To say that Woody Martin is sold on Fendt tractors would be a gross understatement. In fact, if you ask him what he likes about Fendt tractors, his quick response is, “What isn’t there to like?”.That’s especially evident when you consider that Martin, who owns Martin Custom Farming in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, has owned 24 Fendt tractors since he purchased the first one in 2002… including the even dozen he owns at the present time. Eleven of those are Fendt 930 models, while the twelfth is an older Model 716 he uses on a mixer wagon.
“Like I tell anybody else who is considering a Fendt tractor, ‘You need to realize that once you buy a Fendt, you’re going to end up buying more of them’. ”As a custom farmer, Martin uses his Fendt tractors almost every day on several thousand acres annually — including his own 500-acre farm. While many of the jobs call for hauling and spreading liquid manure with nine 6,000-gallon tankers, heand his crew also use the 930s for tillage, cutting hay with a 32-foot triple mower or pulling a merger ahead of a self-propelled forage harvester.
“I realize it is overkill to use a 930 on a merger,” he admits.“But I’ve tried to streamline my tractor inventory so all the models are alike. I’ve had smaller Fendt models in the past,” he continues. “But I’ve found it’s easier to use a big tractor on a small job than to need a big tractor and find that the only one available is one that is too small for the application.”
Martin says that for a number of years, he used nothing but John Deere tractors. However, after going through about 14 transmissions in five years, he decided there had to be another option. That’s when he bought his first Fendt from M.M. Weaver and Sons in Leola, Pennsylvania.