Massey Ferguson is using this week’s Czech TechAgro farm machinery show to reveal its completed Global Series tractor offering. Steven Vale reports.
TechAgro is the first place in the world where all three MF Global Series tractors can be seen under one roof.
Small farms are here to stay, says MF, which has calculated that the market for a sturdily-built and basic no-frills tractor from 75 to 130hp in Europe alone is good for about 21,000 tractors a year.
It is a market the company is targeting with three ranges of straight-forward, all-purpose Global Series tractors. Joining the recently-launched MF 5700s (100hp and 110hp) and MF 4700s (75hp to 95hp), the two 120hp and 130hp MF 6700 Global Series (see panel below) tractors on display at the Brno showground this week are the most powerful.
Bringing the total number of Global Series ranges to three, the launch of this final family member is the culmination of a US$350 million (£245 million) investment during the last seven to eight years by parent company Agco. Dubbed internally as the Centurion project, and the largest single investment in new products in Agco’s history, Europe is the first region to launch the new tractors, and the Czech show is the first where all three ranges can be seen under one roof.
However, as the name suggests, different specifications of the Global Series tractors will made at various sites around the world, including Asia and South America, and while no decision has yet been made, other candidate countries could ultimately include India and Turkey.
MF’s Campbell Scott describes the Global Series as true value for money tractors. “We are not making customers pay for technology they do not need,” he says.
Tractors for the European market will be built in Beauvais, France, which is where the Global concept was developed. Described as true MF tractors, the company reckons it will allow it to sell another 2,000-3,000 units a year in Europe alone, but globally the figures will be much higher. Campbell Scott, Massey Ferguson’s director marketing services EAME says; “We hope to realise initial volumes in all markets of around 10,000 units, but the potential is there to boost the number to as many as 50,000 a year.”
An important step for MF, and one that gives it both breadth and depth in the ranges offered in the UK, production of the first 4700 Global Series tractors has started and the first models are expected to arrive in the UK this summer. The first 5700 tractors will follow sometime in the autumn, and it is planned the initial batch of 6700s will cross the Channel towards the end of this year.
Mr Scott describes the Global Series as true value for money tractors. “We are not making customers pay for technology they do not need,” he adds. Prices have yet to be released, but as a very rough guide and depending on spec, are hinted to be 10-20 per cent cheaper than the higher-spec 5700 SL tractors (100-130hp).
The MF 6700 is the final piece in the Global Series puzzle and one that brings the company where it wants to be today. The company says there are currently no plans to go above 130hp.
With a 2.5m wheelbase, and a Beauvais-designed and built cab, power to the 120hp MF 6712 and 130hp MF 6713 comes courtesy of Agco Power’s 4.4 litre, four-cylinder SCR Stage IV-compliant engine.
The 12 by 12 synchronised mechanical transmission in both tractors provides seven gears in the 4-12km/hr field working range and offers a top speed of 40km/hr. Direction changes are made using the standard, mechanical shuttle with hydraulic activation, while the optional Power Shuttle provides fingertip forward/reverse shifts without using the clutch, as well as a de-clutch button on the gear lever to also help shift gears. There is also a creeper option.
Equipped with the same rear axle as the 5700 SL Series, rear lift capacity is 5.2 tonnes.
Finally, both tractors are compatible with the five largest models in MF’s 900 and 900X loader ranges.