Every year it seems AGCO drops a curtain at the Farm Progress Show to reveal a new version of Challenger brand tractors. 2017 was no exception.
At the annual industry showcase this week in Decatur, Illinois, AGCO unveiled the latest version of its ‘Cadillac’ tractor – the Challenger MT700 series – billing it as the next generation of track tractors that adds leading technology and greater efficiency to Challenger’s ‘power-to-the-ground’ legacy.
In this video, AGCO tactical marketing manager Josh Keeney explains that the tractor has been designed using the AccuEngineering platform and features new stylings, as well as a new engine, transmission, undercarriage and hydraulics.
Keeney adds that the MT700 is the first two-track machine with three stages of suspension and oscillating midwheels that precisely contour to the ground over terraces and uneven surfaces. “Operators are going to notice a significant difference in the ride comfort — one they won’t find on other track tractors of any colour,” Keeney says.
Three available models from 380 to 431 hp are powered by AGCO Power 9.8L diesel engines equipped with concentric air systems. The tractors’ AccuDrive powertrain features the convenience and smooth, seamless speed control of the Accu-VT continuously variable transmission, combined with state-of-the-art operating technology to produce a ‘high-torque, low-speed’ approach. This allows the Challenger MT700 Series tractors to run in the maximum torque range while delivering low fuel consumption to help increase productivity and reduce costs.
All systems, including the hydraulics and PTO are designed to run at lower engine rpm to reduce fuel costs and engine wear. An upgraded hydraulic system offers greater flow at lower engine rpm and can meet the demands of the latest planters and implements. Instead of running at full throttle to meet the hydraulic needs, AGCO says the AccuDrive system allows full output at 1700 rpm. This allows the tractor to run in the peak torque range of 1200 to 1600 rpm and do it more efficiently with less engine wear. This system also produces a quieter working environment for the operator.
Keeney notes that a new cab delivers productivity-boosting comforts inside and out. The cabs offer a variety of amenities including enhanced cab suspension, an air-ride seat, larger instructor seat and Bluetooth capability. A new LED light package adds more lights at the rear of the tractor, positioned to provide a clear view out to each end of a 24-row planter for those late nights in the field.
Challenger MT700 tractors also feature an easy-to-use 10.4-inch touch-screen AccuTerminal that has an intuitive, smartphone feel.
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