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UK farms start going Global Cabbed versions of Massey Ferguson’s 4700 Global series tractors are due to start arriving in the UK this month. Farmers Guide took a test drive.

at 2,200rpm providing economic operation when demand is low, but flexibility to meet higher demands. Advanced electronic control is an upgrade on 5700 and 6700 models, which are more likely to be used for arable tasks. PTO options provide upgrades from the standard 540/540-economy set-up with 540/1,000 as well as 540/540E/1,000 available for all models.

Operator comfort

Massey Ferguson isn’t short of ambition for its Global series tractors which look set to become a common sight on UK farms. David Williams reports. A potential UK market for up to 4,500 tractors annually in the 70–130hp size bracket is tempting the manufacturer, and its latest models are likely to be serious contenders. Global series tractors provide functions and performance needed for mid- and low-spec applications, complementing the higher specification ranges which continue to offer more technology. Livestock farmers account for 60 per cent of the potential UK market, along with vegetable producers and municipal applications. Three series make up the entry level 75, 85 and 95hp, 3-cyl 4700 range, 4-cyl 5700 models which extend the range to 110hp, and recently launched 6700 series models up to 130hp, courtesy of a 4-cyl 4.4-litre power unit.

Efficient operation All have brand new specially developed 12x12 transmissions with two ranges and six synchronised gears, all offering 40kph. Forward and reverse shuttle is mechanical, with power shuttle an optional upgrade. Obviously many of the new tractors will be used in areas with restricted space, and manoeuvrability easily matches other premium range machines of similar size. The 4700 series has a 7.70m turning circle, the 6700 series turns in 8.32m with 8.65m needed for the longer wheelbase 6700 models. Although specification is functional, the tractors are capable of operating the latest implements and features such as combined-flow hydraulics on 5700 and 6700 models offer up to 100 litres/min (58+42)

The target market for these new tractors often involves daily use and long hours in the seat for operators. A brand new cab has been developed; 5700 and 6700 versions sharing a larger design while 4700 models have a new, slightly smaller version, but which is one of the largest in its class. Cab-less 4700-series tractors are

Narrow cab pillars minimise interference with the driver’s vision. A sloping bonnet allows a good view directly in front.

also available, but likely to be more popular overseas. The all-new tractors have a well-designed control layout with everything easily to hand and clear easy-to-read instrumentation. Air conditioning is standard on 5700 and 6700 machines and an extra on 4700 models. Deliveries of early cab-less 4700-series machines have started, but cabbed versions have only recently been launched and first deliveries are due this month. Mid-size 5700 tractors will be available later this year and 6700 models will arrive in 2017.

4700 series tested

The cab’s modern design makes the most of space and offers superb visibility and good comfort but a Visio roof option will appeal for loader work.

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Farmers Guide was invited to testdrive an entry-level 4707 ahead of its first UK showing. The 75hp machine is expected to be very popular, not least because it is the only model of the three not requiring Adblue to meet Tier 4 final emissions regulations. The cab is well designed and spacious, and the floor is flat and unobstructed with top-hinged foot pedals. A good-sized door and steps provide easy access. The seat is supportive and comfortable with plenty of continued over...

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