The latest tech is being utilised on Canterbury-based Turley Farms.
The upgrades are said to provide more reliability, more accessibility during service and more dedicated storage space.
Looking at some of the key features of the latest MF 8700S, the hydraulic system on the upgraded models delivers a rear linkage lift capacity of 12,000 kg, separate lines for transmission and auxiliary oil – which lowers the risk of contamination – and decompression levers make it easier to attach implements.
A four-pillar cab, with active cab suspension, delivers superb 360° visibility, while a new Datatronic 5 touchscreen terminal allows tractor, guidance, ISOBUS and camera functions via an ergonomic Multipad controller – making for easy operation.
Sixteen LED work lights produce 34,000 lumens and turn night into day, enhancing output and operational safety.
The curved chassis allows a tight 11.5m turning circle. The curved chassis and low hood improves visibility around the front axle and front linkage areas.
The MF 8700S has a long 3.1m wheelbase that provides excellent stability and traction. The tractor can be loaded up to 16.5 tonne using factory weights for optimum weight distribution.
Other key features include redesigned fuel tanks with a capacity of 660 litres, mounted on the nearside of the tractor, incorporating access steps and grab handles. For added safety, the non-slip tank top provides easy access so the operator can clean the windscreen or remove the GPS antenna, as well as incorporating a removable toolbox.
Meanwhile, Australia and New Zealand’s most popular tractor from the MF stable – the 7614 – now comes standard with a Dyna-6 transmission. The 24-speed Dyna-6 transmission offers more power shifts to deliver better traction across a wide range of speeds.
This machine can achieve 40 km/hr at only 1550 engine revs, which offers meaningful fuel savings in transport operations. For those seeking even higher performance, the 7614 can be specified with a 50 km/h front suspension, alongside high- pressure hydraulic brakes for improve braking at higher road speeds.
Meanwhile, a new heavy-duty rear linkage lifts 8300 kg, to handle heavy implements with ease with precise track settings, achieved using a heavy duty 10-stud bar axle. This fitment means the 7614 offers the same axle and tyre options as its 7615 and 7715 stablemates.