AGCO has one of the Richest Heritages in the Farm Equipment Industry. With more Innovations and Industry Firsts than most other companies. The Innovation has not ceased but continues to grow with each new generation introduced. But this thread takes a look back at some of the major innovations in agriculture that are from AGCO Heritage. Hope you enjoy.
Did you know an AGCO Heritage Company created the word "Tractor"? Hart-Parr the Founder of the Tractor Industry simplified the description from Traction Engine and created the word Tractor. When you can it a Tractor...don't forget that it all started by an AGCO Heritage Company...Hart-Parr!
HESSTON revolutionized the Round Baler Design with the Open Throat Vertical Bale Chamber Design...it reduced the number of components and removed the Press Roller Theory & Design for Round Balers. Not only HESSTON Patented Design but other brands use this same Patent Design from HESSTON. And another AGCO Heritage First!
Did you know it was Oliver Tractors that First Used Rubber Tracks on it's Crawler Tractors. Not only did they sell Rubber Track Tractors but Oliver used them in their Warehouses on Concrete & Hard Surfaced Floors for Parts & Wholegoods they stored. Ruth & Mike remember then in action at the Kansas City Warehouse when they would pick up Parts & Wholegood Accessories.
Did you know AGCO Heritage Company: Allis Chalmers was the First to use Pneumatic (Air) Tires on a Tractor. If your Tractor has Pneumatic Tires you need to Thank the Engineers at Allis Chalmers for being the First to Use them on Tractors
If your tractor uses Loading Sensing Hydraulics Allis Chalmers was the First to Use Load Sensing Hydraulics way back in 1973 on the 7030 & 7050. Load Sensing Hydraulics consists of variable displacement piston pump controlled by a pressure compensator which regulates both pressure and flow to match the load. Loading Sensing Hydraulics increase the efficiency and life of the hydraulic system components. And it all started by an AGCO Heritage Company!
If you like the Flexibility & Adjustability of Tilt &Telescopic Steering Column...You need to Thank the Innovators of AGCO Heritage Company...Oliver Farm Equipment.
In 1962, Oliver Introduced the 1600 Tractor that featured Tilt-O-Scope Steering/ A foot pedal was depressed to Tilt the Steering and the Steering Wheel Center was turned to provide Telescoping of the Steering Wheel.
Next time you Tilt or Telescope Your Steering Wheel...Don't forget AGCO Heritage Innovation was the First!
Don't let others steer you wrong. AGCO was the First to Offer Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR) Technology on a Tractor. The Massey Ferguson 8600, AGCO DT-B & Challenger MT600C where the First Tractors to use Diesel Exhaust Fluid to meet the Emission Requirements. What many forget is that AGCO offered an EGR Engine or SCR Engine at the same time on these tractors. The SCR Engine was 15% better Fuel Economy because it got rid of pre-exhuast emission equipment and treated the exhaust post combustion. That's why AGCO seen the advantages of SCR and was forward thinking to help keep the money in your pocket not your fuel supplier.
If you use SCR Technology or DEF it all started because of the Innovators at AGCO!
If you use a Minimum Till Drill you need to Thank the AGCO Heritage Innovators at Cockshutt.
In 1929 during the Depression Era ...Cockshutt produced the Tiller Combine which incorporated a one way disc and a seedbox attached...thus creating the World's First Minimum Till Drill. It saved not only time for the farmer but conserved mositure in the soil and less top soil could be blown away.
Next time you hook to your Minimum Till Drill...Thank the Innovators from AGCO rich heritage for doing it first!
Do you use a Combine? Did you know that Massey Harris way back in 1938 built the First Self-Contained & Self-Propelled Combine with Engine & Transmission all built on the same platform. With this deign the Engine. Transmission could be matched to Processing System of the Combine.
So when your harvesting crops with a Combine...remember it was Massey Ferguson Heritage that created the First! AGCO Heritage has one of the Richest Heritages in Agriculture and continue that Tradition of Innovations Today.
If you like the convenience of a Side Mounted Fuel Tank...need to Thank the Innovators from AGCO Heritage Brand: Allis Chalmers.
As tractors evolved over the years location of the fuel tank became an issue. In 1984 Allis Chalmers was awarded a Patent for the Side Mounted Fuel Tank. Not only did the side mounted fuel tank help in tractor design but added the benefit of ground level fueling...making it easier to fill the tractor.
So next time your filling your Side Mounted Fuel Tank...remember it all started back in 1984 with the innovative minds from an AGCO Heritage Company at Allis Chalmers.
If you use a Big Square Baler...Thank the Innovators at HESSTON! In 1978 HESSTON was the first to offer a Bigger & Better Way to package Hay,,,the Big Square Baler was Introduced. Critics said it would never work but this machine features over 50 Patents and has changed the way hay is packaged forever...and other crops like BioMass too!
If you use the 3-Point Hitch on a Tractor...need to Thank AGCO Heritage Innovator: Harry Ferguson
In 1926 Harry Ferguson patented his idea on how to hook a plow to a tractor ...the 3-Point Hitch. Ferguson licensed the rights to put his 3-Point Hitch on a Tractor to Henry Ford. The deal was made with a handshake agreement in the middle of a field where they had pulled a kitchen table out into the field. Ferguson licensed the agreement until Henry Ford passed away and his son refused to pay Ferguson the agreed price. Harry Ferguson created his First Ferguson Tractor to install his Invention on. And started a tradition that would later become Massey Ferguson.
So next time you hook up an implement to the 3-Point Hitch...remember it all started way back in 1926 with Harry Ferguson, an AGCO Heritage.