Massey Ferguson Introduces 1600 Series Tractor
DULUTH, GA (April 2, 2009) — After five years of research into the needs and wants of compact tractor owners, and millions of dollars in development, Massey Ferguson® is introducing the 1600 Series compact tractor. With bold new styling and the most comprehensive offering of power, comfort and operator conveniences on the market, these robust new models bring consumers everything they’ve been waiting for in a compact tractor. Operator-inspired ergonomics, easy access for service, all-steel construction and high-capacity performance top the list.
The MF1600 Series offers six models from 35 to 60 gross engine horsepower, all featuring 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 factoryinstalled cab option, the 1600 Series will meet the most discriminating personal taste and has the ability to handle any job.
“The MF1600 Series compact tractor was designed to raise the bar across the entire product class,” says Steve Barcuch, Product Marketing Manager for compact tractors. “The MF1600 series has been five years in the making, with that time dedicated to research and development efforts that incorporate the features and conveniences our small property and contractor customers are asking for. Our owners are increasingly spending more and more time
on their tractors, so operator comfort and ergonomics are more important than ever before. We’ve focused our engineering and design efforts specifically to address these needs, and the result is something that consumers recognize the moment they sit on the tractor.”
Power under the hood of the MF1600 Series is delivered by an efficient Iseki 3- or 4- cylinder liquid-cooled diesel engine with clean-air technology that meets Tier IV interim emission standards. Four easy-as-driving-your-car 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 customer’s needs for economy, durability, power and agility. Heavy-duty cast-iron housings and oil-encased bevel gears mean smoother operation and longer life.
Not only does the MF1600 Series have great ability to do more work, the tractors have been carefully designed with innovative and almost luxurious features that make them easier to operate. “The attention to the details was primary in this series”, says Barcuch.
Making the tractor the most comfortable in its class are a noticeably larger operator’s area; form-hugging, standard deluxe spring-suspension seat; standard large armrests; and a platform which rests on rubber isolation mounts to minimize vibration at the operator’s level. The molded rubber floor mat is even thicker than before and covers the entire platform, even under the seat, which provides additional cushioning. Redesigned, right-hand fender-mounted implement controls reduce operator back and arm fatigue by having the controls right where operators need them. Owners will enjoy the uncluttered layout, color-coded controls and easyto- read gauges. And the wide-open platform makes getting on and off the tractor a breeze.
“The MF1600 Series is a total redesign of our most popular compact series, the MF1500,” says Barcuch. “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. That’s consistent with Massey Ferguson’s 160-year tradition of delivering unprecedented innovations.”
Sleek new styling includes four powerful headlights, a contoured hood, generous operator platform, scooped rear fenders and a streamlined profile for the perfect blend of style and function. Standard cab features include front and rear work lights and wipers, dual mirrors and rear auxiliary remote – items that competitive brands frequently offer as optional.
The MF1600 Series also delivers the ultimate in versatility to meet the needs of any job with its convenient joystick control and quick, easy attachment and removal of Massey Ferguson’s full line of loaders, backhoes, landscape tools, mowers, tillers, brooms, snow blowers and box blades.
Designed to be the easiest to operate among compacts, these tractors also feature leftside turning brake pedals and right side forward/reverse pedals on the hydrostatic models– allowing smooth tight turns. Independent, push-button PTO also means the rear and mid PTO may be engaged with no clutching or reaching for levers.
Rather than cutting corners, the tractors are built with all-steel hood and fenders instead of plastic, increasing strength, durability and long-term value. Quick access to key service points combined with a gas-lift-assist cylinder to raise the one-piece EZlift hood inevitably leads to more consistent maintenance and longer tractor life.
“In creating this new tractor, we’ve listened to our customers to create a compact tractor that is the ultimate combination of function and fun – a tractor that puts ‘joy’ in the work,” Barcuch adds. “The MF1600 Series truly delivers an experience like no other.”
For more information about the new MF1600 Series compact tractor contact your local Massey Ferguson dealer or visit www.masseyferguson.com/1600.