Fendt goes full-line … big time
As part of its ongoing plan to go full-line, German tractor maker Fendt has unveiled a total of 39 new products, many of which will be on display at the Agritechnica show in November. Among the fresh hardware are seven new tractors, six round and square balers, three combines and seven sprayers.
Admittedly, some of these products are only new in as much as they will be appearing in Fendt green for the first time: here we’re talking the likes of the 1100 MT rubber-tracked tractors and Rogator self-propelled/trailed sprayers, following the absorption of the Challenger brand into Fendt in Europe and the Middle East; and there’s also the arrival of loader wagons and round balers as a result of the acquisition of Lely. Yet there are some genuinely new products, too, such as the Ideal combines, which are described in more detail at www.profi.com/news/AGCO-unveils-new-range-of-top-end-combines-8676963.html, and the smaller 900 Vario MT rubber-tracked tractors.
Focusing on the 900 Vario MT, this range effectively replaces what was the Challenger MT700E, but, unlike the 1100 MT, which is no more than an MT800E painted green, the smaller tractor is packed with plenty of Fendt design input, drawn in the main from the firm’s 1000-series wheeled models. For example, although the 900’s cab frame itself is different, the operator controls are pretty much identical; the Vario transmission is the same, albeit with a few adaptations; and the engine’s concentric air cooling system is straight out of the wheeled machine. There are three members of the 900 Vario MT family: the 380hp 938 MT, 405hp 940 MT and 431hp 943 MT.
For an insight into Fendt’s longer term future, visitors to Agritechnica will be shown an electric-powered version of the 200 Vario tractor, the so-called 100hp e100 Vario, and given an update on the latest work on the firm’s autonomous MARS project (Mobile Agricultural Robot Swarms).
As the press launch wrapped up, Martin Richenhagen, CEO of Fendt’s parent AGCO, couldn’t resist stirring the pot on potential future acquisitions, to fill the remaining the gaps in Fendt’s product line. With a wry smile he hinted at a possible conversation with Manitou, Merlo or even JCB for a Fendt telehandler, and the Richenhagen hand may also be knocking on the door of Lemken or Gregoire Besson for cultivation kit. Mischief making from Fendt’s parent, perhaps … Who knows?
Monday, 11 September 2017
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