Massey Ferguson 2706E: The Right Decision

This farmer says his Massey Ferguson 2706E tractor “is just the right size for a wide variety of jobs.”

By Tharran E. Gaines | Photos By Katie Knapp

When John Menssen began looking for an all-purpose machine for use around his Minnesota farmstead, he says he was torn between a small tractor and a skid-steer loader. However, he’s glad he went with a tractor—specifically a Massey Ferguson 2706E. Rated at 57 engine horsepower, Menssen says it’s just the right size for a wide variety of jobs.

Menssen notes that even though, as an AGCO account manager, he works daily with Ziegler Ag Equipment dealers, he likes to spread his business out between their locations and two other AGCO dealerships in the area. “Two of them have been part of my life since I began going there with my dad and grandpa,” he says, noting that he has Allis-Chalmers and White tractors, in addition to the Massey Ferguson. “So, I still do business with Midway Farm Equipment Inc. in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, and UFC [United Farmers Cooperative] in Lake Crystal.

“The best thing about the MF2706E is its versatility,” Menssen continues. “I’ve used it for picking up rocks, moving snow, powering the grain auger with the PTO, spreading gravel” and lots more, he continues. “When I put up a new machine shed last year, I used it to backfill dirt around the foundation.

“My wife drives it as much or more than I do,” he says of the MF2706E. “She’s used it to move boxes when we were unpacking from [a recent] move. She’s used it to move patio furniture; and she uses it to haul material to and from the garden. In fact, that’s part of the reason I went with the MF2706E.

“Yet, I’ve been blown away about how well the 2706E works for dirt work,” he says, noting that he is looking at adding a rotary mower in the future. “It’s been a good choice.”

Within the past year, Menssen, who is not only an AGCO employee, but a farmer, too, purchased a White Planters 9812 central-fill planter to go with his Allis-Chalmers 7045. “It’s probably overkill to have a 12-row planter for 160 acres,” he admits. “But because I’m working full-time off the farm and traveling as much as I am, I need to be able to get fields planted when the time is right and the opportunity is there.

“Besides, I feel the planter is the most important piece of equipment you can own, and White Planters offers the best planter technology in the industry.”