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December 16, 2010
By: Margy Eckelkamp, Farm Journal Machinery Editor and Test Plot Director

FJ 016 F10488The past year brought new equipment that can be put to the task across the farmstead for tillage, planting, harvesting and everything in between.

Hearty horsepower. From utility tractors to four-wheel drives, tractors were introduced with the power on hand for any farm chore.

Case IH introduced three models to the Puma tractor lineup: 105 PTO hp, 120 PTO hp and 135 PTO hp. The models are powered by Tier 4 Interim compliant engines with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and geared with continuously variable transmissions. The nine Case IH Magnum Series models range from 150 PTO hp to 280 PTO hp. The 180, 190, 210 and 225 tractors are powered by 6.7-liter engines, and the 235, 260, 290, 315 and 340 are powered by 8.7-liter engines with SCR from Fiat Powertrain Technologies. The 10 models in the Case IH Steiger Series (including three HD and four Quadtrac models) range from 290 PTO hp to 520 PTO hp.

Powering the 350 model is an 8.7-liter engine; the rest of the Steiger lineup relies on a 12.9-liter engine, and both engines feature SCR.

Joining the JCB Fastrac 7000 Series is the 7270. The tractor is powered by a 6.7-liter Cummins engine rated at 260 engine hp.

The John Deere 8R and 8RT Series tractors feature six models with wheels and three models with tracks. The 2011 model year brought Tier 4 Interim compliant engines and a 10 engine hp to 15 engine hp increase over the 2010 models. Standard technologies include JDLink Ultimate Service and Service Advisor Remote, complimentary for one year.

McCormick added the T-Max Series, with three models: T90 Max, T100 Max and T110 Max, offering 70.5 PTO hp to 86.5 PTO hp. The series is powered by four-cylinder Perkins 1104D Tier 3 compliant diesel engines.

Massey Ferguson launched four 2600 HD Series utility tractors ranging from 62 PTO hp to 83 PTO hp.

New Holland expanded its utility tractor lineup with a 65 PTO hp Workmaster model and two TS6000 models at 90 PTO hp and 96 PTO hp. New Holland T8 tractors range from 185 PTO hp to 280 PTO hp and are powered by 8.7-liter engines from Fiat Powertrain Technologies with SCR. The T9 Series four-wheel-drive tractors from New Holland come in two chassis sizes—a 36" standard frame and a 44" wide frame—range from 354 engine hp to 608 engine hp and are powered by 9-liter and 13-liter engines outfitted with SCR. With 65 PTO hp, the T723 replaces previous TYM tractor models. Powered by Perkins engines, T723 tractors are outfitted with a standard 24F/24R shuttle transmission or an optional power shuttle transmission.

Versatile expanded its row-crop series of tractors with 305 engine hp and an optional dual speed PTO.

Harvest help. Combines and the harvest heads paired with them are designed for greater efficiency.

Case IH added the 3020 flex head, available in 20', 25', 30' or 35' sizes with a special dealer-installed kit for in-cab hydraulic adjustment of the flex head tension.

Claas of America’s Lexion 700 Series combines stretch across Class 6, Class 7, Class 8, Class 9 and even Class 10, with the Lexion 770 powered by a 16-liter Mercedes engine with a rated speed of 523 hp and 563 maximum engine hp. Claas also added 18-row 20", 12-row 22" and 18-row 20" configurations. The MaxFlo draper head, in 35' and 40' widths, uses an auger intake system instead of traditional center feed belts. Vario 1200 and 1050 headers—40' and 35', respectively—use a fore-and-aft cutterbar adjustment for consistent crop flow.

Gleaner unveiled the S7 Series transverse rotor combines, featuring the Tritura processor for 48% more volume. Designated as Class 6 and Class 7, they offer up to 390-bu. capacity.

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