Irish Independent - Farming - - MACHINERY -

MERLO has some ex­cit­ing launches lined up for Agritech­nica in­clud­ing im­por­tant in­no­va­tions in the Mul­ti­farmer Range with a com­plete new fam­ily mem­ber in the medium duty sec­tion. The new Mul­ti­farmer Medium Duty 34.7 and 34.9 are both avail­able in three ver­sions; a stan­dard ver­sion; a CVT ver­sion; and a CVT ver­sion with cab sus­pen­sion.

Due to the com­pact di­men­sions, the new 34.7 and 34.9 will be able to work in nar­row spaces where big­ger ma­chines would be lim­ited in mov­ing around.

Th­ese mod­els also have the Cat­e­gory 2 rear three-point link­age – 4,000kg of lift­ing ca­pac­ity and a me­chan­i­cal rear PTO. Thanks to the EPD now the op­er­a­tor is al­lowed to choose be­tween three dif­fer­ent work­ing modes: heavy duty, speed con­trol and self-ac­cel­er­at­ing joy­stick. AGCO Fendt have won a sil­ver medal from Agritech­nica for its world’s first all-elec­tric trac­tor called the Fendt e100 Vario.

A com­pact trac­tor with 50 kW power out­put, e100 Vario can op­er­ate for up to five hours un­der nor­mal op­er­at­ing con­di­tions.

The trac­tor will be used for the first time in lim­ited num­bers in 2018 ini­tially on se­lected farms and in lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

The en­ergy source is a 650 V high-ca­pac­ity lithium-ion bat­tery with a ca­pac­ity of around 100 kWh.

The bat­tery is charged ei­ther with 400V and up to 22kW via a stan­dard CEE out­door socket, or by a su­per­charg­ing op­tion with di­rect volt­age. With a stan­dard CCS type 2 plug, the bat­tery can be recharged up to 80 per cent in just 40 min­utes.

In ad­di­tion, en­ergy can be re­cov­ered thanks to the use of an elec­tric mo­tor. The Fendt e100 Vario al­lows the use of con­ven­tional as well as elec­tri­fied im­ple­ments.

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