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At the top end of Case IH’s tractor family is the articulated line of Steigers. Wheeled versions span the 370 to 620 engine horsepower range. The five Quadtrac models start at 470 horsepower and the three Rowtrac models go from 420 to 500 horsepower. The Steigers offer both powershift and the brand’s CVXDrive CVT transmissions.
The high-horsepower, MFWD Magnums, though, were where the brand had news to reveal this year. They were given a new look along with a host of digital features and named the AFS Connect Magnums, referencing the brand’s existing telematics products.
The new body styling looks similar to the autonomous tractor Case IH revealed back in 2016. The reason for that, claims the brand, is because these models represent the next generation of technology packed into a tractor as the industry gradually moves toward full autonomy. It pulls together a lot of new systems to allow the Magnums to communicate and stay connected in the field.
The new Pro 1200 monitor in the cab expands on the functions of the previous Pro 700. In fact, most of the tractor systems can be controlled through it, and it makes guidance inputs much simpler. The software that runs the Pro 1200 is based on the same Android technology most people are familiar with in their mobile devices. 
Inside the cab is a new control layout, but the new AFS Connect Magnum versions will have two or three ways to activate tractor systems. Those who are familiar with manual controls on the armrest will still find them there, although some will be in different locations. Virtually everything can be controlled through the Pro 1200 monitor.
Guidance is run through a new receiver that incorporates all the necessary guidance correction hardware into it, eliminating the need for a second computer inside the cab to facilitate corrections.
The new technology allows for improved mechanical diagnostics and wireless transfer of data, including GPS guidance lines.
The digital features built into the AFS Connect Magnums won’t remain unique to model year 2020 tractors; the technology is partly backwards compatible. So it can be retrofitted onto existing late model Magnums as well. It’s compatible with everything back to the Tier 3 time period. 
When it comes to the tractor itself, the new hood and cab styling are designed to make operation easier and the operator more comfortable. Slimmer cab pillars and a new, brighter interior colour along with more creature comforts give the new cab an updated feel. There is better storage and more visibility out of it, as well as a larger door that opens up the fill width of the cab, eliminating the B pillar and making entry easier.
To smooth out the ride there is a new adjustable front axle suspension, which is controlled through the monitor. Paired with it is a semi-active cab suspension.
In August the brand bumped up the maximum horsepower rating for the line, adding a 400 horsepower version of the AFS Connect Magnum.

PHOTOS: High horsepower tractor guide

A round-up of the biggest tractors available on the North American market

It’s been suggested by industry insiders that 2019 could be called the year of the tractor, because there were so many new introductions of them. That means even more choices for producers looking to re-power their farm fleet. Kubota, which has been gradually working its way into the mainstream agriculture sector with a steady stream […] Read more

John Deere’s 8RX wins Tech for 
a Better World innovation award at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

First tractor wins CES tech honour

John Deere makes history as first tractor earns coveted honour at the electronics expo

The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is known for showcasing some of the hottest high-tech tools from innovative companies across the globe. Several of the products that took home top honours in the 2020 Innovation Awards categories were conceptual or not available on the mass market and most were small enough to tuck […] Read more


Reading this book along with a good cup of coffee made for a good way to spend Sunday afternoons.

Winter reading for International Harvester enthusiasts

The family behind the IH brand? Or a book for IH Cub tractor owners?

We’ve come across two books that International Harvester enthusiasts might want to make time to read during this cold winter season. Founding family history This summer we read through The International Harvester Company: A History of the Founding Families and Their Machines, written by Chaim M. Rosenberg and published by McFarland. This isn’t the typical machinery […] Read more

Large R Series tractors 
have been given some design and engineering changes for the 2020 model year.

John Deere 7R versus 8R tractors

With overlapping horsepower ranges, what’s the difference between them?

Across Western Canada, most John Deere dealers will likely tell you that on their lots, 8R tractors far outsell the 7Rs. Given that these two model ranges have overlapping horsepower ranges, what is it that each series offers that might be a better fit to each potential buyer? That was a question that marketing staff […] Read more


The all-new 6110M and 6120M tractors ride on a short wheelbase and offer a dizzying range of option choices.

John Deere revamps its 6M tractor line

New models, a redesign and longer options list for the 2020 model year

In mid-September, John Deere pulled the wraps off the latest updates to one of its mid-horsepower tractor ranges: the 6M family. That mid-spec line will see a much wider range of new options available for the 2020 model year across all models, but a new 140-horsepower 6140M model will also join the group to fill […] Read more

John Deere debuts the industry’s first line of rigid-frame four-track tractors.

John Deere introduces 8RX line of tracked tractors

Grainews reviews John Deere’s industry-first, 4-track rigid- frame tractor

[UPDATED Nov. 4, 2019] Today John Deere officially unveiled its new line of 8RX tractors, which are — wait for it — rigid-frame four-tracked models. Anyone who has walked the aisles at Agritechnica, the world’s largest farm machinery show in Germany, will have noticed four-tracked rigid-frame tractors on display. But those are the result of […] Read more


This County 1884 4-wheel drive conversion tractor, based on a 
Ford TW-30 platform is one of only 24 known to still exist.

Rare tractor hits the auction block

Very rare County conversion tractor one of only a handful remaining

The tractor collector hobby in North America has slacked off a bit in the past few years, which is clear from the now lower prices for the common models that made up the bulk of most collections. It’s likely that can be attributed to demographics. An older generation that is gradually shrinking kicked off the […] Read more



Kubota introduced its M8 tractor line, which includes two models, the 190-engine-horsepower M8-191 and 210-horsepower M8-211.

Grainews takes to the field in Kubota’s M8 tractor

Kubota joins the 
mid-horsepower club. 
We test the new line

Back in March when Versatile announced the introduction of its Nemesis line of tractors, Kubota simultaneously announced it entered into an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) agreement with Versatile to build a larger tractor series for it, too. But Kubota declined to provide any specifics on its tractors, although the inescapable conclusion was it would be […] Read more

The IDEALDrive steering system in AGCO’s IDEAL combine that uses a joystick instead of a conventional steering wheel won a silver award.

Major machinery brands win engineer awards at Agritechnica

Deere, AGCO, CNH take home technology accolades

Agritechnica, the world’s largest farm machinery show, is held every two years in Hannover, Germany, and part of the event includes a competition that allows manufacturers to vie for some prestigious engineering awards. Gold and silver medals are awarded for new advancements in equipment design that are truly significant. How significant is what determines whether […] Read more