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New tracks for row crop growers

Case IH puts tracks on the back of its Magnum tractor to help row crop growers get to the fields sooner with less compaction

It’s been 18 years since Case IH launched its Quadtrac tractor. In 2012, Case IH introduced the Steiger Rowtrac.

Now Case IH is giving row crop growers access to track technology with its new Magnum Rowtrac, a machine that joins a oscillating rear-track system to a wide variety of front tire options.

Zach Hetterick, Case IH’s marketing manager, high horsepower tractors, says the new machine will provide “better flotation and improved maneuverability with more flexibility.”

Adding tracks

“This is not a set of tracks bolted on to a Magnum,” Hetterick said, “This is a Magnum built for a set of tracks.”

Case IH says the flotation offered by the tracks can help farmers get into the field sooner, and create less compaction. The system offers four points of contact, Hetterick says. Rear traction “keeps the power to the ground.”

The machine was designed with weight distribution in mind, as todays’ farmers are pulling wider, heavier equipment. “Where traditional tires just wouldn’t perform, the Magnum Rowtrac outperforms two-track tractors as well,” Hettering said.

The front tires

Farmers can choose either singles or duals for the front end. The tires for the Magnum Rowtrac require 40 per cent less air pressure than a standard radial.

Case IH offers an optional new universal wide axle for the Magnum Rowtrac. The universal wide axle is six inches wider on either side than a standard axle. It works for all row spacings, and can be adjusted for all tread spacings.

The universal wide axle and the standard axle are both available with suspended or standard configurations, giving buyers a total of four options.

Farmers can choose narrow or wide undercarriage options, with four potential track widths: 16, 18, 24 or 30 inches. The tractor’s track width can be adjusted to accommodate several different corn row spacings: 20, 22, 30, 34, 36, 38 or 40 inches.

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Under the hood

The Magnum Rowtrac comes in two models: the 340 and the 380. Each has an 8.7 litre engine. Of course, both models meet Tier 4 B emissions requirements.

“We’ve got our CVT transmission available for all models,” Hetterick says. Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) comes standard on the 380 and on 340s with tread spacings over 136 inches. Farmers buying the 340 with tread spacings under 136 inches can choose a full power shift transmission or the CVT.

Hetterick says the various options equip the tractor for different uses. “Whether it’s planting, tillage, harvesting, or pulling a grain cart, this tractor gives you the flexibility and versatility for nearly all of those applications.

The comfort options

Minor changes may make the Magnum Rowtrac nicer to handle for those long days. One of these changes is the addition of a scroll button that allows the operator to increase speed in tenth of a mile-increments with the touch of a thumb.

There’s strong feedback on buttons, so you can be sure you’ve hit the right place, and the things you need are backlit, for better viewing at night.

Seats come with a new cooling feature, which will probably be of more use to row crop growers further south than the Canadian Prairies, but even Canadians will be happy to see the new adjustable bench seat coming out on newer models, which should make things a little more comfortable on farms where the main operators are very different heights.

The Magnum Rowtrac comes with new lighting packages that Case IH’s press release says provide “ better positioned lightning for reduced eye strain when working into the night.

And finally, for farmers who worry about this kind of thing, the new Magnum Rowtrac has a new styled cab roof , for a “sleek new look.”

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Leeann Minogue is the editor of Grainews.

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