Dana Inc. announced the expansion of a joint engineering agreement with Fendt, a worldwide brand of AGCO. Over the past three years, the companies have co-developed advanced Spicer 980 independent suspended axles for the new Fendt 900 Vario series of large tractors.
Ranging from 296 to 415 hp., the five new Fendt 900 Vario tractors provide better fuel efficiency, uptime, and agronomic benefits through features such as the Fendt tractor management system and Fendt stepless VarioDrive continuously variable transmission.
The Fendt 942 Vario tractor, the largest in the new series, is featured at Agritechnica 2019 this week. The tractor was awarded "Tractor of the Year 2020" honors at a ceremony on Sunday.
The Spicer 980 axle features an independent front suspension, which provides isolation from body vibration. With approximately eight inches of vertical movement, the axle provides stable ground contact and traction on uneven field terrain. According to the company, the configuration provides improved vehicle control, operator comfort, traction, and handling characteristics for safer operation, especially at on-road speeds.
Additionally, the Spicer 980 axle is designed to support Fendt's proprietary tire inflation system.
"The exceptional performance of Fendt tractors is enhanced through our shared market knowledge, deep technical expertise, and commitment to customer centricity," said Aziz Aghili, president of Dana Off-Highway. "We look forward to working with AGCO to further improve the class-leading features, capabilities, and comfort of the next generation of Fendt tractors."