Massey Ferguson is introducing a new range of 50hp to 85hp tractors for select African and Middle East agricultural markets
The 50hp MF 345 two-wheel-drive (2WD), 75hp MF 375 (2WD) and 85hp MF 385 (2WD and 4WD) are set to be released early next year, while the longer wheelbase 50hp MF 350 (2WD), 60hp MF 355 (2WD) and 60hp MF 360 (2WD) will follow later in the year.
A choice of six Massey Ferguson matched implements, covering cultivation, planting and transport, will be available for the MF 300 Series. These include a 1.6m-width disc harrow, 0.5m-width fixed-disc plough, 2-tine subsoiler, 2-row planter, 3-tonne trailer and transport box.
Fuel-efficient power comes from Perkins 3-cylinder AD 3.152 and 4-cylinder AD 4.41 diesel engines. The well-proven mechanical transmission offers four gears in two ranges to provide eight forward and two reverse speeds.
Powerful hydraulics are based on the renowned Ferguson hydraulic ‘Scotch Yoke’ pump delivering full draft, position and response control. Fingertip hydraulic operation of implements above or below ground is by means of the familiar quadrant control. Lift capacities at the rear linkage range from 1,415-2,145 kg. A dual-stage clutch ensures efficient drive- and PTO- engagement, while the oil-immersed multi-disc brakes allow safe and secure stopping. For reduced driver fatigue, the MF 350, MF 360, MF 375 and MF 385 models are fitted with power steering.
The MF 300 Series tractors boast a spacious operator’s environment equipped with a spring-suspension deluxe seat. All controls are well laid out and fall neatly to hand. Depending on the model, the tractors are available in footstep or semi-platform configuration.
In addition to the tractor, a range of implements will be unveiled soon, said the company. However, depending on the market demands, the implement range will be planned accordingly.
The tractors can work on arable, livestock and horticulture sectors. The MF 300 series tractors are equipped to meet the challenges in the Africa and Middle East markets, said Massey Ferguson vice-president for marketing in Europe, Africa and Middle East Thierry Lhotte.
According to AGCO, parent company of Massey Ferguson, the move will further strengthen its product offering in the lower horsepower tractor sector in these territories and offer a broader choice to farmers looking for a rugged and reliable multi-purpose machine. This series includes entry-level tractors that will mostly have a strong appeal as the main power source for smallholder farmers or local community groups looking to upgrade their agricultural operations.
The models could also be a valuable addition to a machinery fleet on larger farms or estates requiring a cost-effective workhorse, explained officials.