More Output With Less Input

Wegmann uses his equipment for a variety of custom jobs.

When is the best time to upgrade your farm equipment? For Dennis Wegmann, who upgraded to a new Massey Ferguson 8670 high horsepower tractor and Hesston by Massey Ferguson 2150 large square baler at the same time last season, the decision was easy. He needed more capacity and efficiency to keep pace with his own 900 acres, plus the custom work he does for neighbors.

Dennis uses the MF 8670 for a variety of custom work, including planting, tillage and operating his baler, plus farming his own acreage. Dennis notes that the new tractor also has auto-steer, the new style continuously variable transmission (CVT) and the latest AGCO monitor. “For custom work, auto steer and the CVT are big pluses … and the in-cab monitor is great,” he says. “The auto-steer really helps with custom tillage and planting, since there’s less operator fatigue and I can get more hours in. The CVT adds to efficiency, and with the new monitor we don’t need all the extra monitors to run the baler; we just plug it in and go.

“The improved technology and better fuel efficiency just made it a good time to upgrade,” he says. For service, Dennis relies on his local dealer, K&A Equipment in Strawberry Point, Iowa, operated by Ken Althoff. “They do a good job,” he reports. “We have our own shop, and my brother, Doug, is a mechanic, but we also depend on Ken. When I’m doing custom work, I don’t want any little breakdowns. I want everything to work smoothly.”

For more information on the 8670 and the rest of the 8600 Series Massey Ferguson tractors, see go.www.myfarmlife.com/mf8600.

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