Case IH introduced its new line of combines along with changes to the Magnum and Maxxum tractor lines and a new Patriot sprayer at the U.S. Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois, at the end of August.
In addition to those new machines, the company added a B Series line to its family of Farmall utility tractors and an applicator toolbar of interest to row-crop farmers in the U.S. Case IH management also showed it recognizes the growing importance of precision farming and telematics products in today s marketplace by announcing it intends to put more emphasis on its Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) products.
Here s a look at what the company had to show off, with the exception of the Maxxum tractor line. We ll take a close look at it in anotherGrainewsarticle.
Case IH announced it intends to create a separate division within the company that will work with its technology provider, Trimble, to create additional products. This partnership will mean more joint development of precision applications and services designed specifically for Case IH equipment, says Trevor Mecham, AFS marketing manager.
In the near term, though, it does have something new to introduce for 2012: the new AFS 700 touchscreen display. It will become a built-in feature on all Steiger, Magnum and Puma tractors along with Axial-Flow combines and Patriot sprayers. The 700 has a faster processing speed and is compatible with the new Variety Tracking software option, which has an input and crop-production management function.
NEXT GENERATION COMBINES
For 2012, 30 Series Axial-Flow combines replace the current models. There are six of these next generation machines, ranging from Class V to Class IX capacities. Two of them, the 7130 and 7230, are actually both Class VII models. Combines in that size range are the biggest sellers in North America, so the company is giving farmers looking for something in that category two options to choose from.
Interim Tier 4-compliant, FPT Powertrain Technologies engines will power all Case IH s new high-horsepower products for 2012. The smallest combine, the 5130, gets a 6.7 litre. The Class VI and VIIs, the 6130, 7130 and 7230 models, get an 8.7 litre. The two largest machines, the 8230 and 9230, get the 12.9 litre, giving them 30 and 20 more horsepower respectively when compared to previous models.
Case IH claims producers can expect up to 10 per cent better fuel efficiency with the new IT4 diesels. Idle speed has been dropped to 600 RPM to further improve that. The engines deliver power through CVT transmissions.
The 7230, 8230 and 9230 have a self-levelling grain pan to reduce sidehill losses, and electronic sieve adjustment will be standard on all six models. To transfer grain, the unloading auger capacities grow by 40 per cent. At 4.5 bushels per second, the 9230 gets one of the fastest unloading speeds in the industry. For those machines using very wide headers, an optional 31-foot unloading auger kit is available.
NEW, BIGGER MAGNUM
The maximum horsepower rating in the Magnum line will jump by 30 in late 2012 with the addition of a new 370 CVT model. With a rated 370 hp, maximum output is boosted to 419 making this the most powerful rigid-frame, MFWD tractor on the market. The new Magnum 370 CVT will represent our most powerful MFD tractor yet, says John Bohnker, Case IH marketing manager for Magnum tractors.
Beginning in late 2012, the 235 to 340 models in the Magnum line will be available with the CVT option, too. The new CVT transmission for the Magnum 235-370 models utilizes a similar design as the CVT in the current Magnum 180 to 225 Series, providing excellent mechanical efficiency through a four-gear range system, says Bohnker.
The new 370 will use a heavy-duty Surround Frame. This chassis provides the strength and working- weight ballast necessary to transfer that much horsepower to the axles.
The 370 gets the standard Case IH MultiControl armrest; its use through most of the company s tractor models provides a standardized control layout.
Case IH s flagship sprayer model, the 4420, gets an update and becomes the 4430. An 8.7 litre FPT engine rated at 325 horsepower gives the 4430 12 per cent more power than its predecessor. The 8.7 s power growth capability pushes horsepower to 356 at 2,100 RPM, just in case you need a little extra to get through a tough spot in the field.
In front of the 1,200 gallon tank, the cab grows larger. A new 132 cubic-foot version has more glass area, over 90 square feet of it. Its similar to the cab on the Steiger tractor line. The right-hand control console moves in unison with the seat, so the operator s arm stays in place on the controls as the seat suspension moves.
The 4430 is available with an optional 120-foot boom, which folds and unfolds with the activation of a single switch. An optional AFS 700 display screen allows for control of all sprayer functions on one screen.