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One very important reason was the low-speed technology of the MAN engine.

Markus Götz, Contracting company Götz, Pressath - 300 Vario, 700 Vario, 800 Vario, 900 Vario

One very important reason was the low-speed technology of the MAN engine.

Well equipped

Pfaffenreuth near Pressath in Bavaria: Here we have an appointment with BayWa regional manager Bernhard Beer and farmer and contractor Markus Götz. Green tractors with red rims dominate his fleet: from older but well-maintained 307s, 309s, 820s, 724s, and 826s to the brand-new 930 Vario - Markus Götz is fully committed to this brand.

Markus Götz farms 120 hectares himself. The most important branch of the business is a biogas plant with an installed capacity of 930 kW and a rated output of 400 kW. I see a raison d'être for biogas technology, especially in view of its future viability, only if the strengths of the plant are utilized and supplied in line with demand." The biogas plant was already in place the same year I took over the farm from my father and, according to him, it is the main reason why he is still involved in farming at all today. "Actually, I am a skilled mechanical engineer and I worked in this profession for more than 10 years. After that time, I took the assistant farmer exam followed by a degree. For his registered transport company, he passed the transport manager exam. Another branch of business is agricultural services. Here a butterfly mower with swath merging, a 4-rotor large area rake, a Tridem combination loader wagon and a tandem silage wagon are the most important machines.

Liquid manure spreading

In addition, around 20,000 m3 of liquid manure is spread each year. Transport is carried out using two dedicated feed drums, each with a capacity of 22 m³. The barrel for spreading is docked to the front hydraulics of the tractor via a suction arm. The telescopic first axle of the slurry tanker is an important factor in protecting the soil and increasing stability on slopes. Spreading is done with a 15 m drag shoe or 8.70 m slotted implement. Markus Götz does not use any incorporation technology directly on the slurry tanker. The customer can do this more efficiently with his own disc harrow, and it does not limit the effectiveness of the transport and application chain. A Tridem harvesting trailer is available for transport work, as well as a tandem dumper for civil engineering and a Tridem hoe-lift trailer. The latter is usually used to transport a contractor's recycling rock crusher.

New "diesel steed"

"Czech tractors used to be driven on the farm because my father was very price-conscious when he bought them," says the farm manager. "But then I quickly changed that after the takeover. But not just for emotional reasons. Because even with a very rough calculation, you quickly realize that a premium tractor is not that much more expensive than a cheaper make over its entire service life - but especially when you factor in repairs, total service life and resale value." The current gem on the Goetz farm is a brand-new Fendt 930 Vario, which was delivered in February of this year. "Actually, it should have been an 828 first," says Markus Götz.

"But after the existing 826 remained on the farm, I decided on the 900 series. One very important reason was the low-speed technology of the MAN engine. Originally, it was equipped with a 700/1,000 PTO, but we changed that again due to the unexpected high power at already 1,100 engine revolutions. Now a 1,000/1,400 is installed and I can really drive at low engine speeds for power. Especially in front of the loader wagon, I have already been able to impress many a customer. The tire pressure control system was important to me. I already experimented with a retrofitted, external system on one of my other tractors, but it was rubbish."

From left to right: farmer and contractor Markus Götz, his son Moritz and Bernhard Beer, regional manager at BayWa.

Good ratio

The tractor was ordered from BayWa Technik at the Weiden site. "I have a very good relationship with the workshop team and its manager Johannes Kiener. "Problems that can occur from time to time are solved competently and quickly there. That's really important to me and that's one factor why I stay with the Fendt brand." Incidentally, the tractors see the workshop not only when they need repairs, but also regularly for service. "The bottom line is that it's cheaper for me if the experts do it." So even an 820 with 14,000 operating hours still comes in for service every 500 hours. Before making the purchase, the contractor had already given a lot of thought to what equipment he wanted. The ordering process itself then took place at the BayWa site. "With the Fendt brand, we can offer our customers customized solutions," says regional manager Bernhard Beer happily. "Mr. Götz already knew exactly what he wanted, but should this not be the case, we first do a needs analysis together with the customer. The configuration is then done on the computer. The highlight here is a so-called buildability check, which can be used to determine in real time during the consultation whether the entries are plausible. This is important because there are an enormous number of variants. The configuration data then flows directly into Fendt's merchandise management system at the plant."

Of course, track guidance is part of the tractor's equipment.

ProfiPlus

The result for Markus Götz is a 900 with ProfiPlus equipment, including a track guidance system, full LED light package, comfort seat and a decent audio system. However, the tractor only has four hydraulic control valves. "But that's all I need. Thanks to load sensing and ISOBUS, all the implements work perfectly," says the contractor. The 930 now runs mainly in front of the slurry tanker and the loader wagon. The lower links of the 826 have now been removed because it is mainly used for transport work. And the contractor is already thinking about the next new investment. "That will probably be a 700. But that still has a bit of time. After all, my current 724 only has 8,000 hours on the meter."



Source: LU Special November 2020 edition