Seldom does it make sense to mess with success, unless the final product is a step up from what a company offered before. For Massey Ferguson, the 500 series line has been a top mid-size performer for the company. For 2010, the 500 series is being replaced with the new four-model HD series line and four models of the line in low-profile trim.
"We've upgraded the tractor with a flip-up hood and changes to match the rest of the line," says Jerry Oxborough, Massey Ferguson. "And we've worked on areas for operator comfort too."
Controls for the tractor have been moved to the right side, opening up the operator station for improved comfort. "We also improved the design of the [rollover protective structure] offering two different versions, one for the standard tractor and another for the low-profile model," Oxborough points out.
There are four main models, but each is available in a standard or low profile design for specialty crop uses.
The new Massey Ferguson HD series will be filling big shoes as it replaces the 500 series line. The new model gets the raised-headlight family look and improved maintenance access for 2010.
Power to ground
In this class of tractor, solid mechanical specs are a must. The line is powered by the Perkins 1104D series engines meeting the latest emissions standards. This is a four-cylinder, 4.4-liter turbo diesel design.
The engine is mated to an 8-forward by 8-reverse speed synchromesh transmission with forward-reverse shuttle. An optional 12-forward by 4-reverse speed transmission is available.
The base transmission is an upgrade from the 500-series 8-forward by 2-reverse model, Oxborough notes.
There are four models in the line, each with a corresponding low-profile sibling. Here's a rundown on key specs for the line.
2650HD offers 74 engine horsepower and 62 hp at the power takeoff. The model features a 540-rpm independent PTO and open center hydraulics with 22.5 gallons per minute in total flow. The model is available both in an open-station design and with a cab. The 2650 LP is the model designation for the low-profile version, which is not available with a cab.
2660HD offers 81 engine hp and 70 PTO hp. This model also features a 540-rpm independent PTO and open center hydraulics with 22.5 gallons per minute in total flow. The model is available both in an open-station design and with a cab. The 2660 LP is the designation for the corresponding low-profile machine.
2670HD features 91 engine hp and 77 PTO hp. This model features an independent 540/1000 rpm PTO design (with only a 6-spline 540 rpm PTO shaft provided). The 2670LP is the corresponding low-profile machine.
2680HD offers 97 engine HP and 83 PTO hp. This model features an independent 540/1000 rpm PTO design (with only a 6-spline 540 rpm PTO shaft provided). Corresponding low-profile machine is the 2680LP.
Oxborough notes that the HD series line is designed for durability and simplicity. "We even use the waffle rim design on our wheels that you'll find on larger tractors. They use more bolts and are a stronger design," he adds.
You can learn more about the line at your local Massey Ferguson dealer or by visiting www.masseyferguson.com.