New release: Fendt 1100 Vario MT Series

By: Chris McCullough


Fendt introduced its new series of tracked tractors, along with a number of updates, at a press launch in Germany

It really is testing times for large machinery manufacturers, who’ve spent years developing their latest equipment, but have no outlet to launch them to potential customers, as shows around the globe fall victim to COVID-19 regulations.

Fendt has introduced the new 1100 Vario MT Series, which means the manufacturer’s tracked tractors enter the 511hp to 673hp power range.

This gives the Fendt 1167 Vario MT the highest horsepower of any tracked tractor with a stepless transmission on the market.

Some of the latest technologies on the new series include a pivoting drawbar and pivoting rear power lift, a newly developed Smart Ride+ suspension design along with all the familiar Fendt controls.

With the introduction of four models in the Fendt Vario MT Series, Fendt says its entire range, including tracked tractors, has a power range of 70hp to 673hp.

New Series models

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Fendt has introduced the new 1100 Vario MT Series with four models ranging from 511hp to 673hp

Power to the 511hp Fendt 1151 Vario MT, 564hp Fendt 1156 Vario MT, and 618hp Fendt 1162 MT models is supplied via a MAN six-cylinder engine with a cubic capacity of 15.2 litres. Under the hood of the Fendt 1167 Vario MT is a MAN six-cylinder engine with a cubic capacity of 16.2 litres and a maximum power output of 673hp. This engine size suits the high power class of the high-end model of the Fendt 1100 Vario MT series. 

The top end model Fendt 1167 Vario MT is specially designed for applications with demanding auxiliary consumers, such as the high hydraulic output of an air seeder.
Both engines meet the European Stage V emissions standard with exhaust gas recirculation, diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC), diesel particulate filter (DPF), and familiar SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) technology. The service interval has also been extended to 500 hours.

Making them move

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Power to the 511hp Fendt 1151 Vario MT, 564hp Fendt 1156 Vario MT and 618hp Fendt 1162 MT models is supplied via a MAN six-cylinder engine

Talking transmission, the new Fendts boast the Fendt VarioDrive gearbox, similar to the one in wheel tractors as to how it works. The only difference is both hydromotors act on the rear axle in the absence of a front axle.

The Fendt VarioDrive powertrain and the Fendt iD low-speed concept are already familiar from the large tractors Fendt 1000 Vario and Fendt 900 Vario, as well as the Fendt 900 Vario MT tracked tractor.

The Fendt iD low-speed concept works particularly effectively with the VarioDrive powertrain and is designed for high power reserves. This allows the engine to operate at a fuel-saving 1500rpm with a maximum torque of 3100Nm.

The two hydromotors of the hydrostatic mechanical powertrain in the Fendt 1100 Vario MT swivel independently of each other. The Hydro-Motor 2 is also automatically completely disconnected at high speeds when unladen, which eliminates drag losses. The hydraulic fan cools the engine perfectly at any engine speed and significantly increases efficiency. 

Traction capacity

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The new 1100 Vario MT series features a newly developed Smart Ride+ suspension design along with all the familiar Fendt controls

The SmartRide suspension, known from the Fendt 900 Vario MT, has been adapted and added to this power segment for the Fendt 1100 Vario MT. SmartRide+ includes two controllable hydraulic cylinders which balance out weight shifts during the work process, giving the Fendt 1100 Vario MT maximum traction capacity on the field without any interruption in traction power.

The hydraulic cylinders can also be controlled directly from the cab to lower the vehicle at the front. This allows the front weight to be easily attached and detached without the need for additional devices.

As part of the tracked drive, the four central track rollers, Fendt Longlife rollers, are suspended in such a way that they flexibly follow the ground contours to maximise traction.
Fendt Longlife track rollers feature a ring made with a patented polyurethane connection.

It’s more resistant to heat and tearing and increases the service life of the tracks. The Fendt Longlife roller rings are also easy to replace, reducing maintenance work and, with that, costs. Similar to the Fendt 900 Vario MT, the new Fendt 1100 Vario MT also features a high-performance hydraulics system with two optional load sensing pumps (2 x 220 l/min).

Pivot swing

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Four central track rollers are suspended in such a way that they flexibly follow the ground contours to maximise traction

A special highlight of this machine is the exclusive pivoting swinging drawbar and pivoting rear power lift. The pivoting swinging drawbar can be swivelled 28 degrees in either direction, while the pivoting rear power lift with three-point suspension has a movement radius of 12 degrees in both directions.

This means the pivot point of the attachment moves to the tractor’s natural pivot point and the attachment runs with much more directional stability in combination with a tracking system.

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