Australia’s first Fendt 1050 had its maiden voyage at Fendt dealer Peter Blair’s farm in Horsham (Traction Ag). The tractor was used for training Fendt dealers from Australia and New Zealand and to showcase it to the Australian media.
Fendt Product Manager, Donny Cloney, gave a detailed account of the Fendt’s performance on the day, saying “For the Fendt 1000 dealer training and media day, we knew we had to find a large implement for this tractor and prove to the gathering that we could get the 500 HP to the ground. The wheel slip is measured in a Fendt by comparing the GPS moving speed vs the transmission speed. This information then appears on the terminal.
“The maximum engine power was demanded in the 1050 by sinking the discs on a 40ft MF vertical tillage machine deep into the soil. Even with the forward speed slowing, no break in traction or increase in wheel slip occurred,” Donny said.
After the launch event, the Fendt 1050 undertook a demo tour of South Australia and Victoria so Australian farmers could put the German powerhouse to the test in their local conditions.
At the end of the Fendt 1000 Series demo tour, the tractor found a home with Richard and Anthony Verner broad acre farmers in Mallala, South Australia.
“To be honest I never envisaged myself owning a 1000 Series, I saw the unit on display at the Yorke Peninsula Field Days. I was impressed by the look of the tractor but at the time I didn’t believe I would ever own one as I didn’t feel it could do the work I demanded from my 500 HP articulated tractor for seeding,” said Richard.