Fendt Rolls Out New Track Tractor Series
AGCO Corporation continues to roll out new products along its Fendt brand of equipment debuting five new machines for North America.
"These new products are the result of years of voice-of-customer input, development effort and in-field testing," said Conor Bergin, Fendt brand manager. "We're tremendously excited to roll them out to dealers and producers across North America."
Because of canceled farm shows and in-person events, the company is choosing to unveil the latest innovations online via virtual events.
Included in the rollout were two new track tractors; the Fendt 900 Vario MT and Fendt 1100 Vario MT.
"For the first time ever we're going to be offering a Fendt brand tracked tractor here in North America," said Bob Crain, senior vice president and general manager.
The Fendt 1100 Vario MT tractors range from 511 to 673 hp with four models including the 1167 Vario MT, which Fendt says is set to be the largest two-tracked tractor in the market at 673 hp.
It is powered by a MAN 6-cylinder, 16.2L diesel engine that the company says generates more than 2,000-foot pounds of torque at 1,110 rpm.
It also includes a steerable hitch option to help improve steering and ride when turning with large tillage tools or planters.
The Fendt 900 Vario MT includes three models that range from 380 hp to 431 hp. The AGCO Power 9.8-liter, high-power, low-rev diesel engine mated to a Fendt VarioDrive stepless CVT transmission develops 1,500 foot-pounds of torque at 1,100 rpm.
Presales start in September for both track tractor models and will be available for field work in early 2021.
IDEAL 10 and 10T Combines
Fendt says its IDEAL 10 and 10T combines have the highest horsepower and the largest separation capacity in North America, while moving on an 11.5-foot-wide chassis. The wheeled 10 and tracked 10T are powered by a 16.2-liter diesel engine that delivers 790 hp.
Fendt is also touting the separation area of the IDEAL 10, saying it measures 12% larger, and harvest capacity is 20% greater than the IDEAL 9. It's unloading of the 485-bushel storage tank at a speed of 6 bushels per second, Fendt says, will shave hours off of harvest time. It’s big enough to run a 50-foot flex draper head in small grains, and Fendt plans to announce new corn head options in the near future.
The track version is also able to be driven via a joystick rather than a traditional steering wheel.
Fendt 700 Gen 6 tractors
Six models of the new Fendt 700 Gen 6 tractor carry out multiple duties farm-wide. They can adjust for narrow or wide row spacings and feature a Deutz 6.06-liter, 6-cylinder diesel engine that delivers 144 to 237 hp. They also feature the new FendtONE interface, which lets operators customize their preferences for each use.
Fendt 300 Vario mid-range tractors
The fourth-generation Fendt 300 Vario is a mid-range tractor with a class-leading power-to-weight ratio and a nimble 13-foot turning radius. Its four models are powered by 4.4-liter AGCO Power engines that range from 100 hp to 132 hp. The Fendt 314, the largest model in the family, can reach 142 hp with the Fendt DynamicPerformance power boost, when the task calls for more power.
Dealership Expansion Continues
AGCO is celebrating its 30th anniversary as a company, and as it expands its product lines the company continues to invest in its dealership network.
"AGCO now has 206 Fendt dealership locations and counting in 29 states and nine provinces, an increase of more than 80 locations since we began investing in our dealership expansion in 2018," said Crain. "We've worked hard to place dealers in areas that best serve current Fendt owners and prospective buyers."
The company isn't shooting for a target number of dealerships, rather a percent coverage.
"Our ultimate goal is to have 95% of the total industry covered," said Bill Hurley,vice president, Aftersales, Customer Support & Distribution Development, AGCO. "That varies when you look at combines versus planters versus tractors, and so our target is to have coverage of 95% across all sectors."
"Our existing Fendt dealers are excited about these new products, and our new Fendt dealers have been working hard preparing to bring new customers into the Fendt family with support, service and sales indicative of the Fendt legacy," Crain added.
The company also is offering a new warranty program called Gold Star Customer Care. The program provides a full warranty with no deductible for 36 months or 3,000 hours for tractors, and 36 months or 1,200 hours for IDEAL combines.
Gold Star also covers all scheduled maintenance, including the cost of oil, filters, belts and other maintenance items needed during the warranty period. Fendt dealers also tout a dealer-facing fill rate of more than 98%. The company says if a crucial part isn't available from a dealer, it will be shipped via the fastest method possible from the nearest AGCO parts distribution center or the factory.
AGCO will preview all of these new products to the public on August 21, 2020, on YouTube.