The Fendt 1000 Vario already won five awards in different categories at the Agritechnica 2015, including “Tractor of the Year 2015”. Afterwards it was shown at further international exhibitions. It won eleven awards up to now, in five different European countries, both for its well thought-out overall design concept and its special innovative components, such as the Fendt VarioDrive drive train. The Fendt 1000 Vario also impressed through its especially compact and elegant design. In Munich, the Fendt designer team accepted the internationally renowned iF DESIGN AWARD in Gold for the “well thought-out design” of the 1000 Vario. With the Red Dot Award for Product Design, it received another coveted award. The jury’s statement specifically praised the combination of function and an expressive design.
For the first time in the 85-year history of the company, a tractor model for a different brand will be produced in Marktoberdorf. For the US market, depending on the sales network, models will also be offered for the AGCO brand Challenger parallel to the Fendt series. The Fendt 1000 Vario was presented to North American farmers for the first time at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, the largest indoor show for agricultural machinery in the USA. A track width of 60 inches was specially developed for row crop operations on the North American and Australian markets. Furthermore, the American equipment variant has a rear lift with a quick-hitch frame or swinging drawbar. In South America, the Fendt 1000 Vario was shown for the first time at the most important agricultural equipment trade fair in Brazil.
In the middle of Mecklenburg in the small town of Groß Salitz, Henning Hagemann is testing the Fendt 1050 Vario. His arable farm has 1150 hectares of land that he cultivates with only five people. “We manage arable farming well with this team; only during the harvest do we need reinforcement and hire two trainees,” reports the friendly farmer. Henning Hagemann also cultivates 100 hectares of sugar beets and, in the winter months, he occupies his employees with deliveries for direct marketing. “Direct marketing is important to us and sugar beets are not available in large quantities in our region,” he says, describing his business model.
Up to now, Hagemann has been cultivating his land with tractors from another brand. He has been wanting a tractor from a higher hp class for a long time and has already looked around for different alternatives. “We also tried several tracked tractors, but it turned out that tracks are not ideal for our farm, since we have to drive quite a few kilometres,” he explains his search for the right machine. “At the last Agritechnica, I met the Fendt factory representative Uwe Stief and I talked to him about the 1000 Vario. Uwe explained the machine to me, but I couldn’t really believe it all at that time,” laughs Henning Hagemann. In the spring of 2016, the Fendt 1000 Vario was demonstrated directly on his field. “Driving and trying it out for myself, that is what finally convinced me,” he says, describing his test drive.
The testing was carried out with his own cultivator from Köckerling, 5.70 m wide and approx. 30 cm deep, as well as a 6-m wide cultivator from Väderstad. The ground was dry on that day. “I was impressed at how well the 1000 Vario was able to deliver its power in the field, even at low engine speeds. And especially how quiet it was in the cab,” said Hagemann about the Fendt iD low engine speed concept. The new Fendt VarioDrive enables a low engine speed with high torque, for fuel-saving tractor operations. “The tyre pressure regulation system VarioGrip is top and it can be conveniently controlled from the cab. Overall, I really liked the controls, and it also has a small turning radius,” says the farmer from Groß Salitz, putting his enthusiasm in words. “A wheeled tractor offers great advantages for us, especially in comparison to tracked tractors. It is versatile, faster and needs significantly less fuel than our previous machines,” he says, regarding the efficiency of the machine. It is already clear what kind of work the Fendt 1000 Vario will be doing. “Mainly deep, but also flat, cultivation and heavy draft work and preparing seed beds in the autumn.” Not only the boss will be driving it then the entire staff, including the trainee, will be allowed to experience the benefits of the Fendt 1000 Vario.