New 5600 Series tractors from MF replace the previous 5400s but keep the sloped hood design for impressive forward visibility
The new 5600 is new basically from the ground up,” says Randy Peterson, product marketing manager for 5600 Series Massey Ferguson tractors. “It’s overtaken the 5400. If you look at the hood, visibility is fantastic. You put a loader on that and it’s going to have the best visibility, best ride and best drive in the industry. When you sit in the cab you can see all the way down to the loader bucket.”
When he said that, Peterson and I were standing in front of a polished-up 5609 on the show floor at Ag Connect Expo in Kansas City last January. The 5609 is one of two new tractors that make up Massey Ferguson’s all-new 5600 Series. The tractor was getting a lot of attention from show goers, and it was the first time the company had shown a 5600 Series model to the public.
The 5609 and 5610
The 5609 and 5610, with engine horsepower ratings of 90 and 100 respectively (70 and 75 at the PTO), are the first of the new series, which will soon replace the existing 5400 line. The new tractors will keep the sloping hood design that debuted on the 5400s, that key feature improves their desirability as loader tractors.
The 5610 is just an uprated version of the 5609, so they share the same chassis and most of the same features. They both get power from a three-cylinder, 3.3 litre, AWI HD AGCO Power turbocharged and intercooled, common rail diesel engine. “Everything in that engine is balanced to the nearest gram,” notes Peterson.
And it’s connected to a 16F/16R Dyna-4 semi-powershift transmission that offers a host of new high-end features. Powershifting is possible between the four gears in each of the four ranges. The Dyna-4 also has an electro-hydraulic shuttle. As an option, the shuttle control can be built into the right-hand loader joystick for even more convenience.
The 40 kilometre-per-hour Dyna-4 gearbox has been redesigned for the 5600 and now includes AUTO-N. That feature allows the operator to stop the tractor by simply pushing on both brake pedals, causing the transmission to slip into neutral automatically. So clutching to stop becomes unnecessary. The transmission can also be upgraded with the addition of AUTO-DRIVE, an autoshifting feature that makes it perform similarly to an automatic transmission in a car. Including AUTO-DRIVE adds a relatively modest US$250 to the tractors’ purchase price.
In the hydraulic department, the 5600 Series tractors get two pumps. One delivers a standard flow rate of 41.8 lires per minute (11 gallons) to the rear three-point linkage, and the other puts a maximum of 57 LPM (15 GPM) at the SCVs. But an optional Twin Flow system combines the flow from both and channels it to the SCVs, boosting the rate up to a much better 98.8 LPM (26 GPM). Adding Twin Flow to a tractor’s spec sheet at the dealership will tag another U.S.$931 onto the purchase price.
The 5600s also get a bigger cab than the 5400s. Inside a new, spacious six-post version with the same square footage as cabs on the 7600 Series tractors is where the operator gets to spend his or her day. Another feature brought down from the larger models is the forward dash. The one in the 5600 is modelled after the forward control array in the biggest Masseys, the 8600s. Its narrow profile helps keep forward visibility to a maximum. The Visio roof option offers more glass space up high, so operators can see the bucket when the loader is at its maximum height.
Both 5600s get a standard 540 and 540 economy PTO. The economy setting maintains PTO shaft speed at lower engine revs, and the larger 5610 also gets a 1,000 PRM shaft. Fuel tank capacity is 160 litres (42 gallons), which should be ample to keep the tractor going for a full day at high revs.
Chassis weight on an MFWD model is 3,800 kilograms (8,378 pounds) and three-point hitch lift capacity is 3,220 kilograms (7,100 pounds).
Base price for an MFWD 5609 “Classic Edition” is U.S.$72,485. Tack another U.S.$2,840 onto that to move up to the more powerful 5610. †