If you’re in the market for a new skid-steer loader, New Holland has just released its new 200 Series models. There are quite a few to choose from — seven plus another three tracked versions for a total of 10 in all. The company says they represent a complete redesign based on five years of customer feedback, and they now offer improved dump height and reach. To make them more stable while reaching further with loads, the new models also have an increased wheelbase.
“The New Holland 200 Series compact track loaders have been designed from the ground up, based on input from customers across North America,” says Dave December, product marketing manager at New Holland. “Unlike competitive models, they can reach higher and further to load material to the center of trucks.”
The new models feature a selflevelling bucket with a 53-degree dump angle and “Glide Ride,” which can smoothen the ride over rough terrain. The C232 and C238 models equipped with 18-inch tracks also offer a narrow 79-inch width for easy transport, if you have to move them on a trailer. Some models in the line use a “Radial lift” design for improved digging and lifting performance.
And when it comes to operator comfort, even the smaller models get the deluxe treatment. “Unlike other manufacturers, New Holland outfits its smaller units with a full-size cab and all the premium features,” December adds. “This includes air ride seats, heat, air conditioning, Glide Ride, selflevelling bucket and more. Plus, we beefed up our engines with 20 per cent more horsepower than their L Series predecessors.”
“New Holland skid steer loaders give operators a 360 view of the job site,” December says. “The new rear window provides best-in-class rear visibility. And the new lighting package delivers superior job-site visibility.”
AGCO has announced that its 8600 Series of Massey Ferguson tractors will grow by one model, with the introduction of the 290 PTO horsepower 8690. It will also offer the same tractor in its MT600 Challenger brand line, but the model number designations of all MT600s will change to MT600Ds. In all, both Series will now include five models from 205 to 290 horsepower.
To produce that power, these tractors will use AGCO’s Interim Tier 4-Compliant SISU engines with improved fuel economy. “Our 2011 models do just that through refinements to our e3 Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system,” says Mike Alvin, product marketing manager for high-horsepower tractors. “These changes allow us to further improve fuel efficiency and improve diesel exhaust fluid use efficiency, meeting interim Tier 4 emissions compliance without compromising engine performance. These improvements also offer the operator some nice savings on operational costs.”
To get that improved economy, the new engines use a common-rail fuel pressure 50 per cent higher than their predecessors, which atomizes the fuel more thoroughly. They are also able to capture unburned fuel, cool it and recirculate it back into the cylinders. The amount of DEF (diesel exhaust fluid) used by the new e3 engines relies on real-time data from sensors that monitor NOx levels and vary the amount of DEF used, keeping it to about five per cent of fuel use. Particulates are captured in a new maintenance-free diesel oxidization catalyst in the exhaust.
“In addition, we’ve improved operator comfort and convenience through updates to the cab and the external design of these machines,” Alvin adds. The operator now has a new CAN software customized
control keyboard which is more comfortable to use. The keyboard includes controls for the 3-point hitch, depth, cruise speed, hydraulic lock function as well as A and B engine presets.
NEW KUHN RAKE
Kuhn North America has just introduced its new SR 600 GII SpeedRake, which is says has a “next generation heavy-duty” design. It’s available in 14-and 16-wheel configurations with working widths up to 31 feet.
The rake’s unique design causes the rear wheels move forward when its unfolded, shortening its overall length by seven feet. The shorter wheelbase makes it perform better in field corners, making for easier turning. And it offers improved rake-wheel flotation, which minizes stubble damage.
In addition, standard wind guards allow for smoother crop flow with less leaf loss and improved capacity. Independent flotation settings for the two rear rake wheels on each side allow them to be set to handle larger volumes of crop. The angle of these wheels can also be adjusted to set the windrow width independent of the working width to best match crop conditions.
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