Massey Ferguson 8737: A Legacy of Quality Continues

It’s back to the future for Danny Kornegay, who remembers riding and working on a Massey Ferguson 35 Deluxe tractor way back when.

By Des Keller | Photos By Will & Deni McIntyre

Being named the 2015 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year was very good for Danny Kornegay. Among other prizes, the North Carolina farmer received a year’s use of a Massey Ferguson® 8737 tractor. The prize had a sort of back-to-the-future feel for Kornegay, who recalls as a boy riding and working on a Massey Ferguson 35 Deluxe tractor on his family’s then part-time operation.

Danny Kornegay in the Massey Ferguson 8737

Danny Kornegay in the Massey Ferguson 8737

The tractors in the 8700 Series, with 8.4-liter, 6-cylinder AGCO POWER engines, deliver 270 to 370 max engine HP. An Engine Power Management (EPM) system also offers an additional 30-HP boost when needed to provide more torque and power to a particular application.

“I like the features of the tractor, and it is well built,” says Danny’s son, Dan. At press time, the family’s operation had yet to use the tractor extensively, but the Kornegays do plan to utilize it pulling grain carts throughout harvest. “The Dyna-VT transmission is very nice because you don’t have to change gears,” says Danny. “The extended cab is really nice, and the comfortable ride may be the best feature.”

This line of tractors also features the new CYCLAIR cooling system that increases performance by maximizing air flow through a series of coolers and out through a redesigned hood. Vents in the hood split the air flow to expel hot air, while directing cool, fresh air toward the main radiator.

The 8700 Series tractors can be equipped with front 3-point hitches with a lift capacity up to 11,023 pounds. There is also a newly redesigned rear 3-point hitch that’s easier to use and offers an increased lift capacity of 26,355 pounds.

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