Massey Ferguson announced the launch of its most powerful tractor ever at the recent SIMA exhibition. The 400hp MF 8740 is the new flagship that heads up the six-model MF 8700 Series.
Offering powers from 270hp to 400hp, all MF 8700 Series tractors are also equipped with Massey Ferguson’s new Datatronic 5 terminal, with tablet-style operation that comes complete with automatic steering and a host of precision farming options. Other detailed changes improve productivity as well as increase operator comfort and safety.
“The MF 8700 Series is the pinnacle of Massey Ferguson’s pioneering approach to producing lightweight and powerful tractors,” says Campbell Scott, Director Marketing Services. “Their light weight and high power, provide an industry-leading power to weight ratio. Combined with their enormous strength, this results in a versatile, agile tractor that delivers maximum performance for a wide range of operations.
“With a minimum weight of just 10.8t, the MF 8700 Series tractors are up to 4t lighter than others in this class. This allows them to tread lightly for top work and transport, while the strong design also enables them carry heavy loads or be ballasted up for draft operations.
“When equipped with the new very flexible, Michelin AxioBib2 VF 650/85 R42 tyre option they provide exceptional traction to get the work done faster, while protecting the soil,” he adds.
The new 400hp MF 8740 is a new addition at the top of the MF 8700 Series.
The MF 8700 Series has an unladen weight of 10.8t, but its strength allows it to handle heavy loads and offer a maximum permitted weight of 18t.
As well as producing lively performance, the low weight of the 400hp MF 8740, results in a class leading power to weight ratio of just 26.7kg/hp. This delivers good fuel economy and it’s easy to mount ballast to the front linkage and wheels.
All MF 8700 Series tractors are equipped with Massey Ferguson’s Dyna-VT transmission, which allows operators to continuously vary speeds to achieve the best work quality. Optimum economy and performance are delivered with the Dynamic Tractor Management system that automatically adjusts the engine speed and transmission for the most efficient operation.
The new Massey Ferguson Datatronic 5 terminal puts complete tractor and precision farming control at the operator’s fingertips. Developed by Massey Ferguson’s own in-house team, the powerful terminal’s 9in touch-screen uses the most modern technology that makes it as easy to use as the latest tablet or smartphone.
Fitted as standard on all MF 8700 Series tractors, ISOBUS compatible Datatronic 5 provides comprehensive tractor and implement control. The clear and concise screen enables operators to access and change settings quickly and instinctively.
With Datatronic 5 users can also opt for a complete Precision Farming Package with functions and features including:
• Auto-Guide™ – automatic steering to three levels of accuracy, with a choice of GPS receivers from basic EGNOS through to the most precise RTK systems
• AgControl™ – provides automatic switching of up to 24 sections as well as running variable rate applications for three separate products. It also shows an as-applied map during operations
• TaskDoc™ – gather and transfer valuable working data with either Bluetooth®, using the basic version, or remotely using a mobile data SIM with the Pro option
• AgCommand™ – comprehensive machinery and fleet monitoring using telemetry to provide a continuous link between equipment and an office PC or mobile devices.
Alternatively, the base specification Datatronic 5 terminal is easily scaleable, allowing users to add each element as a separate option, when it’s required, to suit their particular needs.
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