They’ve been five years in the making and cost millions of dollars to develop. I am not talking about the latest in hybrid automobile technology I am talking about Massey Ferguson’s new 1600 series compact tractors. Intended to replace Massey Ferguson’s venerable 1500 series machines, The 1600-series tractors aren’t just a cosmetic upgrade. “Every nut, every bolt, every nuance of this new generation compact is the result of one pivotal factor — our relentless dedication to understanding what our customers want,” says Steve Barcuch, Product Marketing Manager for compact tractors.
The new 1600 series includes six models from 35 to 60 gross engine horsepower, all feature steel and cast iron construction, 4-wheel drive, a choice of four transmissions, plus rear and mid PTOs. With sleek new styling and 22 different configurations, all with a factory-installed cab option, the 1600 Series meets the most discriminating personal taste and has the ability to handle any virtually job.
1600 series compact tractors are powered with efficient Iseki 3- or 4-cylinder liquid-cooled diesel engines that easily meet Tier IV interim emission standards. Four transmission choices include the 8 x 8 SynchroShuttle, the 12 x 12 SynchroShuttle, 12 x 12 DynaQPS™ and a three-range hydrostatic transmission to match the operator’s needs for economy, durability, power and agility. Heavy-duty cast-iron housings and oil-encased bevel gears mean smoother operation and longer life. These tractors are the real deal.
Operator amenities specific to the 1600 series tractors include form-hugging, standard deluxe spring-suspension seat; standard armrests; and a platform which rests on rubber isolation mounts to minimize vibration. A molded rubber floor mat covers the entire platform and provides additional cushioning. Redesigned, right-hand fender-mounted implement controls are located to reduce operator back and arm fatigue and the wide-open platform makes getting on and off the tractor a breeze.
To learn more about the specific 1600 series models, visit your local Massey Ferguson dealer or simply click here.
I haven’t yet operated one of the 1600 series tractors, but I plan to this summer.
Hank Will raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper's Farmer magazines. Connect with him on Google+.