Fendt launches powerful new 1000 series tractors

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Fendt has launched the 1000 Vario Series tractors in ANZ, describing them as its biggest and most technically advanced machines yet, and TradeFarmMachinery.com.au was at the big launch event in Horsham, Victoria.

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The centrepiece of the event was the largest model in the 1000 series, the 500hp (368kW) 1050 Vario.

Fendt parent company AGCO describes the new range as the industry’s most powerful rigid-frame tractor suited to an array of tasks from heavy-draft work to front and rear linkage applications.

"The new 1000 Vario provides farmers and contractors with the ultimate versatility and cost savings," Fendt product manager Donny Cloney says.

"This new range can be used in many different applications such as seeding, pulling a chaser bin, spraying and baling, which up until now has required customers to invest in multiple tractors that can spend large periods of time in the shed.

"Adding to its versatility, the track width can be adjustable down to 60 inches (152.4cm), making it ideal for row crop applications," Cloney adds.

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To deliver the big power to the range, Fendt has used a 12.4-litre, 6-cylinder MAN engine which uses a mix of AdBlue and exhaust recirculation to keep it clean and deliver maximum torque at low engine revs.

Coupled with the Vario transmission, Fendt says the 1000 Series is capable of speeds of 40km/h at a low 950rpm. Maximum torque is achieved at 1100 rpm and is maintained all the way to 1500 rpm, resulting in maximum fuel efficiency.

The Fendt stepless Vario transmission has also been upgraded and is able to drive both axles independently.

"Conventional four wheel drive tractors usually have a fixed torque ratio between the front and rear axle but with the 1000 Series, torque is distributed over two transmission outputs independently on both axles," Cloney says.

"With the help of an intelligently controlled four-wheel clutch, torque can be shifted between the axles according to need, resulting in greater traction and a tighter turning circle."

In the field the 1000 Series operates in four-wheel drive but the axles work independently. When the implement is engaged into the ground the transmission pressure increases and the clutch locks for a conventional four-wheel drive.

The switch from independent four-wheel drive to conventional four-wheel drive is also done by wheel speed between the front and rear axle. If the tractor senses wheel-slip on one axle the conventional four-wheel drive is then engaged. 

The 1000 Vario achieves a top road speed of 50km/h as standard with the option of increasing maximum speed to 60km/h. It can also carry up to 9,000kg at 40km/h.

"Independent front axle suspension is standard and provides unbeatable load carrying ability, traction and comfort," Cloney says.

 "The stability control adjusts the angle of the tractor when cornering so the tractor doesn’t lean over when cornering at speed.

"The four-point pneumatic cab suspension also has level control so travelling at speed or across steep terrain is no problem for the 1000 Series."

The company says that due to the large size of the new models, which stand at 3.6m high, the side windows and windscreen provide outstanding vision of the working field.

Among the new features are a cockpit that swings parallel to the steering wheel, additional storage spaces, a passenger seat moulded into the wheel arch for easier access, and entry steps that can be adapted around the size of the tyres for improved safety.

The new Fendt 1000 Vario series also features high-capacity hydraulics with two highly efficient hydraulic circuits. Two optional independent axial piston pumps can be specified to meet the demands of different flow and pressure levels for performance of 430 litres per minute.

The tractor also features a fifth remote valve that can output 170 LPM.  The transmission and hydraulic oil supplies are separate, which means the oils cannot mix.

The tractor can also be specified from the factory without rear linkage and PTO if a basic scraper or draft machine is required.


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