The New Holland brand started off by making a name for itself in haying equipment. Over the years as the brand has expanded its product line and global reach, that presence and reputation in the forage equipment market has remained its main marketing advantage. I’ve spoken to many of the brand’s executives several times over the past few years and one message has always been consistent: they intend to hold onto that reputation.
To do help that, the company has been releasing a steady stream of updates to products like its balers and windrower. But executives have said they see a need to look beyond updating just those implements. To really stay ahead in the forage equipment market, they think it requires offering producers an equipment package that includes a baler and tractor designed specifically to work together.
So, NH tractors have recently seen a number of mechanical and digital upgrades that make them better companions for the brand’s round and square balers. In February, NH announced its latest tractor update, saying it “re-engineered” its T5 tractor line, which is now Tier 4 emissions-compliant.
“New Holland is a strong brand with a loyal customer base in livestock operations, hay producers and family farms,” said Gary Wojcuk, brand marketing manager for New Holland North America, in a press announcement. “The upgrades made to our T5 Tier 4B tractor build on that family heritage, to create a tractor that is more technologically advanced, better balanced, and more comfortable in every aspect for the operator. Styling has also been brought into line with that of the higher powered T6 and T7 series.”
The T5s are now available with the optional Terraglide suspended front axle. And to smoothen out the ride for the operator even more, that can be paired with the Comfort Ride cab suspension feature. And front axle brakes are now available.
There is also a new heavy-duty, fixed front axle option to go along with a beefier chassis that will allow the tractor’s gross weight to jump from a maximum 16,320 pounds to 17,637 (7,418 to 8,016 kilograms). It also makes the tractor more durable for front-end loader work.
At the back end, engineers have beefed things up there as well, boosting three-point hitch lift capacity to 8,084 pounds (3,674 kilograms). SCV connections have been moved to a more convenient location, too.
Under the hood the 3.4 litre diesels use compact SCR and low rate EGR emissions treatment systems. The company claims these engines now offer 345 foot-pounds of torque in the 107 horsepower T5.110 model and 362 foot-pounds in the117 horsepower T5.120. They hit that number at 1,500 r.p.m. And buyers get a choice of four transmissions to mate to those engines, including a new, optional AutoShift function with road and field modes. The field mode controls both engine speed and transmissions gear shifting.
In the cab buyers can now choose a mechanical or electro-hydraulic joystick that combines loader and transmissions shifting functions. An NH IntelliView III or IV monitor can be ordered with these models so the tractor can control any Class 2 ISOBUS-compatible implement.
And to keep going into the night, a new LED four-light package is available that puts out 7,800 lumens in a broad spread pattern. †