three-position rocker switch for optimum reliability
- The initial MF 4708 and MF 4709 models are available with comfortable, footstep or semi-platform operator environments with logical and easy to use controls. A fully approved ROPS frame and optional sun canopy are fitted to protect the operator.