Say goodbye to White and Allis tractors. AGCO Corporation, which bought out the two popular tractor lines several years ago, is retiring both brands to make room for a new fleet of bright-orange AGCO machines.

Randy Hoffman, AGCO vice president of North American marketing, says the brand and color changes were contentious issues with some dealers. Now most realize that consolidating the two brands won't limit customer choices. “Dealers hate change, but they love new technology,” Hoffman says. “It's come to the point where White and Allis machines are basically the same except for engine and color. By consolidating the brands, we merely eliminate duplication. Cutting our product inventory in half allows AGCO and our dealers to focus on bringing new technology, bulletproof reliability and service to our customers.”

Deals for customers

When the new AGCO tractors roll out this fall, the company plans to offer the best trade-in and financing deals to current White and Allis customers, Hoffman says. “There will be no ‘Operation Orange Sweep’ or any other bounty programs to go after competitors,” he states. “We've watched the bounty strategy backfire on some of our competitors in recent years and it tells us that it's important to take care of our loyal customers first. The last thing we want to do is alienate the farmers who already trust us with their business. Of course we will be working to get new customers into AGCO tractors too. Deals aimed at winning new customers will come after we take care of current White and Allis owners.”

The machines

Dennis Heinecke, general marketing manager for AGCO tractors, points out that the orange product line now includes a wide range of tractors with horsepower varying from 25 to 225. Whether it's a smaller LT, a mid-sized RT or a high-horsepower DT model, the number in each tractor's name refers to the machine's horsepower rating. The DT225, for instance, is a 225 PTO hp tractor.

Like their White contemporaries, all new AGCO-brand tractors will be equipped with Cummins diesel engines. “The newest offerings include the LT series, with 70- and 85-hp models; the RT series includes four models from 95 to 145 hp; and the DT series offers four models ranging from 160 to 225 hp,” Heinecke says.

Matt Rushing, sales engineer for AGCO tractors, says all DT models plus the RT130 and RT145 come standard with an 18 forward/6 reverse, dual-control powershift transmission. The RT95 and RT115, meanwhile, feature a new Auto QuadraShift transmission with a PowerControl shuttle. The eight-speed gearbox and four-speed powershift permit four clutchless speed changes in each gear. That makes for 32 forward and 32 reverse speeds in approximately 1.2-mph increments.

Rushing says the QuadraShift “speed matching” capabilities allow the tractor to automatically select the most appropriate ratio or speed when changing gears or ranges. “For example, if you're operating in first gear/powershift speed D and shift to second gear, the transmission automatically reduces to powershift speed A instead of staying in D, maintaining speed without losing power,” Rushing explains. “In the meantime, the auto-drive feature automatically changes QuadraShift speeds as working conditions change, much like an automatic transmission in a car.” Depending on whether the rocker switch is set in “power mode” or “eco mode,” the transmission automatically shifts when the engine reaches approximately 2,100 or 1,700 rpm and downshifts at approximately 1,200 rpm.

The LT70 and LT85 are equipped with a 24 forward/24 reverse PowerShuttle transmission, including a feature that lets the operator adjust the response rate of clutchless shuttling. “The shuttle function can be controlled with a lever on the left of the steering column and can be performed on the go without pressing the clutch pedal,” Rushing says.

He points out that powershift RT and DT models let the driver shift with either the left or right hand, with steering column and shifting control built into the right armrest. “That leaves the right hand free to operate loader or 3-pt. hitch controls,” he says.

For the DT200 and DT225, lift capacity on the 3-pt. hitch is a mighty 19,000 lbs. at 24 in. “This comes standard on our tractors,” Rushing says. “Even if you chose Deere's or Case IH's optional systems, we'd still have their lift capacity beat by 16 and 11%.”

The new AGCO tractors feature a number of standard electronic features built in. All models can be equipped with AGCO's Fieldstar system, which allows the flexibility to use one control interface for harvesting, planting and spraying.

For more information, contact AGCO Corp., 4205 River Green Pkwy., Duluth, GA 30096, 800/767-3221, www.agcocorp.com.

AGCO tractor lineup

Model PTO hp Engine Axle Standard
transmission
LT70 70 Cummins B3.9T (239 cu. in.) Turbo 2-wd or PFA 24F/24R PowerShuttle
LT85 85 Cummins B3.9T (239 cu. in.) Turbo 2-wd or PFA 24F/24R PowerShuttle
LT95 95 Cummins B5.9T (359 cu. in.) Turbo 2-wd or PFA 32F/32R Auto QuadraShift
RT115 115 Cummins B5.9T (359 cu. in.) Turbo 2-wd or PFA 32F/32R Auto QuadraShift
RT130 130 Cummins B5.9T (359 cu. in.) Turbo 2-wd or PFA 18F/6R Dual Control Powershift
RT145 145 Cummins B5.9T (359 cu. in.) Turbo 2-wd or PFA 18F/6R Dual Control Powershift
DT160 160 Cummins C8.3 (505 cu. in.) Turbo PFA only 18F/6R Dual Control Powershift
DT180 180 Cummins C8.3 (505 cu. in.) Turbo and Aftercooled PFA only 18F/6R Dual Control Powershift
DT200 200 Cummins C8.3 (505 cu. in.) Turbo and Aftercooled PFA only 18F/6R Dual Control Powershift
DT220 200 Cummins C8.3 (505 cu. in.) Turbo and Aftercooled PFA only 18F/6R Dual Control Powershift