Equipment Roundup

AGCO's Massey, Trimble and Horsch Roll Out New Products and Services

Dan Miller
By  Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Massey Ferguson 2860 has a newly designed cab. (Photo courtesy of AGCO Corp)

In this Equipment Roundup, DTN looks at some of the features on Massey's new sub-compact tractors, how Trimble has increased its footprint in North America to pass 1 million square miles of coverage, and Horsch is offering a better way to condition the soil with various options.



AGCO Corporation has announced a new family of four-wheel-drive compact tractors -- the Massey Ferguson 1800M and 2800M series, with five models ranging from 35- to 60-horsepower engine.

Featuring 1.83-liter, three-cylinder Iseki diesel engines, the 1800M Series tractors are available in two models with 36.2- or 39.4-horsepower engine. The 2800M Series offers three 2.43-liter, four-cylinder Iseki-powered models, from 48.8- to 60.3-horsepower engine. These engines are turbocharged, liquid-cooled and standard-equipped with glow plugs for fast, reliable starting in low temperatures.

The M Series premium compacts are standard-equipped with the popular 12x12 power shuttle-shift transmission. An optional three-range hydrostatic transmission is also available.

The new M Series compact tractors also benefit from a fresh design with an updated hood, headlights and new decals, reflecting the look of larger Massey Ferguson utility and row-crop tractors.

The M Series compact tractors are available in both cab and open-station configurations. The standard cab models feature dual lockable, entry/exit doors, tilt steering and heating/air conditioning. An optional Deluxe Cab package is also available. Designed for high-hour users wanting greater comfort, convenience and less fatigue during long hours in the field or on the job site, the Deluxe Cab includes an air-ride seat, bright LED work lights, Bluetooth-ready radio with CD player, rear windshield defrost and a handy pull-down sun visor.

The new M Series compact tractors offer up to 12.6 gpm hydraulic output. The high-output system provides more responsive power at low engine speeds, allowing operators to throttle-back to reduce noise, while maintaining full steering and implement function.

All M Series compact tractors are standard equipped with 540 rpm independent power takeoff (PTO), electro-hydraulic controlled for smooth engagement. A handy push-button switch mounted on the rear fender lets an operator engage or disengage the rear PTO from ground level, outside of the cab or operator platform. An optional 2,000-rpm mid-mount PTO also features electro-hydraulic engagement with the simple twist of a knob.

The new 1800M and 2800M Series replace the 1700M Series compact.

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Trimble has acquired MidStates VRS, a network previously owned by Butler Machinery and Frontier Precision. The addition of the network, located in North and South Dakota, increases the footprint of Trimble's VRS Now GNSS corrections service to cover more than 1 million square miles in North America.

As part of an ongoing expansion strategy, the new coverage for the VRS Now subscription service helps users in more places achieve high-accuracy positioning to increase productivity, reduce operational costs and improve safety. The correction service is ideal for professionals in agriculture and unmanned aerial system guidance.

Trimble VRS Now offers instant access to centimeter-level positioning tailored to the users' geographic location; the service is always on, with no base station or setup required.

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HORSCH, a global leader in seeding, planting, tillage and application technologies has announced the launch of the Generation Four Joker high-speed compact disc for North America. The Joker RX Series offers owners the ability to use 4-inch wave-width Vortex blades that allow the Joker RX to achieve horizontal fractures from the surface down to 4 to 5 inches.

Blade angles are set on the front and rear at 17 degrees. A new mono-mount blade arm design maintains blade angle engagement on the RX Series. The Joker RX comes standard with manual depth adjustment. An optional TouchDepth feature allows operators to electronically adjust the depth of the implement via mobile app.

Two new finishing systems are available on the Joker RX. The RingFlex system, which is an evolution of the original RollFlex system, provides high performance in soil conditioning and consolidation. The second option is the OptiRoll system. It offers a new approach to the rubber rollers found on competitive units. A dual compound design with a poly center sleeve and rubber rings, coupled with a perpendicular scraper system, gives optimum cleaning in high moisture conditions. Treaded rubber rings keep the OptiRoll rolling in soft and wet conditions.

Joker RX models are available in 5-foot increments from 20- to 40-feet wide. Products can be ordered now for delivery in spring 2021.

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