A wide range of new Massey Ferguson tractors and combines made its debut at last week's Lamma show in England.
And with the most up-to-date FTMTA tractor sales statistics showing Massey Ferguson has been steadily increasing its share of the Irish tractor market, things are currently looking healthy for the red brand.
According to Ben Agar, MF manager for marketing services in Ireland, there is a big demand for the latest MF7600 series.
"Our new flagship model, the MF7626, attracted a lot of interest from Irish visitors to Lamma. Further down the range, the four latest models in the MF5400 series have proved extremely popular, again increasing our share in this important sector. The new MF5600 series with powers from 85hp to 105hp should prove to be popular sellers in Ireland," he said.
MF 5600 series
Three new models from the 5600 series made their debut at Lamma – the MF5608 (85hp), MF5609 (95hp) and MF5610 (105hp).
All are powered by the very latest Agco three-cylinder engines, which generate maximum power at 2,000rpm.
They employ straight forward technology to meet the latest emission standards.
A new pedal-activated brake on the Dyna-4 transmission is useful for loader work, increasing efficiency and cutting wear by automatically disengaging the drive when the brake is pressed.
The transmission, which has been optimised for the tractor size and power, also now comes with the option of Autodrive that changes both Dynashift speeds and ranges, allowing up to 16 speeds to be changed automatically simply by pressing the throttle pedal.
Also new is the spacious, high comfort cab, which is a similar size to that fitted on the larger models in the MF7600 series.
Despite being much larger than the previous cab, MF claims it won't compromise manoeuvrability around the yard or in low sheds thanks to an extensive choice of cab positions and roof types.
All the MF5600 series tractors are available with two cab positions and a choice of either a slimline, a visio or a standard roof, providing a range of overall height options.
The MF5600 series size and manoeuvrability make them likely candidates for loader work. That position is further bolstered by a new hydraulic pump option that offers high flows of up to 100l/min for loader work. At the flick of a switch, the system automatically combines the output of three pumps.
Loader operation is made easier by the new right-hand joystick option that allows operators to control the transmission, hydraulics and loader with one hand.
MF 7626 flagship leads the field
Further up the power scale, the MF7626, which also debuted at Lamma, expands the 7600 series into a wider market, providing up to 280hp from its 7.4 litre Agco engine.
The internally redesigned Dyna-6 transmission offers completely clutchless operation by either the left-hand power control or right-hand armrest levers, providing a total of 24 speeds from six Dynashift steps in four gears.
'Autodrive' is standard and MF claims it is proved to increase workrates and cut fuel consumption during both field and transport work.
The MF7624, in common with the rest of the range, is available in three levels of specification – essential, efficient and exclusive.
The new cab comes with a choice of mechanical suspension or, for top comfort, the hydraulic option. Depending on specification, it is available with a range of new command control arms and multi-function joysticks.
A new multipad joystick is standard with the top specification, while there is a new option of a multifunction joystick, which includes forward/reverse shuttle and gear shift buttons, along with hydraulic control.
Skyline combine cab aims for better visibility
At Lamma, MF also showed for the first time the new Skyline cab for the Beta range of five and six straw-walker combines.
The cab provides good visibility through sound-absorbing glass and has an air-suspended seat, climate control air-conditioning and heating, and is fitted with new mirrors and lighting array.
Control and monitoring of all operations is via the new Techtouch 10.4 inch touch-screen terminal, which provides automatic crop settings at the touch of a button, including electrically adjustable sieves.
This is mounted at the front of the new control arm console, which also includes the new power grip controller – an ergonomically sculpted handgrip that includes finger and thumb controls for the most frequently used functions.