Ahead of this year’s Agritechnica machinery event in Hannover, Germany, Fendt showed the world’s press how its expanding product range will look.
James Rickard reports from the firm’s HQ in Marktoberdorf, Germany.
Continuing its ambition to be a ‘full line’ supplier of machinery and equipment, Fendt recently previewed the latest additions to its portfolio. Among the new products were tracked tractors, combines, round and square balers, forage wagons and sprayers.
Headline grabbers were the integration and development of Challenger’s tracked tractors into the Fendt brand and the introduction of a new and larger combine range, as already reported on.
As for grassland equipment, the event was the first time the recently acquired forage equipment from Lely had been seen in Fendt colours (see panels below for details).
With now only just a couple of holes left in its portfolio, the manufacturer made no secret to the fact it would still like to add tillage equipment and a range of loaders to its line-up, with several well-known names high on its acquisition wish list.
With just a few more ‘I’s to dot and ‘T’s to cross, the deal to buy Lely’s forage equipment business is almost done.
This will include two manufacturing facilities in Germany to produce balers, forage harvesters and forage wagons, and the rights to produce Lely’s mowers, tedders and rakes. However, as Agco/Fendt already has a line-up of the latter from a previous acquisition, Fella, it is still uncertain what will happen with Lely’s cross-over products. It is suggested, Agco will pick the best bits from each manufacturers’ product lines and amalgamate them into one product.
At the preview event round balers and forage wagons were shown for the first time in Fendt colours. Fixed and variable chamber round balers with chamber diameters from 1.25 to 1.8m will be available, along with two ranges of forage wagons from 31 to 54cu.m (DIN) capacities.
As announced in July, all Challenger equipment available in the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions will now be amalgamated into the Fendt brand, and vice versa for North America.
This includes its tracked tractors and sprayers. Of its tractors, Fendt has heavily redeveloped the smaller three models of the seven model line-up – see FGInsight soon for a full report on this.
As for the sprayers, all production is moving to Fendt’s Hohenmölsen plant, where its range of Katana self-propelled foragers are made.
Sprayer offerings will include the self-propelled Rogator 600 series comprises three models with a nominal capacity of 4,000, 5,000 and 6,000 litres, and operating widths of up to 36 metres. In addition, the trailed Rogator 300 series features models with 3,300, 4,400, 5,500 and 6,600 litre capacities and boom widths from 24 to 30 metres.
Fendt square balers arrived on the UK scene last year. Expanding the range, Fendt has now added an Ultra Density (UD) version of its popular Squadra 1290 model to its line-up.
Building on the standard 1290 and 1290 XD (extra density) models, the UD is said to significantly increase bale density and output, now up to 245kg/cu.m in straw.
Developments include a gearbox which increases pto input speed to 1,500rpm, producing 130 per cent more flywheel energy than the XD. Now with 50 plunger strokes per minute, output is also claimed to be 20 per cent higher.
In addition, bale density is boosted by a 70cm longer chamber compared to the XD and 55 per cent larger density cylinders. The UD also gets slick new styling, likely to filter across the rest of the square baler range.