A NEW ‘all-rounder’ series of tractors with plenty of on-board technology has been launched by Massey Ferguson – it's made up of five models ranging from 105hp to 145hp.

Suitable for dairy, crop and livestock farms, the new series comes in three different specification levels, but are all powered by AGCO Power 4.4 litre four-cylinder engines.

Numerically, the models are: MF 5S.105, MF 5S.115, MF 5S.125, MF 5S.135, MF 5S.145, with the last three numbers referring to the rated power of that model.

Massey Ferguson is hailing this new range as perfect loader tractors and they also benefit from having increased front and rear linkage capacities.

All five in the series are available with the choice of Essential, Efficient, or Exclusive specification levels. These packages include a range of performance and comfort enhancing features to suit a range of applications.

Top-of-the-range Exclusive models are ‘fully loaded’, including, among other options, 110-litre/min hydraulics with up to eight electric spool valves, hydraulic joystick, Multipad control, AutoDrive transmission, auto air-con, cab suspension, Superluxe air suspended seat and Datatronic 5 touch-screen terminal.

Efficient spec' is similar, but has two electric and two mechanical spools at the rear, standard air-con and an air-suspended seat, while the Datatronic 5 terminal becomes an option.

Essential models switch to using a T-lever gear control in place of the Multipad, with the hydraulic joystick an option and AutoDrive replaced by Speedmatching on the Dyna-4 transmission. It has a 58-litre/min hydraulic pump and two rear mechanical spool valves, up to four as an option.

Power with economy

The latest AGCO Power 4.4 litre, four-cylinder engines that are used meet Stage V emissions regulations with straightforward MF all-in-one technology.

Developed by AGCO Power, it contains the SCR system, DOC and soot catalyst in one compact unit, all neatly housed under the cab, maintaining the industry-leading forward visibility over the low, slim bonnet. It's technology which has been well-proven in some of the more powerful ranges from MF.

Longer service intervals mean that oil and fuel filter changes are now 600 hours, which further helps reduce running costs, pointed out a spokesman.

All are available with a choice of Massey Ferguson’s 16 x 16 speed Dyna-4, or 24 x 24 Dyna-6, semi-powershift transmissions. Highly efficient and easy to use, both come with the useful brake-to-neutral function.

Creeper gears are optional on all models, offering speeds down to 70m/hour with 34-inch tyres, or 80m/hour on 38-inch rims.

A new, stronger suspended front axle offers a 4m turning radius. Working with the new three-tonne capacity front linkage– that lifts an extra 500kg – there's better efficiency promised and enables the tractors to use larger front-mounted equipment.

Extra comfort is offered by the electronically-controlled hydraulic suspension, which uses two longer stroke cylinders and three accumulators to absorb shocks.

Redesigned to handle heavier loads, the three-point linkage lift capacity has been increased to 5700kg, which is 7% more than its predecessor. In certain circumstances, it can lift up to 6000kg.

Perfect loader tractor

With excellent visibility over the slim, steep nosed bonnet and efficient high-flow hydraulics the new MF5S is a perfect loader tractor with operations made easy using the transmission controls as well as brake-to-neutral and joystick.

Visio roof options also provide a clear view of the attachment through the whole lifting range.

As well as being supplied loader ready, the MF 5S is available complete with a factory-fitted loader. A new quick coupler now connects both the hydraulics and electrics together, which eases attaching and removing the loader in the farm yard, or field.

Smart tech

MF Connect telemetry is an option on all 5S models, allowing users to monitor their machinery fleet, showing the their current position, routes travelled as well as a range of operating information.

Datatronic 5 also offers intuitive operation and is standard on Exclusive models and an option on others. This ISOBUS compatible touch-screen operator information station monitors all the tractor functions and controls any ISOBUS compliant implement.

All the elements in the MF Technologies/Smart Farming Suite run through Datatronic 5. These include MF Guide automatic steering, as well as MF Section Control and MF Rate Control, which can now handle up to 36 sections and five products.

Datatronic 5 is pre-installed with MF TaskDoc software to create field records, as applied maps, log fuel use, make job reports as well as keep an accurate account of all inputs to every hectare.

Further easing operations is MF TaskDoc Pro that enables this data to be transferred, via Agrirouter, to the user’s farm management software or Next Machinery Management. Alternatively these functions can also be controlled on an optional Fieldstar 5 touch-screen terminal.

Francesco Murro, director of marketing, Massey Ferguson Europe and Middle East, said: “The versatile MF 5S Series combine high performance, comfort and agility with best in class visibility and special features that make them the ultimate loader tractors.

“True multi-purpose tractors, the MF 5S Series offers the right choice of power and specifications to suit all applications. Building on the success of the MF 5700 S Series, these modern tractors deliver straightforward operation and enhanced features with low ownership costs.

Key features:

• Straightforward choice of three specifications – Essential, Efficient and Exclusive to meet all requirements and different applications. Further options tailor tractors to specific needs.

• A new factory-fitted loader specification includes a wide range of features to enhance ease of fitting, operation and control.

• Industry-leading visibility and manoeuvrability.

• Quiet, cooler cab improves operator comfort, with new ergonomic armrest and controls and suspension options.

• Latest AGCO Power 4.4 litre, four-cylinder engine meets Stage V emissions regulations with straightforward ‘all-in-one’ technology designed for the life of the tractor. Optimised airflow improves cooling along with a new reversible fan option.

• Choice of renowned Dyna-4, or Dyna-6 transmissions with standard brake-to-neutral functions and Speedmatching or AutoDrive automatic changing options.

• New, higher capacity suspended front axle design.

• Stronger three-point linkage provides 5700kg lift capacity across the range, while the optional front linkage handles up to 3000kg. Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) increased to 9500kg.

• New intuitive Datatronic 5 and Fieldstar 5 touch-screen terminals with Smart Farming technology helps optimise operations and improve accuracy and profit.