Inside the Tractor Cab - Convenience is Everything
24 Nov 235 min 28 sec

 After a month of running the Fendt 936 Vario, Layne talks about the in-cab experience.  

00:00 Coming at you from Miles Farms where we're talking about this Fent 9 36 Rio that's been on trial here for a month laying, 00:05 you spent some hours in the tractor seat. There's a lot of cool features. But you know what? I sat in there and it was pretty overwhelming. 00:11 There's a lot of technology in these pieces of equipment. Your thought, Well, first thought was it's like getting in a spaceship. I mean, there, 00:17 there is, there's, there's, there's several different screens in it. Uh, three that can be turned into two and a half. So I mean, it tells you there's, 00:24 there's more things you can do in that tractor than, than you really even know that you can do. All Right. Lot of buttons, but there's something cool. Jason, with Fent. 00:31 Tell me about this. There's four different colors of buttons. It's white and blue and orange anyway. Why are those buttons different colors? 00:37 How does that help me as a farmer? Everything's color coordinated in fent tractors going back all the way 20, 30 years ago. If anything's orange, it has to do with the drivetrain. 00:46 Yellow is PTO, blue is hydraulics and, and three point and white is technology. Or in the case of the fent one, freely assignable. 00:55 Freely assignable. That means you can make that button do something. Is that a benefit to a farmer? 01:02 Yeah, actually it really is. 'cause it, it makes it convenient. Uh, you know, generally you're used to, you plug it in, number one, well number one, 01:09 only work by this lever. Uh, now there it can be, it can be wherever you want it, wherever it's most convenient or, and say, or like on a grain cart and you, you go to throw your auger up. Well, 01:21 you don't need to mess with your auger if that sum gun's running. So you put it as far over to the side as you would like, 01:26 you would put it on number five or number six on a, on another tractor. But you put it over to where you're not gonna mess with it as you're dumping, 01:32 dumping your car. So just being able to put hydraulics where it's the most convenient is, is it's convenient. It 01:39 Is convenient. Hey Jason, um, we hear from farmers. We work with farmers. We're out here, guys like, you know, miles Farms, too many screens, 01:46 too much technology. It's overwhelming. Make things simpler. What's your response? 01:51 Well, we have it all built into the machine with the Fent one platform. We consider that a future-proof platform. So if you have things like, uh, 01:59 an ISO implement, you don't have to add a screen to run that implement. You can just hook it into the back of the tractor and, 02:06 and operate that monitor from our screen in, in the tractor cab. What's the ti i, ti i, you were talking about before we hit record on this, 02:14 what's ti mean? That's our teachin function. Okay. It allows, it's our fence headland management system. It allows you to, 02:20 to record a sequence of, of events that happen. So Something like polling field and dropping a planter. There's four different things that happen. It drops the planter, 02:28 the arm goes out, whatever. We set a marker, I can program one button to do all four of those things. That's correct. And when you get to the other end of the field, 02:35 you press one button and it does all those things in reverse. Okay. I like it. What else did you see? 02:40 What else did you observe in your time in the trash seat? More importantly, you stuck a couple of your hired guys in there. What are they, 02:44 what was the feedback you got? Yeah, so I, I had one specific guy that actually got to run it quite a few hours. He probably, I mean, he's probably got 40 or 50 hours in this tractor, uh, 02:55 come back, swap the implements and put it on a competitor. Tractor asked him, I said, man, what's, what's the difference? Number one, a tractor, a tractor's, 03:03 a tractor. We, we know that. But I mean, he, he told me, he said, look, he said, just being comfortable, being able to customize things that, 03:09 that are going on in here. And like Jason was saying, the fent TI being able to press a button and, and it start picking it up and speeding up or slowing down all by oppressive 03:20 button. This, this thing, being as customiz as it is, like I said, makes it super convenient and convenience is everything. Right. 03:27 We got a lot of hours in there. All right, Jason, anything that we've not covered? We talk about customizable cab, we talk about future proofing, we talk about technology. Let's face it, 03:34 technology's still going keep evolving. You know, in a few years we're gonna say, oh, we thought this was complicated. Now look. Well, and that's, and that's why we call it future proof. We're expecting, uh, 03:44 some changes in that technology in the next few years that, that this is gonna be able to, uh, be compatible with. Uh, you, 03:51 we've talked a lot about customization. You know, you can change the layout of your screens. You can change your, uh, the location of your hydraulic remotes. And, you know, 04:00 some people don't even realize you can name those hydraulic remotes. So, uh, we had a conversation earlier about a grain cart. You know, 04:07 if you can name which one is your AER fold, which one is your gate, which one is your spout tip? 04:12 So you put that new operator in there and it's laid out. He knows what each control does on that grain cart. Alright, 04:20 Last question. There are people that have, uh, employees from South Africa. Like you have people that come here that maybe, uh, struggle with English. 04:27 We got all kinds of different, uh, operators in different parts of the world. Um, does this make it easier for that kind of management or does it matter? 04:36 I think as long as, as long as the person can be, can be trained to run it, I think anybody can run it. I mean, once, kinda like, when I got in, 04:43 it was kind of, I thought it was a spaceship. I thought, ain't no way I can run this thing right. But Jason came, he's like, look, 04:48 this thing's not that complicated Uhhuh, here's what it does. And once he showed 'em, I'm like, okay, you're right. It's really, it's again, 04:54 a tractor's, a tractor. Mm-Hmm. It's, it's, it's gonna run, it's gonna put shanks down on the ground till ground up just like any other one 05:00 was. This one just has a few more bells and whistles that are pretty neat tractor's, A tractor. 05:04 We've come a long way when we're talking about this kind of technology. So anyway, we're profiling the Fent 9 36 Verio here at Miles Farm. 05:11 He's Jason with Fent. He's, uh, lane Miles. I'm Dave Mason. Share this with somebody that you know that wants to talk about the future, 05:16 about tractor technology and programmable uh, electronics inside the cab. Till next time, extreme