With plans to cover 10 states with almost 30 in-field events, Case IH has hosted the Steiger Tiger Tour throughout corn country this fall. The series of events were designed to connect customers and dealers as Case IH equipment is demonstrated in their local conditions.
“Through the course of a year, we’ll have customers say that they want to see our equipment run, and this event gives them that chance,” says Troy Price, store manager Titan Machinery, Grundy Center, who hosted one of the tour stops. “In this format, the dealership doesn’t have to haul equipment back and forth, and the customer only has to commit an hour of their time.”
For the day, he committed his four salesmen to being on site, and the rest of the event’s team were experts and representatives from Case IH. Price says the Steiger Tiger tour was an efficient way and targeted way to reach out to many customers in a short amount of time.
“We can accomplish more of our goals with this ‘rifle approach’ than the ‘shot gun approach’.”
Highlighting the field day is the Steiger 600 with 670 peak horsepower and the 13-shank, 26’ wide Ecolo-Tiger 870 disk ripper.
“We began in mid-June in Kentucky,” explains Rob Zemenchik, North American sales and marketing manager, Case IH Tillage. “We wanted customers to be able to see the equipment working in their environment. By the end of the tour we hope to have reached 1,000 customers.”
As part of the program, Zemenchik presented on how the Ecolo-Tiger performs in the soil profile with a soil pit dug for illustration. He adds that in designing the Ecolo-Tiger 870, farmers asked for machine that left the field level and could manage tough residue while still providing flow through the machine.
“With this tool, our goal is to leave no residue pieces longer than 18”,” he says. “This helps with the biological process of breaking down corn stalks. The 870 mixes residue to the depth of tillage.”
He says the overall machine clearance has been designed for greater flow through the machine.
The Ecolo-Tiger 870 can be run up to 14” deep at 5 to 7 mph.
Joining Zemenchik on the tour were other Case IH experts in both tillage and tractor segments.
Fred Bower, high horsepower tractor product specialist, explains that with twoframe sizes, and the QuadTrac option, Steiger tractors have never been better suited for more applications.
“The current series of Steiger tractors is the most powerful lineup we’ve ever had,” Bower says. “And with the Steiger 600 we have extended the legacy of the tractor and its QuadTrac system.”
The Case IH QuadTrac system is available on Steiger models from 450 to 600 hp. Those models have a 44” wide frame, feature a 154” wheelbase, and are built with axles specifically for tracked applications.
The Steiger tractor, equipped with Case IH FPT engines, is Tier 4 interim compliant and use Selective Catalytic Reduction systems to meet the emissions requirement.
“Our customers have reported that they are pleased with the performance of these engines in the field, and say refilling the diesel exhaust fluid tank is no inconvenience for the efficiency they are getting in return,” Bower says.
To learn more about the Steiger Tiger Tour, visit www.CaseIH.com