A new range of some of the world’s most powerful ridge-frame tractors were on display in Griffith on Wednesday.
Fendt, a world-wide brand of AGCO, is touring Australia to launch their 1000 Vario Series, which they have called their “biggest and most technically advanced tractors yet”.
Serafin Ag Pro hosted their Griffith launch on Wednesday afternoon, which included a presentation by Donny Cloney, product manager for Fendt, and a chance for potential customers to see the tractors up close.
The 1000 Series is capable of speeds of 40 km/h at just 950 rpm.
“This new range can be used in many different applications such as seeding, pulling a chaser bin, spraying and baling… adding to its versatility, the track width can be adjustable down to 60” making it ideal for row crop applications,” Mr Cloney said.
Fendt have introduced the 12.4 litre, 6 cylinder MAN engine into the range which uses a mix of Adblue and exhaust recirculation to keep it clean and deliver maximum torque at low engine revs.
Maximum torque is achieved at 1100 rpm and is maintained all the way to 1500 rpm.
“The cooling fan is independently driven by a hydraulic pump which maximizes cooling efficiency and reduces engine load, so the tractor always produces maximum power. This means the advanced cooling fan is pitched at an upward angle because it is hydraulically driven and not attached to the engines crankshaft, which results in the fan pulling in cooler air and greatly reducing dust intake,” Mr Cloney said.
“Conventional four wheel drive tractors usually have a fixed torque ratio between the front and rear axle but with the 1000 Series, torque is distributed over two transmission outputs independently on both axles. With the help of an intelligently controlled four-wheel clutch, torque can be shifted between the axles according to need, resulting in greater traction and a tighter turning circle,” Mr Cloney said.
When leaving the paddock for the road, the tyres can be pumped on the move to maximum pressure reducing tyre wear and increasing
The 1000 Vario achieves a top road speed of 50 km/h as standard, with the option of increasing maximum speed to 60 km/h.
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