You won’t find a bigger two-tracked tractor on the market than the Fendt 1167 Vario MT. It’s the top of the Fendt 1100 Vario MT Series line, new for 2021. And it’s rated to produce 634 horsepower for the toughest pulling jobs on your farm. However, that doesn’t mean it’s all brute and no finesse.
Check out features of the tractor through this virtual walkaround, and then “climb aboard” as Mark Brungardt, marketing manager for Fendt in North America, puts the Fendt 1167 Vario MT through its paces in a test drive.
This firsthand look was captured during preparation for the Farm Progress Virtual Experience at the Farm Progress Show site near Boone, Iowa, in September. You can still visit the show at FPVExp.com. Check out the Agco display and learn more about the new offering of Fendt tractors.
Here are highlights of the Fendt 1167 Vario MT:
Smooth ride. Even though the tractor can unleash lots of power, it’s easy to climb into the cab. The ride over rough cornstalk ground and other ground tracked up from unloading and moving various pieces of equipment remained remarkably smooth. Brungardt, piloting the tractor, said that’s because it features SmartRide, a track-suspension system that distributes weight and delivers an overall smoother ride for both the driver and the tractor itself.
You can vary the total weight of the tractor to fit your needs, depending on how you will be using it, by ballasting and adding more wheel weights, if necessary. Thanks to the continuously variable transmission, you can move from a snail’s pace, literally 65 feet per hour, all the way up to 25 miles per hour on the road.
Large hydraulic capacity. Large implements today often have huge hydraulic oil capacity requirements. The Fendt 1167 Vario MT is designed to meet those challenges, Brungardt said, as it is capable of obtaining high hydraulic oil flow rates to match an implement’s demands. There are eight hydraulic remotes at the rear of the tractor, with two outlets per remote. That allows enough hookup room to handle whatever you’re pulling behind the tractor.
Low engine operating speed. The sound of power when you jumped on an open-cab Allis-Chalmers 190XT in the late 1960s or early 1970s, a workhorse tractor for its day, was at its loudest when you opened the throttle and ran near 3,000 rpm. That was on a tractor producing 100 hp. While the Fendt 1167 Vario MT can produce 634 hp, the engine only runs at 1,770 rpm at full speed, Brungardt said.
Typically, when pulling a large load, you can operate at 1,300 to 1,400 rpm. He said that makes for a quieter ride, but it also means longer engine life for the machine. The entire tractor is built around delivering maximum power at lower rpm speeds compared to what many large tractors required in the past, Brungardt concluded.