There are five models in the 200 Vario range: the 207, 208, 209, 210 and top of the range 211. Power outputs start at 79 horsepower and extend to 124 horsepower. All models are available as Power, Profi and Profi+ with AGCO’s three-cylinder 3.3 litre engine. The 211 benefits from a power boost called ‘Dynamic Performance’ which releases an additional ten horsepower on demand. The system detects when components such as the PTO, hydraulics, engine fan and air-con need more power, and then provides that added power through smart control.
The installation of a tabletop system offered both the opportunity and challenge of how to manage the new strawberry crop. Coir bags were chosen as the substrate which stand a metre off the ground, and the rows have been spaced to allow the Fendt access for regular spraying. “The method of growing on tabletops was the main catalyst for buying more 200 series tractors. The narrow width and high seating position of the Fendt makes it the perfect place to view the crop. We use a Cima sprayer with drop down bars that can spray the strawberries from both above and below, achieving an almost 360-degree spray, and with the Fendt’s Vario we can control our speed more easily and accurately,” he says.
Two cruise control settings can be stored on the new terminal and operators can also store engine speed to provide a constant PTO speed. For the first time, drivers can make engine and gear adjustments using buttons on the joystick. The joystick controls two valves and activates cruise control. It also has buttons ready to be assigned to additional controls, such as the work lights and engine or gearbox functions.
Comfort has always been a distinguishing part of the Fendt brand and the 200 is no exception. Despite being a compact machine with a turning circle of just 4.2 metres, the cabin feels every bit like that of one of the larger models. Even the seat has also been remodelled to give greater cushioning and support. “The seat and the flat floor are both features that I believe keep our operators happy, and if they are happy, they are more likely to stay with us. I have no doubt that by providing Fendt tractors we have been able to improve our staff retention rate.”
The business has devised some custom attachments for the Fendts to operate more efficiently in the orchards. A JCB headstock and muck grab has been adapted to help with pruning. “The Fendt is the perfect width to travel between rows and has plenty of power and lifting capacity to manage the work that we would otherwise have to use a telehandler for. It is also light and easier to manoeuvre.” A flail-like pulveriser has also been developed to help break up the prunings that are subsequently mulched back into the grass strips.