New look tractor
The Challenger MT700 track tractor gets a new look, but it's more than a pretty face. Engine power is an Agco Power 9.8-liter diesel. Note the cartridge weight at the front, this new machine, with its redesigned track geometry, needs less front weight to achieve the same performance.
More power, lower engine speed
The MT700 uses the AccuEngineering platform with the redesigned MobilTrac System, and has integrated Fuse Technologies for more intelligent farming. This tractor series - there are three models - has the same high-torque, low-speed power approach found in the Challenger 1000.
Keeping it smooth
The redesigned track, combined with a suspended cab creates a three-pronged approach to a better ride in the field, and over-the-road. The more forward- geometry of the front bar (which is linked to the frame with two spring pairs) provides improved handling. Note the gimbal design of the mid-wheels of the track, instead of an air bag for ride, this multi-link approach improves the ride.
Like big brother
The Challenger 1000 - at the rear - is the new design hallmark for Challenger tractors. The MT700 series is the next, chances are most of those Challenger machines will take on a similar look in the future.
Rethinking the sprayer
The new RoGator C series machines have a wide range of features including a new innovative drive system that uses a single hydrostat to power all four wheels. With that system, the electronics can help make sure the machine keeps moving even if one wheel slips. It's an industry first.
Closed system, open performance
The Liquid Logic system in the new RoGator C series is a closed loop system. The material is recirculated, held at near constant pressure and provides improved performance in a number of areas. From priming the boom without the need to spray product until ready, to full recovery of material in the boom, it's a unique approach.
New boom design
Perhaps the most obvious sign this sprayer is different is at the boom end. Note the return hose for material, the boom is no longer a "dead end" for the sprayer. This way material can keep moving, which also helps avoid clogs in the nozzles. And this system provides easier cleanout at the end of the day.
Boom up, boom down
When an operator returns to the farm yard, or dealership, at the end of a spraying day, they can run a recovery routine on the sprayer and bring everything that's in the boom back into the tank. The process, which includes raising and lowering the boom, is clearly spelled out in the operator's terminal in the cab.
This screen, though difficult to see, shows the operator how many acres of material left in the tank based on application speed. This is a zoomed image from a full-featured screen that offers the user a lot of information on-the-go.
Operators getting into Agco equipment will start seeing a familiar look. At the top is the new MT700 cab with its color-coded controls; the middle image is the Challenger 1000 cab; and finally the sprayer cab in the RoGator C series. While there are some functional differences as required by the tractor's design, the platform, monitor and controls are now commonly placed.
The new Sunflower SF6830 series of seedbed finishers includes two narrow transport models. Both are designed to provide a clean finish so you can have the seedbed required for higher-speed planting.
The Rotary Spider Tine is a patented Agco tool for breaking up clods and rootballs, and uprooting weeds as the finisher moves through the field.
Don't call it Google Glass
During a visit to Agco's Jackson facility, there was an update on the use of Glass from Google. Todd Wade, working on the plant floor, has access to key instructions, quality checks and other needed information through Glass whenever he needs it. This boost in-plant productivity, and also enhances finished product quality. Agco is the first U.S. manufacturer to deploy Glass in this fashion (and not just the first ag manufacturer). Learn more about Glass and its use.
Aug 14, 2018
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