MASSEY FERGUSON’S combine-harvester line-up receives a boost with the launch of two new ranges in addition to current Cerea models.

The new Activa and Beta ranges are both sourced from Italian combine and baler manufacturer Laverda, although Massey Ferguson is keen to stress that the new models are highly influenced by MF technology.

The new combines are all conventional straw-walker machines powered by Iveco engines ranging from 220hp to 305hp. All three Activa models can host cutter-bars varying in width from 4.6m (14ft) to 6.6m (20ft). The basic MF 7244 boasts five straw walkers, a separation area of 6.7sq m and a 7000-litre grain tank.

Beta models differ in that they are fitted with an extra rotary separator and concave after the main drum.

A “Powerfeed” roller system is also used to give a constant crop flow between the table and the main crop elevator. MF claims this system distributes the crop evenly across the full width of the elevator to maximise the potential of the threshing unit.

“MF produces over 3500 combines each year, with the key market being the Americas,” says company vice-president of marketing Declan Hayden.

“With the launch of these new ranges we are aiming to really boost European market share.”

Due to be on the market in time for next season, MF Activa and Beta ranges are both available with the EQS (Electronic Quoting System) servicing software – designed to give customers a definite guide to maintenance costs for new machines.

MF Activa and Beta combines

Activa range

MF 7244 MF 7245 MF 7246

Cutting width 4.2m – 6.0m 4.8m – 6.0m 4.8m – 6.0m No.

Straw Walkers 5 5 6

Separation area 6.7sq m 6.7sq m 8.3sq m

Grain tank 7,000 litres 7,000 litres 7,500 litres

Price (including header) £91,260 £97,850 £106,280

Beta range

MF 7260 MF 7270

Cutting width 4.8m – 6.6m 5.4m – 6.6m

No. Straw Walkers 5 6

Separation area 7.6sq m 9.0sq m

Grain tank 9,000 litres 9,000 litres

Price (Including header) 125,680 140,770