Fendt is a German manufacturer of agricultural tractors and machines, manufacturing and marketing a full line of tractors, combine harvesters and balers. It is part of the AGCO Corporation. It was founded in 1937 by Xaver Fendt and purchased by the AGCO Corporation in 1997.
Prior to incorporation on December 31, 1937, the Fendt brothers produced several tractors in a blacksmith shop under the guidance of their father, Johann Georg. The tractors built featured a 6HP engine, a mounted plow, and an independently driven mower.
Fendt offers a range of tractors from 70-390 hp, a range of combine harvesters from 220-500 hp, round and square balers, loaders and industrial application tractors.
|Range||Power Range (kW-kW/hp-hp)|
|200 Vario Series||51-81/70-110|
|300 Vario Series||70-92/95-135|
|400 Vario Series||85-114/115-155|
|700 Vario Series||96-132/130-240|
|800 Vario Series||136-151/185-287|
|900 Vario Series||162-265/220-390|
|Variable Round Balers|
|Fendt Cargo Loaders (for tractors)|
|Fendt Variotronic (electronic terminal for tractors/combine harvesters)|
|Fendt ISU Range (industrial tractors)|
Fendt developed the continuously variable transmission (CVT), calling it Vario. It is also used in JCB Fastrac, and the other AGCO tractor brands Challenger, Massey Ferguson, and Valtra. AGCO also uses the transmission technology in its TerraGator brand of application equipment.
The Vario transmission was first developed in the 1970s, but due to lack of funding it was never seen on a production tractor until 1996, when Fendt launched the revolutionary Fendt 926 Vario. This was the first ever stepless transmission to be launched in the tractor market, and is patented to be the only ever truly stepless transmission, with brands in competition unable to make a transmission as advanced as a Fendt Vario. This transmission offers a top speed of 60 km/h in AGCO products, whilst the JCB Fastrac offer an 80 km/h top speed, the fastest of any production tractor.
Fendt released a prototype of a new concept tractor at Agritechnica 2007, in Hannover, Germany, called the Trisix nick named "Mobydick" and boasting 540 horsepower and six wheel drive. The front axle and the rearmost steer the tractor, and as the speed of the tractor increases, the amount of steering input on the rear axle reduces to make it safer. It also completely locks out when in transport mode and with some implements. To handle the horsepower it has two of the company's trademark Vario transmissions, which push the machine up to a top speed of 60 km/h (38 mph). Fendt has not confirmed production of this machine, and it remains in prototype stage. The axles and backbone tube are from Tatra 815 series trucks, the 6x6 Tatra tractor concept was patented in 1997 by Farma Josef Dvorak from Tabor Czech Republic.
Appearances in Media
A Fendt 930 Vario was shown on BBC's Top Gear, where host James May chose a 930 Vario. It was driven by The Stig round the Top Gear Test Track, and did a time of 3:28.4, the second slowest time round the track.
The Fendt 716 also appeared on BBC1 Scotland, on the program Countryfile, where world class Fendt Driver, Steven Brown, of Inverdovet Farm, was awarded an award for winning the annual Scottish Fendt Ploughing Match, where he received a prize of £5,000.
Fendt tractors have appeared in the widely-popular Landwirtschafts-simulator games.
- Fendt Caravan (formerly a part of Fendt)
- "Fendt History". AGCO Corp GmbH. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
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