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Whites Farm is at the hub of a sizeable farming operation in and around the village of Helions Bumpstead, near Haverhill, South Cambridgeshire, England.
It is a mainly arable business extending in all to around 1000ha, comprising five main blocks that are 11 miles apart. For this part of the eastern counties, the rotation is a familiar one – winter wheat, winter barley, oilseed rape, spring barley and beans. There are no livestock.
The farm relies on a MF 9407 S telehandler for a range of tasks and is rarely idle. Farm foreman Brian Blackmore explains: “The telehandler’s main duties include loading grain, moving fertiliser and filling grain stores at harvest time. Other odd jobs around the farm include moving dirt and rubble and it has a work platform with cage.
“The machine is just one year old now and the only outgoings during that time have been one service and the diesel,” he adds.
“It’s very straightforward to use, with very good all-round visibility, and has plenty of power for the jobs we use it for. The service back-up is also very good – only on the odd occasion have we had to ask a question.
“The machine is very reliable – as was the one it replaced – also a Massey Ferguson – which we had for 10 years with no problems. In fact, we never had to call the dealer out once during that time, and it was only really the fact that the tyres were worn that the decision was taken to get a new one.
“However, the MF 9407 S is a lot quicker on the road – capable of 40km/h. Loading grain is faster and smoother and the boom extender is also quick and easy to use.”
Massey Ferguson is to extend its MF 9000 series telehandler range with the introduction of the new MF 9305 Xtra.
The MF 9305 Xtra uses proven technology to offer farmers the ideal mid-size machine with a more compact option for buildings with restricted access.
With lift capacity of 3000kg and maximum lift height to 5.8m this is a machine that can be used for a wide range of loading tasks. Yet its compact chassis, at just 2.1m wide, and 2.1m tall on 20in wheels and in its low cab format, means that it can easily access traditional buildings for feeding or mucking out duties.
Where height is not an issue, the higher cab and 24in tyres offer maximum ground clearance and visibility.
Powered by a Deutz 3,6l Tier 4i engine delivering 100hp, the MF 9305 has plenty of muscle for demanding tasks such as muck loading, with a two-range hydrostatic transmission giving a top speed of 40kph for efficient transport.
Open centre auxiliary hydraulics offer a punchy 100 l/min, while four electro-hydraulic load sensing spool valves allow the operator to simultaneously use three functions with high precision. Optional boom suspension provides outstanding comfort for all transport applications.
Three semi-automatic selectable steering modes ensure optimum manoeuvrability, and together with the MF 9305’s compact dimensions, boost productivity where space is limited.
The new cab gives a modern look in line with the Massey Ferguson family style: straightforward design that is always focused on the operator. Cab layout features superb ergonomics; controls and instruments are simple to use.
A new multifunction joystick is close to hand and incorporates all the main controls needed for operating the boom and attachments. A digital display screen located on the dashboard shows essential vehicle and loading information.
Smart Handling System (SHS) is a brand new feature that uses the display menu to allow the operator to set the maximum available hydraulic flow for smoother, more accurate loading.
Another innovation is the new ECO mode, operated via a switch in the cab to manage oil flow and engine RPM to reduce fuel consumption.
As an option, front/neutral/reverse controls can be fitted on the left hand side of the steering wheel as well as on the multifunction joystick to the right.
With low operating costs, excellent fuel economy and simple servicing, the MF 9305 Xtra represents a sound investment for progressive mid-size farms, helping to ease a busy workload and increase productivity.
Campbell Scott, Director, Sales Engineering and Massey Ferguson Brand Development said: “This all-new model fits perfectly into the successful MF 9000 range between the MF 9205 and MF 9306 Xtra and gives farmers a highly versatile materials handling solution in the sub-6m bracket, while offering the high levels of specification, equipment and options usually found on larger machines. We expect it to be very popular in the traditional telehandler markets in Europe but believe it will also be of interest in some of our wider Global markets.”
Richard Albutt and his family run a 500-acre mixed stock unit at Postlip Hall Farm, Winchcombe, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK. In addition to 300 store cattle, there are 1500 breeding ewes, 400 ewe lambs and 1000 store lambs. Maize, fodder beet and barley are grown for the farm’s own use.
Clearly, a telehandler is a ‘must have’ piece of machinery for such an enterprise. Two years ago Richard decided to invest in a new MF 9306, trading in his older MF model.
“We quickly found substantial improvements in almost every department, most noticeably in the amount of power available,” Richard reports. “Also, we’ve got some pretty tight working areas here, and, being the smallest model in the current Massey Ferguson range, the MF 9306 gives us very good manoeuvrability, together with brilliant capacity and good reliability. In short, it handles everything.”
When all the cattle are in, and with the ewes to follow, the crucial task of delivering feed means the MF 9306 is a very busy machine over the winter, when loading the Keenan feeder and clearing muck out of the sheds represent the main tasks.
Richard is also very pleased with the quality of service he receives from his local Massey Ferguson dealership, JJ Farms, at nearby Gretton, which he describes as “excellent.” Reliable back-up Is high on his list of requirements and he believes he gets this.
“Unlike some other machinery manufacturers, that appear to be moving towards dealing direct with the customer nowadays, Massey Ferguson’s network of dealers is becoming even more highly-valued,” Richard observes. “I like to know that in the event of a problem arising, I can go to ours 24/7.
The MF 9306 is the most-used machine at Postlip Hall, running up an average of 1300 hours a year. “Out of all the machines here, it would be the last to go!” Richard comments.
Three new telescopic handlers in the MF 9000 Xtra Series from Massey Ferguson make their debut at the Agritechnica Show in Hannover on 11th to 16th November. All are powered by new Stage 3b/Tier 4 interim compliant engines and feature a new multi-function joystick option, which allows operators to control the transmission without removing their left hand from the steering wheel.
These new models build on the success of the MF 9000 Series, which introduced the best visibility on the market through a unique curved rear screen. The new MF 9000 Series Xtra models remain compact, agile and manoeuvrable machines that sit on a short, wide chassis, which provides exceptional stability, while the laterally, side-mounted engine offers great access for service.
MF 9000 Xtra Series telescopic handler features
All models powered by latest 3.6 litre, four cylinder engines that employ efficient, straightforward technology to meet the latest exhaust emission regulations
New joystick option allows operators to control the transmission without removing left hand from the steering wheel
Unique and patented curved rear window provides unrivalled, industry-leading visibility to the rear right three quarters, with no cab post to obstruct the view
Short, wide chassis combines the benefits of superb stability with exceptional manoeuvrability from standard four-wheel steer system. Four-speed hydrostatic transmission provides a true 40km/hr top road speed. Ability to fit wide tyres to all models
Novel boom configuration with low rear pivot point for a clear view of the rear right-hand side; up to 190 litres/min closed centre load sensing (CCLS) hydraulics with fully proportional joystick control boom suspension option.