Fendt plans 500hp Vario

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Agco premium tractor brand Fendt has lifted the lid on its new high horsepower tractor range, the Vario 1000 series which is expected to go into production late in 2015.

Fendt plans 500hp Vario
Fendt says the 1000 Vario tractors have been developed specifically with international customers in mind especially the row crop markets of Australia and North America.

With power ranging from 380hp to 500hp, the new tractor line-up will be the brand’s most powerful offering yet.

The Fendt Vario 1000 series is intended to be easy to operate and simple to handle with an overall height of 3.6m and tare weight of 14 tonnes.

Formally launched last year in Bavaria Germany, Fendt says compared with current designs in the high horsepower class, they will be much lighter and more manoeuvrable.

The 1000 series will be available in four different power ratings: Fendt 1038 Vario (380hp/283kW), Fendt 1042 Vario (420hp/313kW), Fendt 1046 Vario (460hp/343kW) and the top model Fendt 1050 Vario with a maximum output of 500hp (373kW) (maximum output to ECE-R24).

Designed for a wide range of heavy-duty field work applications the company says it is roadworthy, with a top speed of up to 60km/h. The tractors can be ordered with a 40km/h, 50km/h or 60km/h gearbox.

Thanks to newly developed, large tyres (diameter at rear up to 2.35m) and flexible ballasting, the high-performance draft tractor is highly efficient in putting power to the ground.

Together with the integral tyre pressure regulation system VarioGrip, this enables a significant increase in pulling power.

With its 60-inch (152.4cm) track, Fendt adds the 1000 Vario has been developed specifically with international customers in mind especially the row crop markets of Australia and North America.

The x5 cab from the Fendt Vario 800/900 has been redesigned to offer more working comfort and improved climate control.

The cockpit now swings parallel along with the steering wheel, the side windows and windscreen have been lowered by another 80mm for optimal visibility and the driver door to the cab is 85mm wider.

There are twin fans, larger ducting and an impressive total of 16 louvres. There’s a heating option for the front screen, which is cleaned by Fendt’s familiar 300-degree arc wiper; a new 250-degree wiper on the right window; and a camera incorporated into the bonnet nose badge.

The cab comes with the option of a leather seat with heating and active climate control, while to the driver’s left a newly designed passenger seat folds to become a desk with a paper clip to hold on to documents.

Along with the customary controls Fendt provides additional electric sockets the Vario Terminal 10.4-B unveiled on the 800/900 tractors at last year’s Agritechnica.

This new terminal features a new bracket/holder, touch technology, LCD display screen and LED backlighting.

There are two different positions possible for the step treads, so the entry steps can be adapted to the tyres.

Additional storage spaces have been integrated in the cab and there are more drink and document holders.

The stepless Vario transmission has been further developed for the TA400 transaxle, providing a split of both hydrostatic and mechanical drive.

The rear power take-off (PTO) features a direct drive from the engine through to the PTO gearbox.

A tractor management system (TMS) automatically controls the ground and engine speed dependent on load so target speed is reached quickly and kept constant.

Fendt says even under load, immediate acceleration is possible through the kick-down mode when required.

The high horsepower series is equipped with a 12.4-litre, 6 cylinder common rail high-pressure injection engine from MAN.

Safety features include VarioGrip, Fendt Stability Control, independent wheel suspension, dual-circuit brakes, a reaction steering system,assistance systems for deceleration and brake lights.

The new Fendt 1000 also features two high-capacity hydraulic circuits and two independent axial piston pumps to meet the demands for different flow and pressure levels in the two circuits.

Fendt claims filter monitoring will enables maintenance intervals for the hydraulic oil to reach 2,000 operating hours or 24 months.

With transmission and hydraulic oil supplies separated oils cannot mix, which guarantees active transmission protection making the use of bio-hydraulic oils possible.

As a new feature, the lower links at the rear can be brought into park position without requiring tools allowing more clearance between the lower links and the drawbar.

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