Fendt goes greener with fresh crop of machines
Improved fuel consumption is highlight in updated 700 series
Published 08/02/2012 | 06:00
In the middle of last year, Fendt unveiled the first half of its new 700 series with the introduction of three new models, the 200hp Fendt 720, 220hp Fendt 722 and 240hp Fendt 724.
Partly driven by new emission regulations, these new models all feature Deutz engines equipped with selective catalytic reduction (AdBlue) exhaust emission control systems.
The biggest visible change to the 700 series, though, was the introduction of the new Visio cab. The high-visibility design replaces the firm's likeable, but dated, design across many of the series.
Last month, emissions standard Stage 3b (Tier 4 interim) took effect for tractors from 76-177hp. In preparation for the new regulations, Fendt introduced a further three new models at the lower end of the 700 series, providing a complete line-up to replace the firm's older 700 series as Tier 3 production comes to an end.
The three new models are the 145hp Fendt 714, 165hp Fendt 716 and 180hp Fendt 718, which broadens the series' engine power down to the sub-200hp band. Despite access to in-house manufactured AGCO Sisu engines from Finland, power supply again comes from fellow German manufacturer Deutz.
In common with the more powerful models, the new tractors in the 700 Vario Series are powered by 6.06-litre capacity, six-cylinder Deutz engines and, of course, use SCR exhaust emission control. Love it or loathe it, Fendt's new VisioPlus cab provides a whole new level of visibility for the operator in comparison to the old design. This is in keeping with much of what the competition offer.
It is not completely a four-post design, because the large left-hand door hinges off a B-pillar, turning it into a five-post design. This should make the door easier to handle than some of the big single doors out there.
Instead of going for a clear roof panel for loader work, Fendt opted to curve the windscreen into the roof. This practical design gives full width and unobstructed visibility for loader work at height.