Three Massey Ferguson compact tractors made their UK public working debut at the Grounds Care Road Show events staged by the company in conjunction with four Massey Ferguson dealers.
First shown in Europe at BTME Harrogate 2010, the all-new MF 1525H replaces the 22hp MF 1523H in Massey Ferguson’s 1500 Series compact tractor line-up. Powered by a 25hp three-cylinder Diesel engine, the MF 1525H features a three-range hydrostatic transmission (HST) and cruise control, as found on larger MF 1500 Series hydrostatic tractors.
Operators working with implements and attachments will appreciate the new tractor’s 600kg rear linkage lift capacity as well as its two standard auxiliary hydraulic valves, both selectable for single- or double-acting operation.
Equipped with rear and mid power take-offs with independent electro-hydraulic engagement, the MF 1525H’s PTO activation switch is located conveniently on the tractor’s dash panel and offers normal and ‘soft’ start engagement, the latter recommended for high inertia implements or when operating in difficult or heavy-load conditions.
To minimise sound levels and vibration for greater driver comfort, the tractor’s entire operating platform is mounted on rubber isolation blocks. Ergonomically-positioned control switches and levers help further maximise operating experience and tractor output.
Fitted with a foldable rear ROPS, the MF 1525H will be offered with the option of 1.37m and 1.52m mid mower decks for the coming season.
MF 1529MA and MF 1532MA
Being launched officially at Massey Ferguson’s Grounds Care Road Show events are the MF 1529MA and MF 1532MA compact tractors, rated at 28hp and 32hp respectively.
The introduction of these two new models marks a significant rationalisation of the MF 1500 Series in the important 25hp – 35hp category as the newcomers replace four separate tractors, namely, the MF 1529M and MF1529A and the MF 1532M and MF 1532A, all of which had different standard specifications.
An important factor for customers considering a compact tractor in this power range is that the key features of the four previous tractor configurations have been combined within the two new models, producing a pair of tractors designed to deliver great all-round performance, economy and versatility on a multitude of on- and off-road tasks.
Both new tractors have an 8 x 8 shuttle transmission with the option of four creeper speeds producing a 12 forward, 12 reverse mechanical shuttle gearbox.
Standard on both tractors are selectable 540 and 1,000rpm rear power take-off speeds, engaged by an independent electro-hydraulic PTO clutch with dash-mounted control switch.
A mid PTO can be specified as a factory-built option.
Effortless operation of matching rear-mounted implements and attachments is assured by the three-point linkage’s 1,100kg lift capacity on both the MF 1529MA and MF 1532MA, together with one standard double-acting auxiliary valve. An additional auxiliary valve can be specified if required.
A distinctive feature on both new tractors is the mid-mounted forward-folding rollbar (ROPS) which provides exceptional overhead clearance when folded to enable comfortable access to and work within buildings or beneath trees. The folded rollbar provides excellent protection also for the front of the tractor.
Equipped with a spacious ISO-mounted, semi-flat operator platform, the MF 1529MA and MF 1532MA tractors are arriving now at appointed Massey Ferguson dealers throughout the UK and Ireland who will be pleased to arrange demonstrations and provide more information.
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