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Hot New Iron (2009)

December 27, 2008
By: Margy Eckelkamp, Farm Journal Machinery Editor and Test Plot Director

One year can produce a bumper crop of new farm equipment. From everyday workhorses to seasonal standbys, there's a bounty of new tractors, combines, planters, tillage tools, application equipment, ATVs and pickups to put to work on your farm.

Powerful pack. As demand for four-wheel-drive tractors has grown, so has the size of the machines themselves.

Buhler Industries extended its four-wheel-drive lineup with new Versatile tractors ranging from 305 hp to 400 hp. The new models are outfitted with updated Cummins engines and a more spacious cab design.

The Steiger Series of tractors from Case IH welcomed a new model, the Steiger 535 Pro. This workhorse has a power boost feature that enables the engine to add 35 hp through a hydraulic boost and another 40 hp in power growth for a total 610 hp.

Challenger's MT900C Series, which ranges from 430 hp to 570 hp, is ISOBUS compliant. These tractors are outfitted with the standardized electronics for universal connectivity with ISOBUS-compliant implements.

Claas added a big brother to its Xerion Series. The Xerion 3800 features up to 382 hp and is available on three platforms: a centrally fixed cab, a 180° rotating cab or a fixed cab above the engine.

Row-crop roundup. Mid-range and high-horsepower tractors keep stepping up to the next level.

Two Versatile models were launched at Buhler's first-ever dealer meeting to recognize the company's new branding initiative with the Versatile name. The 200 hp and 225 hp models replace the Genesis Series.

Case IH grew the Magnum Series with the launch of three midrange models (150 hp, 165 hp and 180 hp). Within the eight Magnum models, the new additions provide ideal weight-to-power ratios for the power range.

The Puma Series was upgraded with an optional continuously variable transmission, as well as a new model, the Puma 225, at the top of the series' horsepower range. The five models range from 135 hp to 195 hp.

The Challenger MT700C and MT800C track tractors feature improved functionality from the operator's seat. These tractors are also outfitted with ISOBUS standardized electronic compatibility.

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