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December 14, 2013
By: Nate Birt, Top Producer Deputy Managing Editor google + 
Case IH Steiger Rowtrac 500

A snapshot of equipment for all across the farm introduced in the past year

Manufacturers built in more technology, new engines, and higher capacities in the past year, which yielded a bumper crop of new equipment.

Powerful pull. In the four-wheel-drive tractor sector, highlights include horsepower gains and more tracks.

Case IH expanded its Steiger line to include seven models with up to 682 engine horsepower from a 12.9-liter FPT engine. The Steiger Rowtrac 500 boasts a wider track undercarriage that accommodates 24" and 30" tracks. 

The articulated T9 tractors from New Holland include the T9.700, which produces 682 maximum engine hp and an additional model, the T9.645, which aims to bridge the gap between the T9.600 and the top-of-range T9.700. Tier 4 Final-compliant engines feature ECOBlue Hi-eSCR.

Tractors in Versatile’s DeltaTrack lineup—available with 450, 500 or 550 engine hp—boasts four tracks with an inte­grated track undercarriage mounting system available in 30" or 36" widths. The tractors are powered by Cummins QSX 15-liter engines.

Claas Lexion 760TT
Case IH Ecolo Tiger 875
Hagie STS for 2014

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In-field work. High-horsepower row-crop tractors increased productivity with more power and technology. 

The Magnum lineup from Case IH features nine Tier 4 Final-compliant, SCR-only models powered by 6.7-liter or 8.7-liter engines. The series spans from 155 to 315 PTO hp and can be geared with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The four-model MT800E Series from Challenger ranges from 450 to 590 engine hp with an AGCO Power 16.8-liter diesel engine with two-stage turbochargers, a Caterpillar powershift transmission and a three-point hitch with 16,000-lb. lift capacity.

Within the MT700E Series tracked tractors from Challenger are three models, MT755E (350 hp), MT765E (375 hp) and MT775E (400 hp), each featuring an AGCO Power 9.8-liter engine with a 500-hour service interval and flexible oil requirements.

JCB introduced the 3000 Fastracs outfitted with Tier 4 Interim-compliant AGCO Power engines, optional Trimble precision ag equipment, a road performance package and an anti-lock braking system. Five models are available in the U.S., including the 3230 Xtra with 190 PTO hp.

John Deere brought to market its latest 8R tractors, comprising five wheeled and three tracked models, ranging from 200 to 308 PTO hp. The top two-wheeled models and all three tracked models are geared with an infinitely variable transmission (IVT). The other four models have the a standard 16-speed power­shift transmission. The 7R tractors feature five models ranging from 170 to 242 PTO hp and powered by 6.8- and 9.0-liter PowerTech PSS engines. The 8R and 7R series tractors feature a new cooling package and can be geared with the e23 powershift transmission with Efficiency Manager.

Reviving a name that first appeared 20 years ago, New Holland introduced the Genesis T8 Series tractors. When outfitted with a CVT, the Genesis T8.420 has a max of 419 engine hp and a longer wheelbase than competitive tractors. The T7 tractors range from 100 to 195 PTO hp and are Tier 4 Final-compliant with three standard wheelbase models and four long wheelbase models. They have a comprehensive Headland Turn Sequence II function.

Featuring the largest cab in its class, Versatile introduced three new models in its row-crop tractor lineup. The tractors boast 210, 230 and 250 PTO hp and feature Cummins Tier 4 Interim-com­pliant engines, a 16F/9R full powershift transmission, 170-gal. fuel capacity and 55-gal.-per-minute standard hydraulic flow.

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