The likelihood of electric or hybrid powered farm tractors still appears a long way off.
Fendt had desired to be a ‘long-liner’, and the cargo designation had already been ‘pinned’ to the company’s frontloaders. Now a T-designation marks the arrival of its first telehandler.
Built in a co-operation with the German builder Sennebogen Machinefabrik – known for its port cranes and HD telescopic handlers – Fendt’s Cargo T955 has a maximum load capacity of 5.5 tonnes with a lift height of up to 8.5m.
Its standout feature is a unique lifting cabin that also has vibration damping.
It has the key advantages of a conventional telehandler – reach, overall lift height, low body height and high manoeuvrability.
And its cabin can rise in tandem with the telescopic arm to a maximum height of 4.25m, giving an exceptional view of the job at hand. It has no dashboard to obstruct the lower part of the front screen, so there’s floor to ceiling visibility -- particularly useful when placing loads at high levels or filling high-sided trailers or truck bodies.
Fendt says that even raising the cabin by 20 to 30 cms from its normal ‘parked’ position gives visibility only normally achieved by heavy duty, wheeled loading shovels.
It weighs a hefty 11.8 tonnes, is powered by a 4-cylinder 165hp engine, has a 200L/min hydraulic system, 40km/h road speed and 2.4 tonnes lift capacity at maximum reach.
Rural News has yet to learn on whether the Cargo T955 will be available on the New Zealand market.