Dana and Fendt to jointly develop axles. The Fendt 942 Vario tractor, the largest in the new series, not only was on display at Agritechnica 2019, but was rather awarded ‘Tractor of the Year 2020’ during a ceremony that we reported here. Similarly, the Fendt 313 Vario gained the award in the ‘Best Utility’ category for 2019.
Ranging from 218 to 305 kilowatts, the five new Fendt 900 Vario tractors provide unprecedented fuel efficiency, uptime and agronomic benefits through features such as the Fendt tractor management system (TMS) and Fendt stepless VarioDrive continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The Spicer 980 axle
Behind the success of the 900 Vario Series of Fendt tractors is the close collaboration with Dana. The US company, in fact, according to Peter-Josef Paffen, vice president, brand head Fendt EME, «has long served as our trusted collaborator in developing advanced drive technologies for Fendt tractors, and we anticipate continued success as we extend our relationship with the new series of Fendt 900 Vario tractors».
In particular, the Spicer 980 axle features an independent front suspension, which provides isolation from body vibration. With approximately 20 cm of vertical movement, the axle provides stable ground contact and traction on uneven field terrain. The configuration provides improved vehicle control, operator comfort, traction and handling characteristics for safer operation, especially at on-road speeds. Additionally, the Spicer 980 axle is designed to support Fendt’s proprietary tire inflation system.
Dana and Fendt: a shared market knowledge
«The exceptional performance of Fendt tractors is enhanced through our shared market knowledge, deep technical expertise and commitment to customer centricity», added Aziz Aghili, president of Dana Off-Highway Drive and Motion Technologies. «We look forward to working with AGCO to further improve the class-leading features, capabilities, and comfort of the next generation of Fendt tractors».