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Fendt makes higher-horsepower tracks into North American market

Fresh off the North American launch of its high-horsepower Ideal 10 combines, German ag equipment maker Fendt is now also bringing more horses to its tractor line.

Fendt, owned by U.S. ag equipment firm Agco, said its 1100 Vario MT track tractors offer up “newly engineered features that elevate operator comfort and in-field performance.”

The line includes four models: the 1151 (511 hp), 1156 (564 hp) and 1162 (618 hp), powered by MAN six-cylinder, 15.2-L diesel engines, and the 1167 Vario MT (673 hp) with the MAN six-cylinder, 16.2-L diesel engine.

The 1167, Fendt said, will thus be “the highest-horsepower track tractor on the market today.”

The tractors “also offer a new approach to track machine suspension, more ballasting options, two industry-exclusive rear hitch systems and many features to provide operator comfort,” the company said in a release.

“For flotation, ride comfort, fuel efficiency, implement operation, power and reliability, these new track tractors will definitely stand out in the marketplace as a great choice for the heaviest jobs,” strategic marketing manager Tom Turner said in the same release.

“We’ve added some totally new, Fendt-exclusive innovations, such as a steerable three-point hitch system and a hydraulically controlled swinging drawbar option that make headland turns with large implements smoother for the operator, less demanding on the tractor and gentler on the soil.

The swinging drawbar, he said, allows the tractor to turn closer to the centre point for wide planters, air seeders and tillage tools, requiring less power for steering and navigating wet field conditions.

“The steerable three-point hitch is ideal for contour farming and turning when using mounted implements under heavy draft loads.”

The engines offer the Fendt iD “low-rev engine concept,” tied in with the Fendt Tractor Management System (TMS) and stepless VarioDrive transmission.

Fendt iD and TMS “allow the tractors to run in the maximum torque range while delivering low fuel consumption to help reduce operating costs.”

The tractors “not only provide maximum torque at 1,100 rpm, they are the highest horsepower two-track tractors to offer a CVT transmission for more power to the ground and greater flotation.”

Agco, in its announcement, emphasized it will continue to offer its Challenger MT700 and MT800 track tractors “to meet the diverse needs of customers throughout North America.”

fendt 1167 vario mt

Fendt’s 1167 Vario MT, shown here, is billed as “the highest-horsepower track tractor on the market today.” (Agcocorp.com)

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