First Drive: Massey Ferguson 9130 self-propelled sprayer

By: Harrison Hunkin

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Massey Ferguson’s new 9130 self-propelled sprayer is aimed at small to medium-sized operators looking for an entry-level machine – or farmers looking for their first self-propelled sprayer

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Massey Ferguson’s new 9130 self-propelled sprayer is sure to be a hit thanks to its competitive price and simple operation.

Farms & Farm Machinery jumped behind the wheel of the Brazilian-made 9130 at a recent AGCO demonstration near the Melbourne airport and were impressed with the product. The MF9130 was originally built and designed specifically for the Brazilian market as they were looking for a simple and heavier duty machine.

"It’s been designed in conjunction with the engineers in Jackson, USA who also build the RoGator sprayers for AGCO," AGCO product manager Tim Oldaker says.

"So, there is a lot of influence from RoGator in the MF9130. Everything has basically been beefed up, strengthened and simplified," he adds.

Oldaker says the MF9130 has been well received by customers.

"We had a customer who was just testing the MF9130 as an evaluation unit, and within three weeks they wanted to purchase the machine," he says. "So, we’ve been really happy with the response to the MF9130 – everyone has loved the simplicity of it and more than anything, the value of the machine.

"The package you’re getting as standard is real quality; there is no need for adding this or that because it all comes within the standard package."

The MF9130 features a 6.6-litre, 6-cylinder AGCO power engine which produces 210hp. Being a tier-three engine means it’s common rail only with no Ad-Blue and no exhaust after-treatment. Oldaker says this kind of simple engine is what many farmers are after.

"It’s an engine that we’ve been running in our tractors for the last 12-13 years, so it’s well proven and reliable," he says.

Oldaker highlights the MF9130’s fuel economy as a standout.

"One of its big features is the fuel economy," he says. "Figures coming out of Brazil – where they’ve been using the MF9130 for a while – are quoting as low as 13 litres an hour, which in Brazil’s arduous conditions is quite impressive.

"We are already seeing here in Australia that the machine is running below the figures seen in Brazil."

Massey Ferguson 9130 self propelled sprayer working in a field

The MF9130 features a 3000-litre tank with the option of a 24-28m boom capable of pumping out 549L/min.

"There are seven sections on the boom; you get auto-boom levelling with five Norac sensors, fence line nozzles as standard," Oldaker says. "So, all of these things that are usually add-ons and extra costs, you’re getting as part of our standard package."

Inside the MF9130 you’ll find a simple cabin, uncluttered and functional, which Massey Ferguson says maximises operator comfort and safety. Controls are easy to reach while the cabin provides a generous amount of space to increase productivity and reduce fatigue when spending the day behind the wheel.

The adjustable air-ride seat combined with the air-conditioning system and low levels of noise and vibrations ensures a comfortable and pleasant work station at any time of the year.

When it comes to technology, the MF9130 is running AGCO’s C3000 monitor which looks after the complete spray control of the machine.

"The C3000 monitor basically controls everything to do with the spray side of the system, such as auto-rate, auto-section control and auto-steering," Oldaker says.

The MF9130 also runs a second monitor, the C1000, which operates as a dashboard providing the operator with fuel levels, engine revs and diagnostics.

"Top speed of the rig is 53km/h at full revs," he adds.

Oldaker says the big selling point for the MF9130 is its base package.

"You’re getting auto-boom leveling, auto-section, auto-rate, auto-steer, topped off as a large-capacity spray system," he says. "Everything on the machine has been made to handle high speeds and high rates without affecting low rates.

"If you look at the recommended retail price with all that is included, you’re looking at $289,900 + GST, which is unbeatable value," he adds. "If I’m honest, the MF9130 has been over-engineered for our conditions, because it was built for the rough conditions of Brazil – but it’s a good thing for the longevity of the machine."

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