Agricultural contractor Grant Kinsman sticks with what he knows and likes.
Each year the society chooses 50 products deemed to be the most outstanding innovations in engineering and technology in agriculture.
Of the innovations chosen, tractors feature highly, with the latest sixth-generation Fendt 700 picked out for its redesigned operator station, featuring the FendtOne interface.
A 30cm primary screen mounted on the operator armrest can be further optioned with another 30cm drop down screen fitted into the roof lining, or a 25cm digital dashboard on the steering column. Both 30cm displays work in unison, offering up to 12 panes of information for the operator across two screens. The Fendt 700 series is available in six models from 144 to 237hp.
The latest Fendt 1100 Vario MT Series is a tracked machine featuring the Fendt iD powertrain, debuted on the 1000 series, using a high torque-low engine speed concept through the VarioDrive continuously variable transmission. All machine functions including CVT, PTO, cooling and hydraulic functions are optimised to work within engine speeds of 1100-1500rpm, said to result in low fuel consumption, reduced engine and component wear and quiet operation.
Designed to reduce operator workload and improve in-field precision, the Fendt Teach-In Headland Turn Assistant, as the name suggests, delivers hands-free turns at the headland for the tractor and implement. Offering a traditional U-turn mode, the unit can also perform a Part-Field Function that allows bouts to be “skipped”, as an example, during deep ripping or cultivation.