Go High or Go Low With The Massey Ferguson MF4610M Tractor
These tractors may be new, but they offer the efficiency, dependability and low-cost operation for which Massey Ferguson is known worldwide.
Go High or Go Low With The Massey Ferguson MF4610M TractorThese tractors may be new, but they offer the efficiency, dependability and low-cost operation for which Massey Ferguson is known worldwide.
When it’s harvest time, Chuck Burton of Uesugi Farms picks a high-clearance tractor to pick peppers and more. As planting and harvesting supervisor at the Gilroy, California-based operation, he oversees the production of 20 varieties of fresh produce, including bell peppers, chili peppers, Napa cabbage, sweet corn, strawberries, pumpkins and beans, and ships produce across the U.S. and around the world. With such variety, a successful harvest requires versatility, and that’s what Burton gets with the Massey Ferguson MF4610M HC.
Featuring 99 engine hp and an excellent power-to-weight ratio, the tractor is extremely versatile. Farmers baling and handling hay as well as those doing loader work—even those working in orchards—praise its efficiency, power and comfort. Now, with the introduction of the MF4610M HC (high-clearance) model, Massey Ferguson has broadened its versatility even more.
“The MF4610M high-clearance utility tractor delivers the clearance specialty crop growers need to care for high-value crops without damaging the produce,” says Warren Morris, tactical marketing manager for Massey Ferguson. “Two different tire sizes provide the tractor with drawbar clearance of either 25 or 27 inches. In addition, the MF4610M HC tractors can be configured for either 60- or 80-inch track widths, and as many as seven track settings with the use of axle extensions.”
Like the standard MF4610M, the HC model features a category II hitch, 540/540E PTO and up to three rear hydraulic remotes. A hydraulic assist kit provides 4,400 pounds of lift capacity at the 3-point hitch, while a creeper option, for a total of 18 forward and 18 reverse gears, also comes standard.
It was those last two features in particular that most appealed to Burton. He had the opportunity to use an MF4610M HC prototype last season to harvest bell peppers at Uesugi Farms.
“Overall, the Massey Ferguson tractor did a great job,” he says. “It had the hydraulic capacity to handle all of those operations, which is one of the main requirements; and it had plenty of horsepower to handle the loads.”
Through its partnership with Guardian Ag in Modesto, California, Massey Ferguson also offers a new line of low-profile 4700 and 6700 Series tractors. The tractors are sent from the factory to Guardian Ag where they are fitted with a horizontal exhaust; low-profile tires and wheels; limb guards; and wide, steel orchard fenders to meet the low-profile needs of the specialty market.
Read more about the versatile 4600M Series, or visit your local Massey Ferguson dealer.
By Jeff Caldwell
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