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2011's Hot New Iron

December 17, 2011
By: Margy Eckelkamp, Farm Journal Machinery Editor and Test Plot Director
 
 

A quick review of the machines introduced in the past year

new iron machinery 2011The 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
implement work.

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.

The Great Plains Turbo-Max builds on the Turbo-Till concept with two coulter gangs that have 7½" spacing between each blade. The gangs are offset so the second gang splits the first, which sizes crop residue to 3¾"—the narrowest among major vertical tillage manufacturers.

The Krause Excelerator vertical tillage tool is available in 20', 25' and 30' working widths with the Excalibur tooth blade.

Sunflower expands its tillage lineup with the 4600 Series Disc Ripper, 1800 Tandem Disc Harrow and 1700 Offset Disc Harrow.

Sprayers hit the spot. Self-propelled sprayers are more powerful and farther reaching with new boom designs and technology options. The three new RoGator models—RG900, RG110 and RG1300—feature increased horsepower, reduced noise and engines with SCR systems. The sloped hood design mimics the hood featured on Challenger track tractors. The three-wheel-chassis TerraGator TG7300and TG8300 and four-wheel-chassis TG8400 are powered by AGCO Power engines with SCR systems. Dual 150-amp alternators increase the capacity of the TerraGator’s electrical system, and the finger guards around the alternator are redesigned for easier removal and access to belts and other service components.

The Case IH Patriot 4430 sprayer is outfitted with an 8.7-liter Case IH FPT engine with SCR. With 325 hp and power growth up to 356 hp at 2,100 rpm, this model has 12% more horsepower than the model it replaces.

The John Deere 4940 sprayer features two boom lengths, 90' or 120', 11 boom section controls and is direct-injection ready. Powered by a 340-hp, 9.0-liter Tier 4 Interim PowerTech Plus turbocharged engine, it has a four-wheel hydrostatic drive.

With two new options, Miller can now outfit its Nitro 4000 Series sprayers with a Spray-Air boom and four-wheel-drive steering.

Growing grain carts. To help harvest go smoothly, manufacturers are increasing grain cart sizes as yield trends rise. Kinze’s forward-angled corner auger cart features an externally mounted 20" corner auger. The larger carts replace the 5000 Series, will be available in 900-, 1,100-, 1,300- and 1,500-bu. capacities and provide up to 500 bu. per minute grain unloading.

The Brent Avalanche Model 2096 grain cart from Unverferth Manufacturing Co. boasts 2,000-bu. capacity and a 1,000-bu.-per-minute unloading speed. The drivetrain design combines a belt-driven 20" diameter floor auger with a heavy-duty, direct-drive 90° gearbox to operate the 24" diameter vertical auger.

Material movers. Skid-steer and compact track loaders are built more rugged for greater handling capacities. Bobcat introduces the 700 Series, which boasts a 10% larger cab, and select models provide a 11' vertical lift.

The 12 new Case Construction Equipment Alpha Series skid steers range in rated operating capacity from 2,700 lb. to 3,800 lb., and include radial lift and vertical lift models.

A company first, the new JCB skid-steer and compact track loaders were designed, engineered and manufactured in the U.S. These models have the PowerBoom design with rated capacities of 2,600 lb. or more.

New Holland introduced its 200 Series with six skid-steer loaders and three compact track loaders, all out-fitted with the Super Boom loader arm.

Farmstead workhorses. One thing is for certain across all farmsteads: ATVs and utility vehicles are called to tackle a variety of tasks. Companies are designing more vehicles with features that cater to the demanding farm market. New Holland’s Rustler utility vehicle can be customized with new accessories and paint options from the factory. New options include stallion, camo and special color paint order.

In its Gator utility vehicle lineup, John Deere made mechanical and design improvements. The 19-hp Gator TX now features 90% more torque than previous models. The Gator TX also has quicker acceleration, reaching a maximum speed of 20 mph 44% faster than the previous model. In regard to design upgrades, the three models (TH, TX and TE) are built with an all-new deluxe cargo box that offers more capacity, features and versatility.

The Kubota RTV900XT utility vehicle now features exclusive Variable Hydro Transmission Plus2 for smoother braking and shifting.

For its model year 2012, Polaris will have more powerful big-bore ATVs with the introduction of the new High-Output 850 Twin EFI engine. Polaris ATVs now feature integrated front storage.

Yamaha’s 2012 line of 450, 550 and 700 Grizzly ATV models and side-by-side Rhinos offer more options for work and play. The Grizzly 450, 550 and 700 FI models are engineered to be lightweight but hardworking.

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FEATURED IN: Farm Journal - Mid-December 2011

 
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