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DULUTH, Ga. (July 19, 2010) – Gabe Lopez of Oakley, Calif., is the winner of the Massey Ferguson® tractor, one of three prizes awarded through a random drawing by the World Ag Expo. Lopez receives 200 hours of use of a low-profile Massey Ferguson 2680 HD tractor which was recently delivered to his farm.
"This is a real thrill. I was honestly shocked when I was called and informed I had won the tractor drawing," recalls Lopez, who selected the low-profile version of the tractor for use on his family's 500-acre vineyard. "I have been to a few expos before, but this was the first time I attended the World Ag Expo. The Expo itself was a lot of fun, and I plan on going each year – winning this tractor puts my experience over the top." Lopez' name was drawn from those of individuals who registered online to attend World Ag Expo 2010. In addition to the Massey Ferguson tractor, a Yamaha Rhino 700 FI 4x4 and Free Fuel for a Year from Fleet Card Fuel were grand prizes offered as incentives to pre-register online.
The Lopez family produces wine grapes which are sold to local wineries. The new tractor will be used to pull mowers and move other equipment and materials around the vineyard and assist with the harvest season in the early fall.
The MF2680 HD tractor is ideal for environments with low overhead clearance – a definite challenge Lopez and his family face each day. "The low-profile tractor will provide some added flexibility around the vineyard. Maneuvering machinery around vines is a delicate process, but something we need to do to cover 500 acres. Having this tractor also will allow us to better coordinate our pest management programs and complete routine maintenance," says Lopez.
David Heckenliable, farm equipment salesman for JM Equipment of Manteca, Calif., was on hand when the tractor was delivered to Lopez' vineyard.
"All of us at JM Equipment are thrilled for Gabe," says Heckenlaible. "We have seen a lot of demand for this low-profile tractor platform. Customers are impressed with the new style of these tractors, the tilt-up hood for easy servicing and the improved ergonomics of the control area, as well as the hydraulic brakes and tier-3 engine."
JM Equipment made sure the tractor was field ready and serves as Lopez' contact point for any machine operation and service needs. The 170-employee dealer has four locations serving northern California and the San Joaquin Valley area, and has sold Massey Ferguson products for more than 10 years.
The HD Series offers up to 25 percent more usable standard weight than comparable tractors, and offers the combination of power and agility needed to complete the toughest jobs in spaces with low clearance. "AGCO couldn't be more excited for Gabe Lopez and his family. It's rewarding to see the tractor going to someone who will truly put it to good use in a farming operation," says Rene Boivin, AGCO product manager. "Even though this tractor has a powerful turbo-charged engine, it is nimble enough to work in the small spaces where larger tractors simply can't."
"HD Series 2600 tractors bring customers rugged, versatile, no-nonsense performance whether working in orchards, around vineyards, in livestock operations or other environments with limited clearance," Boivin adds. "It is a prime example of Massey Ferguson's leadership in the utility tractor industry and relentless dedication to understanding and providing our customers with the machines they need to make their jobs easier."
For more information about the Massey Ferguson HD Series utility tractor contact your local Massey Ferguson dealer or visit www.masseyferguson.com.