Continuously variable transmission is now available on Case IH Magnum 180, 190, 210 and 225 tractors. CVT is simple to use, even with minimal training, which makes it the ideal transmission for less experienced operators, the company says. You select the working speed, and the tractor’s “diesel saver automatic productivity management” (APM) system automatically and continuously adjusts the engine output to do the work most efficiently. You can store up to three different pre-set speed ranges for easy transition from field speed to turning speed to road speed. Top speed is 50 km/h.
Case IH says its CVT combines the stepless speed variability of hydrostatic transmission with the mechanical efficiency of a traditional gear-on-gear transmission. “Four mechanical forward and two reverse gears carry the bulk of the load throughout the Magnum tractor’s operating speed range, allowing a higher level of efficiency than many infinitely variable transmissions,” the news release reads. CVT is an upgraded version of the CVX transmission, which has been available on Steyr tractors in Europe for 10 years. Steyr is a sister company to Case IH.
CVT is standard on Magnum 225, but optional on the others. The standard transmission for Models 180, 190 and 210 is 19F6R full Powershift.
CVT AN OPTION ON FARMALL COMPACTS
Not just for big tractors, continuously variable transmission (CVT) is now an option for the Farmall 40, 45 and 50 Models. CVT automatically selects the best gear ratio for the desired speed. The operator no longer has to select or shift gears. “Pulling a load with a CVT equipped Farmall is easier than driving a pickup with an automatic transmission,” says Greg Lucey, Case IH Farmall marketing manager.
While on the topic of Farmall tractors, Case IH also has a new “no nonsense” series called Farmall A, another throw-back to the olden days. These models don’t have the CVT option. They have a “straightforward mechanical transmission” with eight forward and two reverse gears. The two smaller models have optional 8×8 synchronized shift.
Four Farmall A models will be available in 2010. The smallest, Farmall 45A, has 45 engine hp and 39 PTO hp. The largest, Farmall 75A, has 75 engine hp and 66 PTO hp. The 540-rpm PTO turns on with the flip of a lever and stays engaged when you clutch, shift and turn. Mechanical front wheel drive is optional. Three-point-hitch lift capacity is up to 2,954 pounds.
WOR KEZTACKLES LIGHT WORK
Case IH has a new lower-priced Work EZ line of attachments and implements ideal for tractor owners who aren’t directly involved in large-scale production agriculture, says Greg Lucey, Case IH marketing manager for Farmall tractors.
Work EZ implements include loaders, box blades, rear blades, landscape rakes and disk harrows. They fit most compact or utility tractors from 20 to 100 hp, regardless of brand or age. Loader lift capacities range from 2,000 to 5,250 pounds. For attaching implements to the loader, the skid steer-type Quick-Attach system is standard on the three smaller Work EZ loader models.
SMALLER PATRIOT SPRAYER
The Patriot 3230 sprayer, the smallest in the line, has an 800-U. S. gallon tank, a 220-horsepower engine and an overall “lighter footprint.” Patriot features include precision control of boom height, rapid changes in spray nozzle rate, GPS-guided boom-section control, and fully automated steering.
The Case IH Surveyor cab has all the same operator amenities found in the cabs of larger Patriot sprayers, Magnum and Steiger tractors and Axial-Flow combines. The cab-forward design offers good visibility.
The AFS AccuGuide Ready option offers “plug ‘n’ play” autoguidance readiness for use with the AFS Pro 600 display, the AFS 262 GPS receiver and the Navigation II controller. These three components are also used on other Case IH equipment and can be easily moved from one machine to another.
The AIM Command spray system offers a two to 24 gallons-per-acre range with constant pressure independent of speed. It gives you “near instantaneous ability” to switch rates while using a single nozzle tip.
EXPANDED LINE OF CORN HEADS
If you have a big new Axial-Flow combine and you grow corn, Case IH now has larger corn heads to match these combines. New 3400 Series corn heads with 16-row, 30-inch and 18-row, 20-inch configurations “perfectly match” the throughput capacity of Axial-Flow 8120 and 9120 models, the company says.
Case IH also has new 2600 Series chopping corn heads in 6-, 8-and 12-row configurations. A key feature, the company says, is the positioning of the stalk chopper. “Competitors often place the chopping unit at the rear of the row unit, which is cheaper and easier, but it doesn’t ensure the capacity, or quality and consistency of cut that Case IH chopping corn heads provide,” says a company spokesperson. Case IH claims you can drive 0.5 to 1.5 miles per hour faster with this design than with competitive designs, without sacrificing chop quality.
Case IH chopping corn heads have an independent gear box so you can switch the chopping mechanism on or off independently from the rest of the corn head. These heads will be available in time for 2010 harvest.
HEAVY DUTY TILLAGE TOOLS
Case IH has wider versions of its True-Tandem 330 Turbo verti-