Compact tractors diversify Massey Ferguson lineup

  • 19-Jun-2008 08:15 EDT
Capable of powering a wide range of implements, Massey Ferguson’s newest compact tractors feature push-button independent PTO and are available with a 8x8 SynchroShuttle Transmission, which offers simple, one-handed directional changes without stopping the tractor.

Versatility was a key goal when Massey Ferguson, a part of AGCO, developed Models 1529 and 1532, the newest additions to the company’s compact tractor line. Both models feature a heavy front axle for added four-wheel-drive power, as well as an independent 540-rpm PTO.

Both models are powered by three-cylinder Tier-2-compliant Iseki diesel engines. Both models use 1.5-L engines that deliver 28.4 hp (21.2 kW) and 69 lb·ft (93 N·m) at 1500 rpm for Model 1529 and 33.0 hp (25 kW) and 69 lb·ft (94.1 N·m) at 1600 rpm for Model 1532.

Model 1532 can be equipped with a constant mesh transmission that provides 9F/3R, while both models can be equipped with a synchronized shuttle (SynchroShuttle) transmission that provides 8F/8R for use with loader work where frequent changes of direction are necessary. With the  SynchroShuttle, the operator can change direction by simply depressing the clutch and moving the shuttle lever, leaving the right hand free for other tasks. SynchroShuttle also allows the driver to change direction without stopping the tractor.

Massey Ferguson also developed the L100, a new loader capable of lifting over 1200 lb (540 kg) to full height, specifically for Models 1529 and 1532. A full range of additional implements are available, including loaders, landscaping tools, mowers, tillage, backhoes, and front-mounted implements.

“Both these new models have a backhoe model available too, and both the 1529 and 1532 have the capability to power the full range of implements and attachments designed for the Massey Ferguson compact line,” said Chris Box, Product Marketing Specialist.

The company developed a new mounting kit that allows its current 1570 backhoe to be used with the new tractors. “Both the loader and backhoe for these models were designed with versatility in mind; both implements have quick-disconnect mounts for easy attachment or removal,” said Box.

Heavier front axles have been added to both models to provide extra four-wheel-drive power for difficult applications. Both models are also equipped with a Category I three-point hitch that has a lift capacity over 2400 lb (1090 kg) at the hitch point, as well as an independent 540-rpm PTO. An additional mid-mount 2000-rpm independent is also available with the 8x8 SynchroShuttle transmission. The PTOs can be run simultaneously or separately.

To help protect the operator from equipment vibration, the semi-flat operator’s platform rests on an isolated mount and is topped by a permanent-molded rubber floor mat. A padded, spring-suspension seat with adjustable armrests glides forward or back as needed, and a retractable seatbelt and folding rollover protection system add to operator safety. A three-position steering wheel can be adjusted to suit the operator, and a brake lock allows the operator to engage the brakes before leaving the platform. Operating controls are placed within easy reach, including both the foot throttle and hand throttle.

Removable side panels and a tilt-up steel hood facilitate easy servicing, and the air cleaner is positioned in front of the radiator for easy checking and replacement.

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