A quick review of the machines introduced in the past year
The past year yielded some of the largest product launches in the history of many companies. In addition to new engines that comply with tighter emission standards, equipment is also boasting wider work-ing widths, higher horsepower, greater capacities and new technologies.
High-tech harvesters. There’s been a bumper crop of new combines from AGCO, John Deere, Case IH and New Holland. The Massey Ferguson 9500 Series Axial Combine is AGCO’s new global harvesting platform and includes three models with 313 rated hp, 370 rated hp and 460 rated hp. The John Deere S Series combines have five models ranging from 271 hp to 543 hp and are outfitted with the first new combine cab from the brand since 1989. From Case IH, six machines comprise the 30 Series Axial-Flow combines, which include two Class 7 models. The New Holland CR Twin Rotor Series has five models ranging from 360 hp to 523 hp, and the CX8000 Series includes three models.
Full-feature harvest heads. Companies have responded to farmers’ requests for specialized corn heads and advanced soybean platforms. John Deere’s new 600 Series corn heads include the company’s first 16- and 18-row heads. The series offers five models with 20", 22", 30", 36" and 38" row spacings. The John Deere 600 Series StalkMaster heads have row-unit chopping disconnects that allow the chopping feature to be disengaged on-the-go, as well as improved header height control, which senses farther forward and on outer rows.
For farmers who want a flexible-draper platform, John Deere introduces the new 600FD HydraFlex Draper, which is available in 35' and 40' models.
New Holland provides four working widths from 30' to 45' with the 880CF SuperFlex draper, which has a patented, rubber spring flotation system that allows the head to follow ground contours more closely.
Revved up four-wheel-drives. To meet the Tier 4 Interim emission standards, four-wheel-drive tractors have been rolling out with new engines. The 9R Series tractors from John Deere includes eight models ranging from 360 hp to 560 hp, with three track models. The 9R Series tractors boast a 20,000-lb. hitch lift capacity, and an optional PTO for all models. Tracked models feature increased hydraulic capacity. The New Holland T9 Series tractors range from 350 hp to 600 hp and can be outfitted with SmartTrax, a new track design for the articulated four-wheel-drive models that is available for installation at the dealership. The six new four-wheel-drive Versatile tractors span 350 hp to 550 hp and are built with a new cab, Caterpillar transmission and Cummins engine.
Ready to work. Row crop and utility tractors are being built for every field task and farm chore. From AGCO, the Fendt 800 Series features five models ranging from 165 PTO hp to 245 PTO hp that are outfitted with an advanced operator’s station. The Challenger MT500D Series tractors range from 170 hp to 225 hp and have a redesigned cab with a new right-arm console, steering column and greater visibility. Replacing the Massey Ferguson 6400 and 7400 Series, the Massey Ferguson 7600 Series tractors include four models ranging from 170 hp to 225 hp and geared with Dyna-6 or Dyna-VT transmissions. Designed especially for loader work, the Massey Ferguson 5450 with Hi-Visibility Hood is powered by a 75 PTO hp Perkins engine.
Expanding the lineup of tractors with continuously variable transmissions (CVT), Case IH adds the
Magnum 370 CVT model. The six Maxxum models range from 90 PTO hp to 120 PTO hp and are available with a standard base package or deluxe Multicontroller configuration. Three new Farmall models from Case IH range from 65 PTO to 85 PTO hp.
Introduced as the most versatile John Deere tractors yet, the 7R Series includes five models ranging from 164 PTO hp to 232 PTO hp that feature more horsepower, more hydraulic
capacity, a larger fuel tank and greater hitch lift capacity. The company’s 6R Series includes three models from 140 PTO hp to 175 PTO hp with a larger wheelbase, bigger tires, more horsepower, increased hydraulics and greater hitch lift capacity compared with the 6030 models they replace. Ranging from 65 hp to 115 hp, the 5M Series models and 5E Limited Series tractors from John Deere are built for a wider variety of attachments and jobs.
Specifically designed with responsive hydraulics, the McCormick X10 Series of compact utility tractors range from 70 hp to 90 hp and are ready for front loader and three-point hitch
New Holland PowerStar tractors are available in both cab and rollover protective structure (ROPS) versions. The three-model lineup ranges from 75 hp to 100 hp.
One seed at a time. At AGCO’s largest product launch in its history, the company unveiled a number of planting and seeding machines. As a result of a joint venture with Amity Technologies, the White 8936-30 is the first planter in the market on tracks. Built with a 12"×12" tubular frame, the planter’s track system has 30"×67" rubber tracks that provide a low 12 psi when the planter is fully loaded. The Sunflower 9800 Series Single-Disc Air Drill is available in 30', 40' and 50' widths and can be paired with the all-stainless-steel Sunflower 9900 Series Air Carts available in 280-bu., 335-bu. and 525-bu. capacities. Expanding the company’s drill lineup, the Sunflower 9600 Conventional Drill is new from the ground up and offers 6", 7½" and 10" row spacing options.
Tough tools. To match farmers’ requirements for soil preparation and fertilizer applications, companies are introducing new tillage tool and application toolbars. Buhler expands its lineup to offer tillage lines—a complete range of offset disks, tandem disks, cultivators and chisel plows—by Farm King and Versatile.
Case IH expands its lineup of application toolbars with new working widths for the Nutri-Placer 930 and Nutri-Tiller 950 toolbars. The Nutri-Placer 930 provides consistent anhydrous ammonia placement, and a new 50' version joins the 60' and 65' models introduced in 2010. The Nutri-Tiller 950, a strip-till toolbar with optional NH3 fertilizer capability, comes in 20', 30', 40' and 60' working widths.
From EarthMaster, the Verti-Go vertical tillage harrow taps the history of the M&W line and is designed to run 8 mph to 9 mph.
- Mid-December 2011