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Two New Utility Tractors

A couple of years ago Case IH brought back the Farmall name and hung it on its line of economy, utility-range tractors. Last month, the company updated that line with the introduction of the C Series, which includes three models offering 65, 75 and 85 PTO horsepower.

“When it comes to performance, the Farmall has a hardworking heritage that goes back to 1923, and the new Farmall C Series builds on this tradition while offering best-in- class operator comfort and ergonomics, as well as features designed to further enhance productivity,” says Greg Lucey, Case IH marketing manager for Farmall tractors.

Those features include a turbocharged, 3.2 litre, four-cylinder FPT (Fiat Powertrain Technologies) engine. The two largest models also use an intercooler. They’re coupled to a standard 8-by-8 mechanical shuttle-shift transmission. A 12-by-12 hydraulic version is available as an option.

The Farmalls use an independent power steering pump; steering isn’t affected when the main open-centre hydraulic system is operating near its capacity with loader or work or from other demands, an annoying limitation that plagues a few of the various “economy” models offered by the different brand names.

But most notably, the C Series tractors offer an updated cab for a quieter ride and more ergonomically designed instrument layout, another update some of the various economy tractors really need. Included in the changes is an instrument cluster that tilts with the steering wheel, an integrated loader joystick control position, and the hydraulic control levers have been relocated to a more accessible spot.

The operator’s seat swivels 15 degrees to make it easier to monitor trailing implements. Buyers can also order an optional buddy seat. And unless you’re a radio kind of guy, you’ll appreciate the new factory-installed sound system with iPod connection. Who says economy needs to mean uncomfortable?

Not to be outdone, AGCO just announced the release of its 5450, 75 PTO horsepower Massey Ferguson tractor designed specifically for loader work. This model is an addition to the 75 to 115 horsepower, mid-range 5400 line.

But it offers a much different hood shape than the others in the series. To improve sight lines, the hood slopes so much the operator can see the lip of the bucket, so you can clearly see what you’ve just hit with it.

“The all-new Massey Ferguson 5450 is designed so the operator can see the tip of the loader bucket no matter what the job is,” says Rene Boivin, product marketing manager, utility, specialty and midrange tractors with the company. “This is a unique tractor designed specifically for loader work and one especially well suited to the dairy or beef feedlot, where loader work is a daily event.”

Under the hood is a Perkins, 4.4 litre, 16 valve, turbocharged diesel coupled to the brand’s standard Dyna-4 transmission.

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To improve sight lines, the hood slopes so much the operator can see the lip of the bucket, so you can clearly see what you’ve just hit with it

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