DULUTH, GEORGIA — Americans truly have a love affair with their land. Today, homeowners are taking pride in caring for their lawn and landscaping; and with affordable tools, more people are doing it themselves. A 2007 National Gardening Association survey showed that someone in 55 million American households does the lawn care, and in 31 million households, a household member installed the landscaping. And, buying trends show consumers spent more than $35 billion on lawn and garden products last year.
“I think we are going to see even more growth in these two segments in the next few years,” says Bruce Butterfield, research director for the National Gardening Association, www.Garden.org. “The tightening economy will cause a shift from homeowners hiring lawn and landscaping services to doing the work themselves.”
For the do-it-yourself outdoor enthusiast, yard and landscaping improvements and general maintenance can be daunting tasks. Using the right tools makes a difference in how enjoyable and easy the work can be. In fact, a subcompact tractor is one of the most versatile and agile tools a landowner can purchase. Whether it’s general lawn care, moving mulch, brick or rocks, clearing debris or brush, or building a retaining wall, Massey Ferguson®’s new line of subcompact tractors brings working outdoors to a whole new level in all-around function, comfort, style, convenience and versatility.
With more than 160 years of experience in tractor innovations for professional farmers to weekend warriors, Massey Ferguson has created a line of subcompact tractors that look, respond and work like traditional full-size tractors while still offering the consumer the agility and affordability of a subcompact tractor. Using the range of versatile attachments – mower, rotary broom, loader, backhoe or snow blower – you can accomplish numerous outdoor with the new subcompact 22.5 hp GC2400 and GC2410 and the 25 hp GC2600 and GC2610 models.
“We know our customers are serious about the work they are doing, including digging ponds, heavy lifting, blowing and sweeping snow, or getting into tight spaces on a job site,” says Chris Box, marketing specialist, Compact & Commercial Equipment for Massey Ferguson. “It’s why we’ve made them even better with new styling and a more user friendly design. The right features make the work easier and more enjoyable.”
The new styling includes an even wider operator platform for added leg room and logically placed controls in addition to its current luxury seat. The brake pedal placement on the left side frees up space for the side-by-side hydrostatic pedals. And, the dash has been reconfigured to offer more and easier to read, illuminated analog functions for tachometer, fuel and engine coolant gauge.
“While other subcompacts look and perform like bigger versions of garden tractors, the GC Series tractors are simply smaller versions of a big tractor. There is a difference, and with these new models, we have made the difference even greater,” Box says.
Life is stressful enough, but time spent working on the land shouldn’t be.
For more information on Massey Ferguson visit www.MasseyFerguson.com.
Founded in 1990, AGCO Corp., www.AgcoCorp.com, is a global manufacturer of agricultural equipment and related replacement parts. AGCO offers a full product line including tractors, combines, hay tools, sprayers, forage, tillage equipment and implements, which are distributed through more than 3,000 independent dealers and distributors in more than 140 countries worldwide. AGCO products include the following well-known brands: AGCO®, Challenger®, Fendt®, Gleaner®, Hesston®, Massey Ferguson®, RoGator®, Spra-Coupe®, Sunflower®, TerraGator®, Valtra®, and White™ Planters. AGCO provides retail financing through AGCO Finance. The company is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, and in 2007 had net sales of $6.8 billion.