Massey Ferguson is the latest maker to announce that it will offer tracks on its combines.
This is significant as it now means that all the big combine manufacturers – Claas, New Holland, MF, John Deere, Case IH and Deutz-Fahr – will soon be able to offer in-house tracks as well as tyres on their machines. And some of the makers believe that a high proportion of their bigger models will go out with tracks rather than tyres.
Details of the MF tracks are still sketchy, but the plan is to use the well-tried track technology from Agco stablemate Challenger as the basis for tracks on its larger eight-walker Centora and hybrid Delta combines next year.
Two belt widths are likely to be offered and the fully integrated system will initially allow speeds of 30kph, with 40kph machines possible further down the line.
We haven’t seen any pictures of what the tracks will look like but our artist has used his imagination to magic some unfeasibly big Challenger tracks on to an MF combine to whet your appetite.