“I started farming in the late 1980s. It was a challenge for sure, as I was young and worked the land by myself as a woman. One thing is for sure, I hated it when my tractors broke down. My brother, an authorized AGCO dealer, recommended Fendt as the best.” However, Fendt was unavailable in South Africa at that time.
During her overseas search for equipment for her tannery business, Tharina had the experience of watching Fendt tractors effortlessly harvest crops in Italy. The German technology was world class but still unavailable locally. Shortly thereafter she put plans in place to import a Fendt. Little did she know that AGCO had already been given a green light to bring Fendt in South Africa. Unexpectedly, her brother gave her a call one day and said ‘I have something special for you,’ says Tharina. Upon her arrival at the dealership, she was greeted by the sight of a Fendt 1050 tractor which she bought on the spot. ‘I couldn’t resist its beauty which brought back memories of seeing it working the land in Italy’ concludes Tharina.
Tharina has been a loyal supporter of Fendt for many years. Her motivation is simple: Fendt’s reputation for providing hardworking equipment has proven itself time and time again. The four models in the combine harvester range are the Fendt IDEAL 7, 8, 9 and 10. The Fendt IDEAL 7 is a single-helix rotor, while 8, 9 and 10 are dual-helix rotors with different 3D wave pan designs. The internal working of the dual-helix rotor system provides the grain quality of a hybrid machine with the capacity and throughput of a rotary machine. The Fendt IDEAL 7 has an AGCO Power engine while the 8, 9 and 10 feature different MAN engines, explains Johan Coetzer, Parys Sales Representative.