The new Fendt 900 Series tractor has been fully designed with the North American market in mind and will be on hand at the 2019 Farm Progress Show, set for Aug. 27-29 in Decatur, Ill. A close look at the machine shows the heritage first set down by the Fendt 1000 tractor launched in Europe in 2015. But this machine has duals, and according to Andrew Sunderman, tactical marketing manager for high-horsepower tractors, Agco, the machine can be set on 60-inch or 120-inch centers. “That’s a first for Fendt,” he points out. “Like the Fendt 1000, this tractor has front and rear axles that run independently.”
That axle innovation allows the machine to apply power to the front or rear axle as needed. While it’s not a limited slip differential or a locking differential, it does work to provide more efficient power transfer to the right axle as needed. The tractors also feature a six-cylinder, 9-liter MAN engine that will provide higher torque at lower speeds.
Sunderman notes that the tractors idle at 650 rpm and have a top-end engine speed of 1,700 rpm. “That’s unprecedented today,” he adds. “This can improve fuel economy and reduce wear on the engine.”
During a test drive, it was clear the engine will be a quiet performer. Mated to the Fendt stepless VarioDrive continuously variable transmission, that engine drivetrain offers speeds from a few feet per hour to 30-plus mph, with no range change needed.