Fendt hoping to crack 18,000 tractor sales

By: Chris McCullogh

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Fendt gears up for Agritechnica with launch of its new 900 Vario series

The new Fendt 900 Vario will launch at Agritechnica 2019
The new Fendt 900 Vario was designed for heavy traction work

With Agritechnica firmly in its sights, AGCO’s Fendt brand has launched some new machines and tweaked other existing machines ahead of the big German machinery show in November.

According to Peter-Josef Paffen, chairman of the AGCO/Fendt executive board, Fendt had its most successful year ever in 2018 when it sold 16,806 tractors globally.

"Growth continues. We are currently planning sales of 18,000 Fendt tractors in 2019. This brings us a big step closer to our target of 20,000 tractors in 2020," he says.

Fendt has taken the covers off its new 900 Vario series of five models ranging from 296hp to 415hp (221kW to 309kW). The new top model Fendt 942 Vario sees the 900-series venture beyond 400hp (298kW) for the first time.

Power up

Fendt has designed the new Man six cylinder engine with a cubic capacity of nine litres and VTG turbocharger with variable turbine geometry that powers the 900 series.

The change interval for the M3677 engine oil has gone up to an unprecedented 1,000 hours. The Fendt VarioDrive powertrain builds up together with the perfectly aligned TA 300 Vario transmission.

A new large tyre has been specially developed for the new Fendt 900-series
A new large tyre has been specially developed for the new 900-series

The Fendt iD low speed concept, geared towards high power reserves, is used in the 900-series for the first time and has a nominal engine speed of 1,700rpm. During idle running, the engine speed is only 650rpm.

The Fendt 900 Vario reaches a top speed of 60km/h at a fuel-saving 1,450rpm, 50km/h at 1,200rpm, and at 40km/h the engine speed is just 950rpm. The maximum torque of up to 1,970Nm is just 1,100rpm on the top-end model Fendt 942 Vario.

 

Technology

As ever, with the fast pace of new technology, the new 900 series has Fendt Connect, which is the central telemetry system for analysing and managing machine use. Also, the new 900 series offers Fendt Grip Assistant for the first time.

To bring the power to the ground, transfer traction and increase the footprint, a new large tyre has been specially developed for the new 900-series, with a maximum diameter of 2.20m (750/70R44).

On stand

Other news from Fendt at Agritechnica will include the 700 Vario series fitted with the new intuitive operating philosophy FendtONE for the first time; updates to the Fendt 1000 series; a higher powered Fendt Katana 625 self-propelled forage harvester and new additions to the Tigo loading wagon range.

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