Farm Classics with Peter O’Brien
THE curvy-nosed Massey Ferguson 6200 collection was launched in November 1999 and took over the reins from the 6100 collection of tractors.
The 135hp 6290 was the flagship of the seven tractors within the line-up and a direct alternative for the dated trying 6190.
Points with reliability and electrical gremlins had plagued Massey Ferguson for the reason that early 90s, which the agency was decided to place to mattress because it entered the brand new millennium.
The 6290 sits on a brief wheelbase, clocks in a 5.5tons and is fitted with a 135hp Perkins engine. This trio makes for a nimble, light-weight tractor interesting.
Carry capability tops out at 7tons whereas 105 l/min of oil circulate is achieved on tractors fitted with a closed centre hydraulic pump, all of which make for a very versatile machine.
A pleasing place to spend a working day, the cab is accessed by means of vast opening door and beneficiant steps. The facet console homes the gearstick, whereas the precise hand armrest has linkage controls and will also be fitted with spool valve controls.
Massey Fergusons customary wrap-around rear home windows support the general view from the seat whereas the analogue sprint has easy but informative structure.
The 6290 is fitted with a passenger seat and whereas the motive force has ample headroom, a taller passenger could wrestle with the low roof!
The 6290 is fitted with Massey’s Dynashift transmission, providing the operator 4 semi-powershift ranges inside 4 gears, in addition to a excessive/low possibility.
A stubby console mounted gear lever – famend for being stiff – gives the primary 4 gears, in addition to the excessive/low ranges by knocking the lever to the precise when in impartial.
The steering column mounted shuttle additionally doubles as much as choose the 4 Dynashift ranges (A-D) by merely flicking the lever up or down.
At all times inside simple attain of the operator’s fingertips, the letter is highlighted on the sprint indicating which DynaShift gear is engaged.
A further possibility was Dynashift Plus, which supplied computerized pace matching, financial system mode and energy mode.
Moreover, the 6290 might be specified with entrance axle suspension in addition to entrance PTO, 4 spool valves and Datatronic onboard computer-proving to be a helpful tractor in fundamental format, however a Swiss Military knife in top-end guise.
Apparently, when the 6290 hit the market – the guided promoting worth was €65,000 excluding VAT, a far cry from the worth tag of right this moment’s tractors!
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Massey Ferguson 6290
Years of manufacture