When we got behind the wheel of the flagship 942 model at the AGCO facility in Jackson, Minnesota, we ran it down a rural road at 50 km/h. That was a bit of a new experience, at least for someone who has never roaded a tractor at that speed before.
Optional cab suspension along with the suspended front axle made travel at that speed much more comfortable than expected. The tractor handled that road speed very easily, and it still felt stable and under control driving it that fast.
“We have a double-wishbone front axle suspension,” said Sunderman. “We get approximately eight inches of travel in this suspension, allowing the front axle to remain in a more parallel movement to the hood. This allows us to keep the widest, flattest part of the tire pinned to the ground for better soil contact giving us better pulling performance, reducing ground compaction by spreading that (weight) over a wider area. And it also allows us to reduce the tire wear, because we don’t put all the weight on individual parts of the tire.
“We have our comfort ballast system, which allows us to use the hydraulics of the front axle to raise and lower the front of the vehicle.”
Integrated into the front of the hood is a camera, which displays on the 10.4 inch Vario Terminal. It makes close-quarters work a little safer and easier.
“This really has a benefit when you’re connecting front weights or front implements, he added. “And it also provides a much easier way to maneuver through tight spaces.”
The monitor also provides an interface for all other tractor functions, and it gives owners a level of display customization. Overall, the pages are intuitive and easy to navigate.
The updated cab offers more glass area and fewer view obstructions. Even the windshield wiper, which clears a 300-degree arc, is hidden out of view behind the engine cowling when not in use. Getting in and out is comfortable with the sloped steps that have been a feature on all Fendts for years now.
It’s details like this that Fendt prides itself on, to give its tractors a premium appeal.
The VarioGrip tire inflation system allows for tire pressure changes from the cab through the Vario Terminal. With the standard tire configuration, it’s capable of around nine PSI (inflation) in seven minutes. With a base weight of around 25,000 pounds, the flagship model 942 can be ballasted up to 42,000, allowing it to be ideally set up for a wide range of functions.
The 900 Series tractors handle as smoothly as you’d expect, with all controls falling easily to hand. And while we didn’t get a chance to put a load behind it, running it at the test facility and on the road showed that it was every bit as comfortable to operate as we were led to believe.