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East Anglian farmers inspect latest flagship The flagship Massey Ferguson 8740 tractor was available for potential customers to try out at Thurlow Nunn Standen’s Littleport, Cambs head office in late March. Pictured with it are Massey Ferguson area sales manager David Broad (left) with Thurlow Nunn Standen product demonstrator Gavin Ludkin.

Massey Ferguson’s new 8740 tractor range flagship was available for customers to test-drive at an open day event held by main dealer Thurlow Nunn Standen at its Littleport, Cambs head office. David Williams was there. screen as standard equipment. “With most operators used to touch screens on mobile phones and tablets, the ability to easily navigate using swiping and touch is expected,” he explained.

The 8740 tops off the latest 6-model 8700 series offering 270–400hp and Massey Ferguson area sales manager David Broad was on-hand to explain the latest features which include the Datatronic 5, 9in touch-

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“The screen is used to set up and monitor key functions and can be used for Auto-Guide, automatic steering; AgControl automatic section control and variable rate applications; TaskDoc through which farm documentation can be easily maintained and AgCommand offering fleet monitoring through telematics. The screen can be used in split mode for multiple functions and is fully customisable although for more complex tasks a second screen can be installed and both used together.” Farmers Guide took the opportunity to try out the new screen, which demonstrated its ease of operation. A very intuitive feel made it easy to pick out parameters for adjustment and a simple menu made it easy to set-up. Swiping made it simple to switch display modes and the high-resolution


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colour display was easy to read and use, even in low, bright evening sun. Power for the 8740 is from an Agco Power 6-cylinder, 8.4-litre engine producing 400hp, but with up to 405hp available for the most demanding applications. The previous flagship 8737 remains available with up to 340hp rated, 370hp maximum, but up to 400hp with Engine Power Management (EPM). Dyna-VT transmission is standard offering stepless speed control from creep to 50kph maximum and includes adjustable operating modes offering precise control for any application. A new control joystick allows easier direction shuttling. Air braking is standard including dual-line trailer braking to meet the latest regulations, although hydraulic trailer braking for older trailers and implements is also included. Full suspension is standard on the Exclusive specification and an option on Efficient models. New LED work lights are an option and standard equipment includes step lights for safer entry and exiting of the cab after daylight hours. Visibility is improved with



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