New Fendt tractors receive major upgrades

The 1100 Vario MT is the highest h.p. two-track to offer a CVT transmission and is the company’s largest tractor

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Glacier FarmMediaThe paint, joystick and warranty are all that differentiates the newly branded Fendt 1100 Vario MT and 900 Vario MT tractor lines from the latest Challenger models, but there have been some significant upgrades to the tractors.

The 1100 Vario MT is the highest horsepower two-track tractors to offer a CVT transmission and is the largest Fendt tractor built to date.

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It is available in four models with the three smallest models powered by a MAN 6-cylinder, 15.2L diesel engine. The 1151 Vario MT has 511 h.p., the 1156 has 564 h.p. and the 1162 has 618 h.p.

The 1167 Vario MT is powered by a MAN 6-cylinder, 16.2L diesel engine.

“At 670 constant horsepower boasting over 2,300 foot pounds of torque, the 1167 can handle the largest discs, rippers, grain carts or air seeders on the market,” Daniel Smith, marketing specialist for Fendt, said during the product release event held online Aug. 14.

“Both engines have been designed to deliver maximum torque between 1,100 and 1,400 engine r.p.m. This low engine speed concept has been very popular in Fendt tractors using the MAN engine as it produces tremendous power and torque at a low engine speed.”

He said the low engine speeds reduce wear and tear on the engine, in-cab noise levels and fuel consumption, all while increasing reliability of powertrain components.

The 1100 Vario MT comes with the latest VarioDrive transmission capable of speeds of 65 feet per hour to 25 mph and the transmission works with a tractor management system to automatically find the right engine speed and gear ratio to minimize fuel consumption.

An electronically controlled hydraulically driven fan also helps reduce draw on the engine.

The cab on the new tractor lineup has the same colour-coded controls as other Fendt tractors.

“The multifunction joystick and 10.4 inch terminal allows operators to easily configure and control features such as Fendt Connect (the central telemetry solution for Fendt machines), hydraulics, powertrain functions and implement automation,” Smith said.

The joystick is where the teach-in buttons are located, which allow operators to configure and automate multi-step headland turns and then perform them with the push of a button.

The tractors can be equipped with up to eight selective control valves that can be powered by an optional 116 gallon per minute Bosch hydraulic pump.

This two-pump system allows implements to be connected according to their oil pressure and flow requirements.

Similar to other Fendt tractors, the 1100 Vario MT has separate hydraulic oil reservoirs for the implement and vehicle hydraulic systems, which prevents cross-contamination and helps to extend the service interval to two years or 2,000 hours.

“The three-point hitch design can lift over 20,000 pounds. In addition to lift capacity we also have better control over the position of our implement with our steerable three-point hitch,” Smith said.

“In the drawbar-only model, the optional hydraulically controlled swinging drawbar will swing 28 degrees to the left or to the right for best turning performance. Controlled from the cab, the hitch swing can be set to manual or set to auto mode.”

The steerable three-point hitch is ideal for contour farming and turning when using mounted implements under heavy draft loads, and the swinging drawbar allows the tractor to turn closer to the centre point when hooked up to large air seeders.

A new optional load levelling suspension system called SmartRide is available, which uses two hydraulic cylinders that can help level the tractor, depending on ballast and implement load, to maintain a correct hitch and implement alignment.

Smith said the tractor levelling system improves ride quality and reduces slippage.

The base weight of the 1100 Vario MT is 41,700 lb., and it has a maximum ballasted weight of 59,000 lb.

“Multiple ballasting options, including the new front mono block weight, allows users to easily add a weight when needed,” Smith said.

“All new to this machine are drive wheel weights to further enhance the ballasting and in-field performance for drawbar only applicants.”

Ballasting options include 20 or 36 suitcase weights that provide up to 2,017 or 3,626 lb., respectively, and the front mono block weighs in at 4,400 lb.

Chassis ballasting, using a combination of idler, frame and rear-drive wheel weights, keeps the weight low and prevent adding unneeded stress on the chassis.

The track has a 118-inch wheel base, gauge widths of 88 to 120 inches and four track sizes ranging from 18 to 36 inches.

The Mobil-Trac system has the only mid-wheel design on the market with a suspended undercarriage and rolling mid wheels, Smith said.

He said placing the suspension hard bar closer to the front of the tractor lengthens its wheel base, which enables better weight and power distribution along the belt that reduces soil compaction and improves the ride.

There are three models in the 900 Vario MT lineup: the 938 Vario MT that has 381 h.p.; the 940 that has 405 h.p. and the 943 that has 431 h.p.

“The power-to-weight ratio and mobile track design provides for an average of just over 11 p.s.i. (of ground pressure). That’s roughly a 25 per cent advantage versus the conventional front-wheel assist tractors,” Smith said.

“Its low p.s.i. levels means less compaction and greater yield potential.”

The 900 Vario has a base weight of 33,400 lb. and maximum ballasted weight of 41,000 lb.

Smith said the tractor is well-suited for row crop farmers, vegetable farmers and those who want to increase the window that they can be on the field with a low-ground pressure tractor.

Both the Challenger versions — the MT 700 and the MT 800 — as well as the Fendt version of these tractors were available to order starting Sept. 1.

The Fendt line is now in 204 dealerships in North America, nearly 70 locations more than just two years ago.

Fendt Gold Star Customer Care offers a full warranty and no deductible for 36 months or 3,000 hours, plus all scheduled maintenance.

This article was originally published at The Western Producer.

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