Cover story: Fendt 900 Vario Series


With the new Fendt 900 Vario large tractor series, Fendt is launching an all-new innovation that sets completely new standards in the top performance class. Farm Trader finds out more.

The new models are tailored to the individual requirements of large farms and contractors worldwide. Numerous technical highlights, an extensive connectivity package, the relatively low weight, and the powerful new design enable worldwide and versatile use.

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Powering on: the new Fendt 900 Vario

It’s a stunning continuation of the success story of the Fendt 900 large tractors that began at Agritechnica 1995, with the 260hp Fendt Favorit926 Vario.

With its five models (930 Vario, 933 Vario, 936 Vario, 939 Vario, and 942 Vario), the new Fendt 900 Vario sits in the power range of 296hp to 415hp (according to ECE R120), in the compact high-power tractor class, slotting neatly into the power range between the Fendt 800 Vario and the 1000 Vario.

The new top model Fendt 942 Vario sees the 900 series venture beyond 400hp for the first time. As a popular all-round high-power tractor, the new 900 series generation is extremely versatile in its use. Made for heavy tractive or PTO work such as mulching, the 900 series is also suitable for transport at up to 60km/h.

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Thanks to its modular equipment, the Fendt 900 is compatible with all common attachments

The low unladen weight of just 11.7 tonnes and the integrated VarioGrip tyre pressure regulation system makes this series ideal for work with low ground pressure and high tractive power.

Thanks to its modular equipment with or without rear power lift, rear PTO, front PTO, reversing driver station and a range of hydraulic, attachment and power lift models, it’s compatible with all common attachments.

New powertrain: powerful tandems, low on fuel consumption

All models in the new 900 series are equipped with an all-new MAN six-cylinder engine designed for Fendt, with a cubic capacity of nine litres and VTG turbocharger with variable turbine geometry. The change interval for the M3677 engine oil has gone up to an unprecedented 1000 hours. The Fendt VarioDrive powertrain builds up together with the perfectly aligned TA 300 Vario transmission.

The Fendt iD low-speed concept, geared towards high power reserves, is used in the 900 series for the first time. The nominal engine speed is 1700rpm. During idle running, the engine speed is a cool 650rpm.

The Fendt 900 Vario reaches a top speed of 60km/h at a fuel-saving 1450rpm, 50km/h at 1200rpm, and at 40km/h, the engine speed is just 950rpm. The maximum torque of up to 1970Nm is just 1100rpm on the top-end model Fendt 942 Vario.

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A small turning circle with full traction aids accuracy

The torque is distributed dynamically over the front and rear axle depending on ground conditions. The front axle is driven separately. The decoupling of the rear and front axle avoids tension on the road and on bends and allows full traction in the field. Especially during cornering, the tractor is pulled around the curve by the ‘pull-in turn’ effect. The result is a small turning circle with full traction.

The further development of the Fendt 900 Vario included implementing the new Emissions Stage V (EU). The exhaust gas in the new large tractor is purified with an exhaust after-treatment system using a diesel oxidation catalyst, a diesel particulate filter, and the popular Selective Catalytic Reduction technology (SCR) to reduce nitrogen. The MAN engine works with a common rail system at an injection pressure of 2500 bar. This high pressure optimises the combustion.

Full connectivity inside and outside the cab

The tractor cab with all its controls is the driver’s workplace. With the new Fendt 900 Vario comes a new class of cab, the Fendt Life Cab, introducing the latest connectivity to display machine data from the 900 Vario in real-time. With the basic ‘ready’ telemetry package, it has all the hardware you need to capture and send on the data for a variety of new services.

Smart Connect

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Smart Connect keeps track of work outputs and specifics

Smart Connect is a service for the driver in the tractor. The driver connects an iPad to the Fendt 900 Vario via the machine’s internal WiFi.

Machine parameters, such as the tractor position, worked area, speed, fuel consumption, and engine load, are sent straight to the tablet during use. This display can be plotted on a map or as a graphical sequence for the last 60 minutes.

The tablet’s screen serves as an additional display area for the successful Varioterminal. Smart Connect assists the driver to show information that is purely for control purposes and comes as standard on all ProfiPlus models.

For more grip worldwide 

The new Fendt 900 Vario was designed for heavy traction work on every field across the world. With its popular flange or bar axle, it offers a variety of different tyre combinations.

But in order to meet global requirements, there is also a 60-inch track variant for the new series. This means that the high-power tractor can be used for row-crop applications. The front axle, designed to fully power the tractor, has been further developed. Maintenance-free double-wishbone axles provide for hydropneumatic single-wheel suspension.

The VarioGrip tyre pressure regulation system, fully integrated by Fendt, is also available as an option for the new 900 series. What is unique, though, is that you can also adjust the tyre pressure for twin tyres from the comfort of the cab on the row-crop model by integrating it with the vehicle’s valve and air guidance technology. Even while driving.

If certain parameters are preset for one type of job, the FendtGrip Assistant, now offered for the first time for the 900-series, supports the driver in the Varioterminal – either determining the ideal ballast and the right tyre pressure at a pre-defined speed, or it can determine the best possible working speed and optimal tyre pressure if the ballast on the tractor is already fixed.

To bring the power to the ground, transfer traction, and increase the footprint, a new large tyre has been specially developed for the new 900-series, with a maximum diameter of 2.20 m (750/70R44).

More power with high-performance hydraulics

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Featuring a modular hydraulics system, there are two load-sensing pumps (LS) with 165 or 220 litres of flow capacity. Optional high-performance hydraulics of 430l/min with two independent hydraulics circuits can also be installed. Two autonomous axial piston pumps meet the requirements of different flow and pressure levels in the two active hydraulics circuits.

The volume flow is 220l/min at control pump one and 210l/min at control pump one. With built-in pressure limit valves, the pumps always supply the right amount of oil in their active circuits according to the pressure. The high hydraulic power is aligned with the low-speed concept Fendt iD.

Ready for more? Even more extras for customers

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In addition to performance and longevity, many customers are also interested in topics such as safety, comfort, or ease of use. The new 900 Vario sets standards here, too.
Infotainment system

For the first time, an infotainment system is offered as an option, operated on the tractor terminal. For the new high-end hands-free speaking system, eight inter-communicating microphones are integrated into the sunroof, suppressing interference and making speech clearer. This provides excellent call quality even during field use.

Customers can also have a new radio built-in that gives worldwide reception, as it includes all frequencies and sources (FM/AM/DAB+/HD radio). External audio sources (Bluetooth/USB/AUX-in) can also be played through the new sound system.

This is available in two different versions as an infotainment package with four speakers or as a premium version with a 4.1 sound system and subwoofer integrated into the soundbar. Two antennas are built in at a 90-degree angle into the side window, ensuring outstanding, reliable reception.

Retractable, multi-purpose tool compartment

Following customer feedback, an extendible multi-functional tool compartment was built in on the right side of the new 900 Vario. An individual storage solution for the driver, there’s room for a pull-out toolbox or a washing box with a 12-litre water tank.

TIM-ready for efficient teamwork

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The Fendt 900 Vario reaches a top speed of 60km/h at a fuel-saving 1450rpm

ISOBUS attachments are intuitively controlled on the Varioterminal. With the help of TIM (Tractor Implement Management), the settings of the tractor and attachment optimise themselves to increase the productivity of a machine combination.

With TIM-ready attachments, like the Fendt Tigo XR combi wagon, you can control certain tractor functions like the driving speed. As well as the Fendt 900 Vario, the TIM-ready option is available on all series with the current Varioterminal 10.4.

Electric telescopic mirrors

The new rear and wide-angle mirrors are electrically adjustable. Move the telescopic mirror in and out using the hotkey (button or touch) on the terminal. A mirror heater is also available as an option. 

New safety locking system

As well as the conventional locking system with conventional key, the new series will also be offered to customers with a safety locking system and combined immobiliser. This system ensures the highest level of security against machine theft and unauthorised fuel siphoning. This coded key is for the cab door, ignition lock, bonnet and fuel tank (unique for that vehicle).

The final word

Donny Cloney, Fendt product manager says, "The new technology in the 900 Vario Generation 6 is going to further reduce the cost of ownership for professional farmers and contractors in New Zealand.

"The 1000-hour engine oil changes and the Fendt ID low revving engine concept will significantly reduce running costs. Maximum torque being delivered at 1150rpm means less fuel burn, less engine heat, and less engine wear."

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