On Tuesday 20th August 2019 I popped along to the Lister Wilder launch event for the new Fendt 900 series tractors and in particular the Fendt 942 which is the new top end model to join the 900 range. Thankfully the weather stayed dry and the sun even came out which given the last few weeks weather was a bit of luck!
Lister Wilder had various Fendt tractors and a Fendt Rogator 655 season propelled sprayer for visitors to see and try, as well as various Väderstad machines coupled to them.
There was a steady flow of visitors popping in from farms around the area and a couple of passing Norwegians also took the opportunity to see the new tractors. Lister Wilder supplied complimentary food and drinks so everyone could have a leisurely time checking out the machinery.
The highlight was obviously the new Fendt 942, this was coupled to a 6m Väderstad Topdown cultivator and was equipped with the Trimble based VarioGuide steering as well as VarioGrip and VarioGrip Assistant, there are more details on these below and a more in depth report on the Fendt 942 Gen 6 will follow shortly.
First impressions of the Fendt 942 were that it was a smart looking tractor and sure to impress on looks alone (How shallow?!), in the drive it was a simple operation to both get the tractor moving as well as lined up on the guidance with a simple press of the “Go” button to engage the VarioGuide and the tractor put itself on the correct line at the correct spacing, a second press of the button engaged the headland management system lowered the Topdown, engaged cruise control and set to work.
At the end of the run a quick press of the “END” button and take control of the joystick and steering wheel again and the machine lifts the Topdown out of work ready for you to make the headland turn and repeat the process. The tractor is capable of raising and lowering the implement on its own but this requires mapping of the field and headland so it knows it parameters, something which wasn’t possible on this occasion.
I was impressed with how the tractor handled the Topdown and how effortless it now is to make headland turns and carry out your work, the automation on the tractor reduces fatigue on the operator and increases safety.
I also took the opportunity to have a chat with Trelleborg whilst i was there, they were supporting Lister Wilder and we’re pleased to tell me about their optimisation program which they are offering for free to all Trelleborg equipped vehicles and machines to try and raise awareness of how tyre technologies have changed and how a few simple settings can save fuel, time and money whilst improving soil health, crop root density and increased yields. I’ll have a more details on this up shortly in a separate post.
I highly recommend a trip to the next event on Thursday 22nd August at R N & M Lawton Partnership, Aldbourne, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 2JZ for you to see and try the machines yourself.
Many thanks to Lister Wilder and their team on the ground for their hospitality and for the opportunity to see these machines.
All views are my own and I was not asked or paid to write this post, for more details please see the Machine Mad disclaimer.