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Massey Ferguson launches new compact series

Massey Ferguson Published on 06 August 2013

The new 1700 series of compact tractors offers farmers a wide array of options to get the job done on the farm, according to Massey Ferguson, the manufacturing company that will introduce its new line at the 2013 Farm Progress Show, Aug. 27-29 in Decatur, Illinois.

The series builds upon the company’s 1600 Series, delivering sophistication, comfort and performance in a versatile, durable package usually found only in full-size models.

The series offers six models from 35- to 60-gross engine horsepower, all featuring four-wheel drive, the option of a cab or open platform, a choice of two transmissions, plus rear and/or mid PTOs, according to the company, making it easy for operators to choose the perfect tractor for the job.

The new line of Mitsubishi diesel engines powering the series brings turbo-charged power benefit from advanced intercooling and a new high-pressure common-rail system for smoother power delivery and a more complete fuel burn.

Models MF1736, MF1742 and MF1749 feature three-cylinder, 1.7-liter diesel engines with 36.2, 41.6 and 48.3 horsepower, respectively. Models MF1754, MF1758 and MF1759 are powered by four-cylinder, 2.2-liter engines offering 53.6, 59 and 59 horsepower, respectively.

All models also include a 540-rpm independent rear PTO with electro-hydraulic engagement and a wet multi-disc clutch, built to deliver greater durability and smoother engagements.

The new engines also meet the stringent Tier 4 emission requirements by way of a newly designed diesel particulate filter (DPF) that removes harmful soot and particulate matter from the exhaust.

These new DPFs regenerate themselves automatically using the engine’s heat to oxidize the particulate matter into a gas during operation, with little to no effort on behalf of the operator and no additional cost for a replacement filter.

Transmission options include a classic 12x12 power shuttle transmission or a more-advanced hydrostatic transmission (HST). For those who prefer a traditional transmission, the 12x12 power shuttle has four synchronized gears and three non-synchronized ranges for a wide array of speed options.

When quick direction changes are needed, an electronically controlled, wet multi-disc clutch lets the operator shuttle the tractor, changing the direction of travel simply by flipping a lever rather than using the foot clutch.

The more advanced HST transmission offers even simpler operation, allowing drivers to focus on the task at hand. It empowers operators to vary work and travel speeds infinitely, without shifting gears.  FG

—From Massey Ferguson news release