Massey Ferguson and Woods Equipment Are A Terrific Team
Massey Ferguson® and Woods® Equipment deepen their ties, allowing more dealers to offer an even greater variety of tractors and implement combinations.
By Tharran E. Gaines
As the owner of Bristow Landscaping in Wake Forest, N.C., Logan Bristow relies on his Massey Ferguson tractors and Woods Equipment Company landscape implements virtually every day of the year. While the most often used machines are a Massey Ferguson 1540 compact tractor and a Woods counter-rotating tiller, he also owns an MF4608 tractor, an older MF135 tractor and several other Woods attachments, including rear blades, a turf seeder and a core aerator. All of the machines, he relates, were purchased from Louisburg Tractor & Truck Company in Louisburg, N.C.
“Part of the reason I have so much equipment from both brands is the good relationship I have with the dealer,” he says. “But I also like the durability and versatility of the equipment. We’ve never once had a problem with Woods implements, and the MF1540, in particular, is small enough to get in tight areas, yet powerful enough to run the tiller in tough conditions. In the meantime, the 4608 is a great tractor for using with the blade and some of the other heavier equipment.”
While Massey Ferguson dealers and Woods have had a long-running affiliation, that relationship has expanded at the company level, says Alistair McLelland, AGCO vice president of marketing, North America. In an effort to provide Massey Ferguson customers with the highest quality implements available anywhere, AGCO Corporation and Woods have joined together to market a full line of Woods rotary cutters, finishing mowers, flail shredders, rear-mounted snow blowers and landscape equipment through participating Massey Ferguson dealerships.
“Through this agreement, customers have access to more than 70 Woods implements that are compatible and color-matched with Massey Ferguson tractors,” says Jerry Johnson, president of Blount International’s farm, ranch and agriculture division, which owns Woods Equipment. “We’re proud to provide Massey Ferguson dealers a broader product offering and to have sales of these implements supported by AGCO Finance programs.”
As Johnson relates, it has been nearly 70 years since Leonard, Keith and Mervel Wood built the first commercially successful tractor-mounted rotary cutter. Since that day in 1946, Woods Equipment has designed and marketed a broad range of farm, ranch and agricultural products—including a full line of Batwing® mowers—and has become one of the most respected brands on the market.
“Some Massey Ferguson dealers already carry Woods products,” says McLelland. “However, even more Massey Ferguson dealers now have an opportunity to sell the combined equipment. Our customers can go into one dealership, buy one package, have one finance program, all while receiving the highest quality tractor and implement combination available.”