One year brings introductions of new machines for work all across the farmstead. Tractors, harvesting machines, application equipment and implements are being outfitted to meet the changing demands of farming. Here's a quick overview of the wide range of new models introduced in 2009.
Midsized muscle. This past year brought introductions of row-crop tractors and larger utility tractors from many manufacturers.
AGCO Corporation launched new tractors for its three brands: AGCO, Challenger and Massey Ferguson. The AGCO DT, Challenger MT600C and Massey Ferguson 8600 Series range from 205 PTO hp to 275 PTO hp. These tractors are the first models to be powered by engines using selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology. This engine design, which requires a urea additive for operation, is the platform AGCO will use to meet current and upcoming emission regulations.
Case IH added a model and a transmission option to its Magnum Series tractors. Outfitting the tractors with Case IH's continuously variable transmission (CVT) provides increased efficiency through a drivetrain that combines the stepless speed variability of a hydrostatic transmission with the mechanical efficiency of a traditional gear-on-gear transmission. The latest model addition is the Magnum 225 with 195 PTO hp.
Extending its availability in the U.S., JCB introduced the 7000 Series. This three-model lineup includes 147 PTO hp, 168 PTO hp and 190 PTO hp tractors. All are geared with P-Tronic transmissions, feature transport speeds up to 42 mph and have anti-lock braking systems for all four wheels.
John Deere unveiled its 8R Series, which includes the 345-engine-hp 8345R, the most powerful row-crop tractor John Deere has ever built. Along with the six-wheel models, there are three 8RT tracked models outfitted with the AirCushion suspension system. John Deere also added the 7530 Premium tractor, with 153 PTO hp, to the 7030 Series.
The Kubota M Series Deluxe tractors are powered by four-cylinder Kubota engines, and the series ranges from 85 PTO hp to 118 PTO hp.
The M135X is Kubota's most powerful M Series tractor yet.
McCormick added a trio of TTX Series tractors, with models ranging from 173 PTO hp to 193 PTO hp.
TTX models are full-frame tractors that also feature a 55° steering angle for better maneuverability.
New Holland introduced the next generation of T7000 Series tractors. This series, ranging from 135 PTO hp to 195 PTO hp, can be geared with the Auto Command continuously variable transmission and feature the SideWinder II control armrest.
- December 2009
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