NEW Zealand farmer Brian Mason says his new Massey Ferguson 4708 is ideally suited to heavy duty tasks on his dairy operation.
Brian and his staff milk 1000 cows on his farm, Waikauri View Farms, which is at Tomarata, east of Wellsford. Brian has operated Massey Fergusons for about 10 years. He bought the new MF4708 in October, as an upgrade on a MF4245 model. A second 4708 will also arrive in August.
It is well-appointed and easy for anyone to operate.
Brian said Massey Fergusons were common-sense tractors.
“I like it (the 4708) better than the 4245,” Brian said. “We picked this one because they are right up there with technology in this category of tractor, and we get good service. We will use them both for general-purpose dairy farm jobs, such as hay and silage feeding, spraying and loader work.”
The MF 4708 is known for reliability, ruggedness and fuel economy. It has a 4.4-litre AGCO Power, four-cylinder engine that delivers 85hp. The MF4708 features a new synchronised transmission with 12 forward and 12 reverse speeds. Its 65 litres/minute pump is a simple, open-centre hydraulic system, powered by two gear pumps. The rear linkage has an impressive lift capacity of 3000kg, allowing heavy mounted equipment to be lifted with ease.
Brian said the MF4708 was also safe and suitable for all his staff to use.
“It has got a low centre of gravity and is very stable on hill country. The wheels are set wide so it is very safe and well balanced,” he said.
“It’s very user friendly and has a good loader on it and good hydraulics. I have various staff driving it and there’s no trouble. It is well-appointed and easy for anyone to operate.
“They are pretty affordable and are good value for money. It’s just a basic tractor but it’s very good.”