With livestock producers now enjoying the kind of commodity price surge grain and oilseed growers experienced from 2008 to 2013 (although BSE once again looms as a threat to that for Canadian cattlemen), it’s no surprise the major brands are ramping up the profile of tractors and equipment that are best suited to stock farms to take advantage of that market potential.
Case IH marketing staff were eager to show off their updated Maxxum and Farmall 100A Series models at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky in mid February. This was one of the first public appearances for these tractors since they were introduced about a week prior to the event.
Both lines occupy the high end of the utility horsepower segment, spanning nearly identical power ranges. The Maxxum line includes five models from 115 to 145 engine horsepower.
“The line-up consists of four, four-cylinder models, a 115, 125, 135 and a 145,” says Dave Bogan, marketing manager for the Maxxum line. “And we will have one six-cylinder model within the family that is also at 145 rated engine horsepower, but we’re calling it the 150, because we’re going to give you those two extra cylinders.”
Instead of the two different chassis with different wheelbases that carried the previous Maxxum models, all the tractors in the line now get the same wheelbase, along with engines that meet Tier 4B emissions regulations.
“(The new wheelbase) is one inch longer than the (longest) wheelbase from the Tier 4A models,” Bogan adds. “We also have a better turning radius.”
And these tractors are also the first in the brand to get some subtle body style changes that will eventually sweep across all Case IH tractor lines.
“There’s dramatic new styling,” he adds. “A bold new look with a new hood design.”
To put behind the Tier 4B engines, buyers can choose one of two transmission options in the four-cylinder models, a CVT or semi-powershift. In the six-cylinder 150 model, the semi-powershift is your only alternative. These tractors can be ordered with an auto-guidance-ready package and a Pro 700 monitor. Up front, a new heavier axle is available to make the Maxxums more durable when fitted with a loader.
“We realized we were pushing the axles to the limit, so we we needed to upgrade the type of steel that we put in these hubs to avoid any major failures,” adds Bogan.
The tractors can be ordered with a “CLR” (Complete Loader Ready) package. Adding a loader is then just a matter of making the final connections.
Farmall 100A series
The new Farmall 100A Series includes four models from 110 to 140 engine horsepower, offering the same muscle as the Maxxums, but at a budget price and with some lower-spec tractor features.
“Going back to Tier 3 (versions), we had a value (Maxxum) model. We dropped that. That’s where the Farmall 100A fits in the product offering,” Bogan explains.
“We offer this as an economy level tractor, it’s a basic workhorse, whereas the Maxxum is more of a premium-level tractor,” adds Dennis Stroo, marketing manager for the Farmall line. “Depending on your application, basically how many hours a day you’re spending inside that cab and what price you want to be at, we can offer two levels of tractors.”
The Farmall 100As get the same new hood styling as the Maxxums and a redesigned cab. “The controls are nicely laid out,” says Stroo. “We have a couple of new options our customers really like, one being the high-visibility roof panel. It makes it really easy to look at, say, a round bale on the loader at the highest lift point.”
For a video look, go to the e-quipTV page on grainews.ca.