Massey Ferguson, a brand of Agco, today announced the unveiling of its new 7700 Series mid-frame tractors, a more powerful and enhanced replacement for the 7600 Series launched in 2011.  This five-model series, ranging from 185 to 255 max engine HP, made its debut in Europe. They will have their first showing here in the U.S. at the Farm Progress Show being held next week.

In a news release issued this morning, Conor Bergin, product marketing manager for AGCO high-horsepower tractors, said, "These multipurpose tractors match rugged iron with plenty of performance-boosting features. Farmers looking for an adaptable tractor built for long workdays will find just what they need in the 7700 Series. They're nimble enough for easy loader work, powerful enough to handle a large square baler, and they have the hydraulic capacity to run a 16-row planter."

The 7700 Series features Agco Power 6.6- and 7.4-liter diesel engines, two hydraulic options, a redesigned front-axle suspension, increased hydraulic performance, and easy-to-use guidance technology.

Here are some additional specs on each of those features,

Increased horsepower:

Tier 4 Final, six-cylinder Agco Power 6.6- and 7.4-liter diesel engines power these tractors. Turbochargers with new electronic wastegates anticipate power needs to provide quick engine response and high torque at all RPMs. The Engine Power Management (EPM) system delivers a power boost of up to 25 HP in demanding PTO, hydraulic and transport applications.

Additional enhancements include a new engine control unit (ECU) for precise operations, a new throttle valve for faster warm-ups, and a higher-pressure fuel injection system that delivers cleaner combustion, together eliminating the need for a diesel particulate filter. The new Cyclair cooling package enhances cooling efficiency without increasing system size.

"Farmers will appreciate the compact design of the Cyclair package because it pairs a high-capacity cooling system and air conditioner condenser with a sleek hood and grill for maximum engine airflow, uncompromised sight lines and a cool, comfortable ride," Bergin notes in the release. "This is great for farmers working long days in the field."

Transmission options and hydraulic upgrades

The 7700 Series can be customized to meet the needs of different farm operation sizes, with a choice of two transmission packages: the Dyna-6 Partial Powershift or the Dyna-VT CVT transmission. Both systems boost efficiency and operation ease with features such as Dynamic Tractor Management (DTM) and programmable cruise speeds.

The Dyna-6 Partial Powershift transmission is available with 29- or 39-GPM hydraulic pump, providing six powershift gears within four push-button main ranges. A wide range of speeds provides optimal performance and fuel economy, while speed-matching and AutoDrive allow clutchless control for gear and range changes.

The Dyna-VT CVT transmission is available for more demanding applications. With infinite operating speeds and an upgraded 50-GPM hydraulic system, it supplies the power and control needed for larger implements.

"Our goal is to provide farmers a machine that has extremely low operating costs," says Bergin. "With DTM engaged, the system synchronizes engine speed and transmission ratio, allowing the engine to run at lower speeds, supply optimum power and reduce fuel consumption."

Front suspension.

The 7700 Series has more than double the front-suspension travel of previous models, putting more power to the ground for reduced wheel slippage and power hop in the field. When towing heavy loads on the road, the front suspension provides greater steering control at higher speeds. Push-button control lets operators adjust suspension to match the task at hand.

The 7700 Series can be ballasted to over 30,000 pounds to help put power to the ground. The new front monobloc weight system offers farmers a choice of 1,984-pound or 3,306-pound weights.

Simplified guidance system

The straightforward design with convenient controls and oversized screens makes operation easy from day one, the company says. All models feature fully integrated Auto-Guide 3000 with Go Mode activation. The new front dash display features a color setup and information screen (SIS) that is 50 percent larger with 10 times greater resolution and larger fonts than the previous models.

The new Massey Ferguson 7700 Series high-horsepower tractor will be on display at the 2014 Farm Progress Show, Aug. 26–28, in Boone, Iowa — Lot 1002 in the northeast quadrant.

For more information about Massey Ferguson products, or to find a dealer near you, visit www.masseyferguson.us.