The MF 4708 quality, features and affordability make a great all-rounder for Tomarata dairy farmer, Brian Mason.
Northland dairy farmer Brian Mason describes his new Massey Ferguson 4708 as a great utility tractor and ideally suited for his dairy operation.
Brian and his staff milk 1000 cows on his farm, Waikauri View Farms, which is at Tomarata, east of Wellsford. Brian has run Massey Fergusons for about 10 years and bought the new MF 4708 in October, with a second identical machine due to arrive in August.
Brian says he likes Massey Fergusons because they are “common-sense tractors” that are perfect for use on a dairy farm. He looked at several models before buying the first MF 4708 last year. It was an upgrade to his previous MF 4245 tractor.
“I like it better than the 4245. We picked this one because they are right up there with technology in this category of tractor, and we get good service,” Brian says.
“We will use them both for general-purpose dairy farm jobs, such as hay and silage feeding, spraying and loader work.”
Brian’s MF 4708 is a roll-over protection (ROPs) tractor, which he says is better for staff getting in and out throughout the day. It is part of Massey Ferguson’s Global Series, which offers high performance and strength within a straightforward range of tractors that provide exceptional efficiency.
The MF 4708 is known for reliability, ruggedness and fuel economy. It has a 4.4-litre AGCO Power, four-cylinder engine that delivers 85hp. It has been designed with simplicity of operation at its heart. It is easy to use and provides plenty of comfort.
Every component of the tractor’s chassis has been well built, which is a major factor in the tractor’s overall performance. The MF 4708 features an all-new synchronised transmission that provides 12 forward and 12 reverse speeds, courtesy of two ranges. Its 65 litres/minute pump is a simple, open-centre hydraulic system, powered by two gear pumps, providing all the internal services.The rear linkage boasts an impressive lift capacity of 3000kg, allowing heavy mounted equipment to be lifted with ease.
Brian says the MF 4708 is extremely safe and suitable for all his staff to use.
“It has got a low centre of gravity and is very stable on hill country. The wheels are set wide so it is very safe and well balanced,” he says.
“It’s very user friendly and has a good loader on it and good hydraulics. I have various staff driving it and there’s no trouble. It is well-appointed and easy for anyone to operate.
“They are pretty affordable and are good value for money. It’s just a basic tractor but it’s very good.”
Brian purchased his two new MF4708 tractors from Bryant Tractors in Whangarei and receives great backup and service from the dealership.