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2002 Tractor News

John Deere 5003 series tractors designed with economy in mind

Looking for an economical work and loader tractor versatile enough for barnyard or commercial site applications? John Deere introduces the new 5103, 5203, and 5303 tractors (44-, 53-, and 64- engine horsepower respectively) that are built tough, but priced with value in mind.


McCormick's New Power6 Tractors
A new six-cylinder engine with electronic fuel management providing an excellent blend of performance and economy is at the heart of two additions to the McCormick MC range of tractors. The Power6 models provide a high power-to-weight ratio in a relatively compact package, making them suitable for a wide range of applications on livestock and arable farms.

Mahindra USA rolls out C27, C35 and 5500 4WD tractors
Mahindra USA, Inc. announces three new models, one in the Mahindra 00 series, the 5500 4WD, and two new compact models, the C27 and C35.

Valtra A series tractors
The answer for those seeking multi-purpose power and manoeuvrability Keen to develop tractors in line with their requirements, Valtra always works closely with farming and other customers. The new A series is the result of this liaison, and incorporates a number of features designed to increase production and decrease fatigue.

New T series large tractors from Valtra
Versatility, Efficiency, Economy The T Series, entering serial production in the autumn of 2002, is a splendid combination of cutting-edge technology, valuable customer benefits and safe, versatile Valtra technology. The T Series features seven extremely versatile six-cylinder machines of between 120 and 209 horsepower.

Valtra expands Suolahti tractor assembly plant
Partek's tractor business, Valtra, will expand its assembly plant in Suolahti, Finland during 2002 and 2003. The expansion is motivated by the continuously growing international demand for Valtra tractors. The size and the versatility of the tractors is increasing and this also influenced the investment decision.

Economical 6015 tractors introduced by John Deere
Looking for a versatile, economical tractor that delivers excellent performance and provides comfort and efficiency for the operator? John Deere's new 6015 Series Tractors may be the ideal solution for your operation.

New 7020 series tractors with John Deere infinitely variable transmission (IVT)
New technology, more productivity, and greater value to the customer are the hallmarks of the new 7020 tractors introduced by John Deere. The new 7020 Tractor Series features four models, the 7220 to 7520, with range from 95 to 125 PTO horsepower.

Tractor Model Engine Displacement PTO-hp
72206.8L (414 cu. in.)95
73206.8L (414 cu. in.)105
74206.8L (414 cu. in.)115
75206.8L (414 cu. in.)125

These tractors are available in the following configurations:

John Deere Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT)
There are times when operating in the field, that it is almost impossible to find just the right gear to optimize the productivity of a tractor. Different field conditions dictate shifting up or down, and still the optimal gear is difficult to find. No matter how many gears are available, the operator could still use another gear to fine tune field speed and performance.

Massey Ferguson 8280 tractor shatters world plowing record
The Massey Ferguson 8280 plowed through the world plowing record by plowing under 620.899 acres (251.376 ha) of French fields in only 24 hours. At 23.056 acres per hour, the 387 hp MF 8280 outdid the previous record holder, a 425hp Case IH Quadrac by nearly 4 acres per hour. The 8280 with its 17 bottoms plowed at 27.35 cm depth (about 10.5 inches) compared to 27 cm depth of the previous winner.

"Our 8280 plowed faster and even a little deeper than the previous record holder and did so with fewer horsepower," says Réne Boivin, General Marketing Manager, Massey Ferguson 8200 Series. "Much of the credit for the record-breaking run goes to an outstanding engine and transmission. The key to success was the integrated control system that made it possible for the operator to utilize every available horsepower to its maximum potential. That is as true in a corn field in Iowa or a wheat field in Alberta as it is in a world plowing contest in France."

The record-breaking effort was made on a 1760-acre (800 ha) vegetable farm near the village of Sanguinet, Bordeau in southwest France and monitored by official judges from the Guinness Book of Records. Plowing started at 1:00 pm on Tuesday March 26th and ended at 1 pm on Wednesday, March 27th.

The MF 8280 was equipped Gregoire Besson plows, a front mounted four-furrow unit and a 13-furrow semi-mounted unit on the rear. In preliminary tests, the 17-furrow plow combination tilled a width of 27.9 ft. (8.5m.).

The dark sandy loam soil had been planted to carrots the previous year. After harvest, a single pass with a field cultivator had repaired the deep ruts left by the harvest process. To eliminate headland turns fields were plowed in a spiral from the outside in. Even refueling was completed on the go. The only time the plows weren't in the ground and moving was when shifting from one field to the next.

The record breaking MF 8280 ran with a standard 18/6 Powershift transmission, completely unchanged for the event. Injection timing on the turbocharged SISU engine was fine tuned for the extreme 24-hour challenge. Remote sensors allowed constant monitoring of the engine, including oil and coolant temperatures. The roof mounted air filter was also modified for the extremely dusty conditions after blockages were noted in test runs.

Electronic linkage control (ELC) provided precise yet flexible control of front and rear plows to match operating conditions perfectly. The standard rear linkage control was coupled to the Front Dual Control System (optional on all MF 8200 tractors) to provide exact depth control of the front and rear units. The ELC integrated with the onboard Datatronic II monitored for and adjusted wheel slip throughout the event to ensure maximum traction, efficient fuel use and greatest overall performance.

Traction was also enhanced by Michelin new generation MACH X BIB 650-85R38 rear tires and 600-7R28 front tires. BP (British Petroleum) provided fuel and oil for the engine and rear axle. On-the-go refueling took place at regular 52.8 gallon (200 liter) intervals to maintain constant ballast. Gérard Briez, a test engineer from the Beauvais factory where the 8280 is built, was the driver, supported by an 18-member team of technicians and engineers. The investment in equipment and manpower was extensive, but so was the return.

"This was more than just a plowing contest," explains Eric Raby, vice president, sales/North America. "The success of the MF 8280 demonstrated Massey Ferguson power, performance and reliability. More importantly, it tested every aspect of tractor, plow, tires, oil and fuel under extreme, but controlled conditions. We took advantage of the opportunity to gather a wide range of performance data for ongoing research and development. That is where this contest will pay dividends for all our customers now and in the future."

  • New CaseIH JX Maxxima series utility tractors
  • New CaseIH JXU Maxxima utility tractors
  • New CaseIH MXM Maxxum mid-range row-crop tractors
  • CaseIH adds models to the MX Magnum tractor line
  • CaseIH launches new tractor lines
  • John Deere 4000 TEN series recognized with top industry award
  • Massey Ferguson introduces bigger, stronger 400 series tractors
  • Mahindra USA rolls out 6000 and 5500 tractor
  • Massey Ferguson introduced MF 3300 series specialty tractors for specialty crops
  • New Massey Ferguson 4300 series tractor meet the need and budget
  • Get value plus with new 4WD MF1433V and MF1440V
  • Mannheim tractor factory celebrates production milestone
  • CaseIH STX tractors set three Nebraska test records
  • CaseIH STX425 and STX450 Steiger tractors win finOvation Award, sponsored by Farm Industry News

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