No-Nonsense Performance from the Massey Ferguson 1700E Series

New Massey Ferguson® 1700E Series tractors deliver power and capability in an affordable package.

By Tharran E. Gaines

Massey Ferguson® 1700E Series tractor.

Massey Ferguson® 1700E Series tractor.

With the new Massey Ferguson 1700E Series tractors, economically priced doesn’t mean cheaply built. What customers get with these basic, yet versatile tractors is, says Josh Keeney, Massey Ferguson product marketing specialist, “a lot of value for the price.

“We listened to our customers and gave them what they asked for in this compact tractor line,” explains Keeney. “So, in addition to a more premium line of 1700 Series tractors, we now have three 1700E Series models rated at 24, 34 and 38.5 engine HP. All three models feature powerful, clean-burning diesel engines, rugged steel construction, 4-wheel drive, responsive hydraulics and two different transmission options.”

According to Keeney, the 1700E Series’ simple operation and outstanding efficiency start with a powerful new 3-cylinder, liquid-cooled diesel engine. Thanks to an electronic engine management system, the turbocharged power plants generate ample power and torque to handle challenging conditions and a variety of jobs, while still complying with the EPA’s Tier 4 Final emissions requirements.

“Customers can also choose between a traditional mechanical gear transmission or the convenient hydrostatic transmission, which is ideally suited for loader work,” Keeney adds. “The constant-mesh mechanical transmission features nine forward and three reverse speeds; while the three-range hydrostatic transmission maximizes torque and streamlines operation with clutchless foot pedal control for forward and reverse speeds, moving from zero to maximum speed without a single gear change.”

In the meantime, open-center hydraulics and a category I, 3-point hitch offer fast response times and ample lift capacity. The hydraulics package provides up to 7.2 gpm of flow to the rear 3-point hitch and implement hydraulics. The rear 3-point hitch has a lift capacity of 1,600 pounds at 24 inches to handle mounted implements and attachments, and each tractor can accommodate up to two rear remote valves. All tractor models can be equipped with a front loader and easy-to-use joystick control, adding versatility to these already-flexible machines.

A 540-rpm PTO is also standard on all models. However, customers again have a choice—this time between a transmission-driven PTO or an independent PTO, which is operated independent of the transmission clutch, for the best blend of economy and convenience.

Along with classic Massey Ferguson styling comes rugged steel fenders, hood and semi-flat operator deck. The front and rear axles are also constructed of heavy-duty cast steel for unmatched durability.

Perhaps one of the best features of the 1700E Series, however, is the industry-leading factory warranty. Massey Ferguson’s confidence in the 1700E is backed by two-year/2,000-hour full coverage, plus five-year/2,000-hour powertrain coverage for worry-free productivity—all of which are administered by AGCO and your local dealer.

For full details about the new 1700E Series tractors, visit or see your local Massey Ferguson dealer.