The Massey Ferguson 7615 Dyna 6 was the clear winner of this year’s Top Tractor Shoot Out, despite the calibre of entrants and highly competitive line-up.
There are a number of reasons why the judges unanimously decided on the 7615 as the Top Tractor Shoot Out 2015 winner. We were looking for the best value for money tractor under $140,000 and all things considered, we are convinced this is it.
The Massey Ferguson 7615 Dyna 6 is a good looking, well designed tractor, with many features which we did not take full advantage of on the day. However, there is no doubt that it stood out from the crowd in terms of individual customisation, particularly of transmission and hydraulic settings all combined in a comfortable, well refined cab.
TOP TRACTOR AWARDS 2015
As in every other Top Tractor Shoot Out we have held, the Massey Ferguson entrant has always dyno'd very close to its max rated power and the 7615 did not disappoint, with a healthy 145hp Dyno result. The power comes from the Finnish-made SISU 6.6L, six cylinder four valve engine which is turbo charged, and intercooled. The SISU power plant meets EU legislation Stage 3B (Tier 4i) using SCR with AdBlue.
This impressed all four judges, both in ease of servicing and innovation. Vital parts are more likely to be checked on a daily basis, because it is easy to do so. When coupled with 500hr engine and 1500hr transmission service intervals, this is likely to keep the cost of ownership down.
The Dyna 6 has a user-friendly transmission that gives 24 speeds with six speeds in four ranges. There are a number of different settings for the transmission which are very nifty, although this does take some homework. Having said that, all the automation can be turned off and driven like any other normal semi power shift transmission, all without having to touch the clutch.
The six pillar cab was well laid out, bright and comfortable. Large wing mirrors aid rear visibility and smaller doors would play less havoc in the wind. You sit high over the top of the bonnet, which slopes away quickly.
The armrest controls in the Massey were very easy to use and, on the outside, a full light package of 12 work lights is standard with six on front, six on back. Adjustable two point cab suspension was fitted to our test machine and, although it wasn't the best there, it did still provide a very comfortable ride.
The key point with the controls on the 7615 is flexibility to suit different applications. An example of this is the transmission, which can be used from four different locations in the cab: the left hand shuttle, the armrest 'T' stick, the joystick or the foot pedal when in auto mode.
The 7615 was equipped with three remotes – two electronic and one manual as standard, although you can go to four spools all electric for an additional $1700 which seems very reasonable.
The 110L/min Closed Centre Load Sensing (CCLS) swash plate pump was not the most powerful there, nor was that power beyond standard (it is optional), but this was the only machine where it was possible to operate the spools individually via the levers mounted externally, directly on the valve block.
With max lift capacity of 8.6T this was by no means tested to its limit on the day. The linkage was well laid out and un-cluttered which made hitching the implements a doddle. The conventional top link holder was cursed at on a number of occasions and, to be honest, it was very good at holding the top link securely when not in use, but was in the road and at risk of being damaged when the top link was in use and at a good height for hitting your head on when hitching implements.
PERFORMANCE (IMPLEMENTS AND DYNO)
The low-down design of the Massey – with very little weight above the half-way mark of the rear wheels (which was evident by the large amount of room between the cab and the chassis) – means excellent stability on hills.
The longer wheel base of the six-cylinder machine felt well balanced and definitely aided traction. This machine did have 800-odd-kgs on the nose which helped with the heavy rear kit, although performance was pleasing given it was by no means the biggest hp rated tractor there.
The key thing to remember with this tractor is that while it is neither the cheapest nor the most powerful of our top Tractor Shoot Out line-up, we felt it represented excellent value for money in terms of what the machine offers to a wide range of buyers.
Major farm machinery player AGCO recently unveiled an array of new Massey Ferguson products under its Vision of the Future banner at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
With almost 300 guests in attendance including dealers and distributors from Australia, New Zealand and Far East Asia, the new product releases coincide with the Company’s new global strategy, which now makes available six new tractor models with more to follow in the near future. Resulting from a $375 million investment in a new state-of–the-art production facility and five years of research and planning, the all-new Massey Ferguson Global Series utility tractors span 60hp - 82hp and are available in varying configurations and specification levels.
The new range took pride of place on the big stage at the event’s opening Gala Dinner when the curtains were hoisted, revealing the complete Massey Ferguson product range featuring close to 80 units on display in the 4500sqm venue. Dealers and distributors from the APAC region were then taken through extensive product training sessions over two days including drive sessions held at the Werribee Equestrian Centre.
Global Series Tractors
The MF2709, MF4707 and MF4708 are the first new models in a ground-breaking new 60hp to 135hp global family. “The Global Series tractors are significant because for the first time in 20 years, AGCO has taken a "clean sheet" approach to the design and manufacture of the machines, states Gary Collar, AGCO’s Senior Vice President for the APAC region. The series reflects the Massey Ferguson heritage of success in the utility tractor sector, which is based on dependability and reliability and is purpose-built for modern applications across international markets. We’ve also tested the new range in brutal conditions from Arizona in the USA to Lusaka in Zambia,” says Gary.
Developed by Massey Ferguson engineers in Beauvais, France, more than 90% of the parts and components in the Global Series are entirely new - designed and engineered specifically for the tractors.
Making it all possible is AGCO’s new state-of-the-art factory built in Changzhou, China which when fully operational will not only manufacture the Massey Ferguson Global Series but also function as a logistics hub for spare parts and components.
Developed and constructed in three phases, AGCO has invested over $375 million in the 190,000 square metre facility, which incorporates a further 30,000 square metres for expansion. “The facility utilises the most modern manufacturing equipment and principles, making it one of the most technologically advanced factories in the world, states Gary. The Changzhou factory is capable of building any machine or part AGCO requires to the highest worldwide standards."
MF8700 Series high horsepower tractors & MF9407S Telehandler
Also part of the Vision of the Future event was the release of Massey Ferguson’s new MF8700 Series high horsepower tractors and for the first time a new Massey Ferguson telehandler. The MF8700 Series features five new models ranging from 300hp – 400hp and are powered by the latest, most advanced AGCO POWER engines, which comply fully with the strictest Stage IV/Tier 4 final emissions regulations and feature changes to the transmission, cab and controls to further boost performance, efficiency and ease of use.
The new Massey Ferguson MF9407S telescopic handler has been developed specifically for agricultural applications and combines unrivalled levels of visibility, from a patented cab design, with the manoeuvrability and performance required for the most demanding handling operations. The MF9407S features a maximum lift height up to 7m, a lift capacity of 3.5 tonne and one of the fastest cycle times in the industry. The machine also features directional shuttle control on the joystick and the short, wide chassis provides exceptional stability
AGCO (NYSE: AGCO) is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural machinery. AGCO supports more productive farming through a full line of tractors, combines, hay tools, sprayers, forage equipment, grain storage and protein production systems, tillage implements and replacement parts. AGCO products are sold through five core machinery brands, Challenger®, Fendt®, GSI®, Massey Ferguson® and Valtra® and are distributed globally through approximately 3,100 independent dealers and distributors in more than 140 countries worldwide. Founded in 1990, AGCO is headquartered in Duluth, GA, USA. In 2013, AGCO had net sales of $10.8 billion. www.AGCOcorp.com