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Fendt goes greener with fresh crop of machines

Improved fuel consumption is highlight in updated 700 series

Bruce Lett

Published 08/02/2012 | 06:00

Fendt has added three new models to the 700 Vario series, all featuring SCR (AdBlue) emission control and new cabs
Fendt has added three new models to the 700 Vario series, all featuring SCR (AdBlue) emission control and new cabs
Fendt has added three new models to the 700 Vario series, all featuring SCR (AdBlue) emission control and new cabs

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.

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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.

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Fendt states that the new cab has a total of 5.2m² of glass area and to keep the operator cool, air conditioning is standard and full climate control is optional. In-house loader options include the Fendt Cargo 4X/85, 5X/90 and 5X/85 front loaders.

For increased operator comfort, there is the option of a new, three-point, pneumatic cab suspension system. The standard cab suspension offering is provided by a mechanical system and the first level option is the firm's deluxe pneumatic system. Inside the cab, a new fully adjustable and telescoping dash unit moves with the steering wheel.

The new Fendt 700 Vario models are available in two levels of specification, Profi and ProfiPlus. The seats' right-hand armrest houses the Vario multi-function joystick control and is equipped with a 10.4in terminal screen on ProfiPlus models and a 7in screen on the Profi versions. Both terminals are ISObus compatible and provide Variotronic control of the headland management system and TMS -- engine and transmission control system. Launched on the smaller 700 series model is the option of a Plug and Work hydraulic multi-coupling that connects up to six hydraulic hoses, the electrics and ISObus plug all in one -- so no mixing up pipes and functions.

A RFID (Radio-frequency Identification) tag automatically identifies the implement and immediately loads the settings into the terminal on the tractor.

Fendt says this will be available for the larger 700 Vario Series as well as the 800 and 900 Varios.

On ProfiPlus models the fully automatic steering system option -'varioguide'- is also operated through the same terminal as the new steering option. This can be set to turn the front wheels lock-to-lock in less than one revolution of the steering wheel.

With the current price of diesel, fuel consumption (or the lack of it) is an increasingly important factor.

A feature of Vario transmissions is the ability to 'juggle' engine and transmission speeds to provide peak performance and efficiency.

The two smaller models, the 714 and 716 Varios, are equipped with the ML 140 version Vario transmission, while the new 718 Vario has the same ML 180 unit used in the larger 700 series models.

Both transmissions employ Fendt's TMS (Tractor Management System), which the firm says 'optimises' performance by adjusting the engine rpm and travel speed automatically to ensure the tractor always operates at the peak efficiency.

Fendt claims this system cuts fuel consumption by 10pc and says that top speed of 50kph on the 700 series is achieved at just 1,700 engine rpm.

A new feature on the 700 series is a new parking position for the rear linkage lift arms. For many years, tractors have had problems with the lift arms getting in the way when towing trailers in particular or damaging PTOs on other trailed machines, such as muck spreaders.

Many hauling silage or grain would remove them altogether if possible.

Fendt claims the new parking position facility is a simple, but effective, system and allows the rear link arms to be lifted up and parked without the use of tools. The facility will also be available across the 800 and 900 Series.

From the firm's website's configurator facility, the price of the standard specification Fendt 714Vo Vario is €165,815 plus VAT and €207,323 plus VAT for the largest model in the series, the 724Vo Vario.

The outgoing 714 Vario model is quoted at €148,059 plus VAT, so there is a considerable increase in price with the introduction of the new emissionised and updated 700 series.

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