AGCO has introduced the Fendt 500 Vario Gen3 Series mid-range tractors, which will now include the FendtONE cab and operator station. The Fendt 500 Vario Gen3 Series of highly adaptable, powerful and productive tractors is available in four models, with engine horsepower ranging from 124 to 163 (107-137 PTO). Fendt says these tractors are the perfect size for completing chores on livestock and dairy operations, as well as haying, mowing and light field work.
The innovative FendtONE cab provides a streamlined and efficient work environment, allowing users to customize operation of the tractor and implements based on their preferences and the work that needs to be done.
Fendt says its FendtONE cab features up to three large, easy-to-read display screens that show all tractor functions and can store settings for jobs the operator uses most. From the FendtONE cab, operators can customize their tractors to easily move between jobs. For example, they can adapt loader functions to make quick work of moving and stacking big bales and cleaning livestock pens, or they can switch the tractor from mowing to raking to baling – with implement settings already customized and saved in the tractor for each of those jobs, the company says.
The nearly limitless customization of the Fendt 500 Gen3 Series tractor can be accomplished with the 12-in., LED touchscreen display that connects the operator to all the tractor functions. The touchscreen is mounted on the right-hand FendtONE armrest.
The controls for the tractor, hitch and implements are now centrally located at the operator’s fingertips. The ergonomically designed armrest includes color-coded control buttons, a multi-function joystick, 3L joystick and pushdial controller, all within close reach for greater operator safety and control of the tractor and implements.
The multifunction joystick controls tractor speed and direction, hydraulic valve operation, powertrain functions, TI Headland and ISOBUS functions. It also includes freely assignable buttons that can be programmed based on the job. The 3L joystick controls front loader operations, hydraulic controls and ISOBUS controls, the company says.
The Fendt 500 Vario Gen3 Series is ideal for livestock producers who need tractors that are versatile and easy to operate. The company says the tractors are ideal for loader work, haymaking, hauling and towing. And the added live, third-function loader operation, controlled by the 3L joystick, gives customers the ability to use up to three functions at the same time with their Fendt Cargo or CargoProfi front loader, making these tractors even more useful around the entire farming operation.
Working in tandem with the Fendt 500 Vario tractors, the Fendt CargoProfi Loader offers the latest in smart technology features. The company says it includes intelligent built-ins like the memo function, which saves the position settings for loader arms and attachments, as well as the measure-and-tilting sensor systems, which make repetitive jobs easier to complete. Two pressure sensors in the crossbeam measure and track loader weight. The CargoProfi also has a shaking function to empty the bucket completely.
Also continuing the Fendt tradition of offering more horsepower in smaller packages, the Fendt 500 Vario Gen3 Series transitions easily from front loader work on the farm to field work. The four models in the 500 Vario Series ‒ 512 (124 HP), 513 (133 HP), 514 (150 HP) and 516 (163 HP) ‒ provide an ideal power range for chores around livestock or dairy operations and mid-size grain farms.
The Fendt 500 Vario’s powerful 4-cylinder DEUTZ engine with a 4.04-liter cubic capacity and common rail injection ensures efficient fuel consumption. A selective catalytic reduction (SCR) exhaust after-treatment follows combustion to ensure the tractor meets the latest emission standards. Working seamlessly with the engine is the stepless Fendt Vario continuously variable transmission (CVT), which was pioneered by Fendt. The Vario transmission delivers smooth, precise road speed up to 31 mph (50 kph) so operators can precisely match the speed required to complete the task at hand, the company says.
The Tractor Management System (TMS) helps keep the tractor operating at peak performance by adjusting the engine and transmission, so they work together at an optimum tractor RPM. Less fuel is required because the engine is running at lower RPMs, causing less wear on the engine, and prolonging its life.
Owners who wish to customize their tractors have a choice of two trim packages — the base-level Profi or the Profi+ with guidance. Fendt says the Profi+ package includes Fendt Connect, a telemetry package that links the machine to a home office, smart phone, or tablet via a mobile network. It also includes the guidance-ready Fendt Guide package, and Fendt TaskDoc, which automates crop production documentation.