Continuing to introduce machines that meet Tier 4 Interim requirements, launching a technical plan for meeting Tier 4 Final requirements and reinforcing its dealer network are top priorities for Case IH.
"Until this product launch, Case IH has never had such a wide product offering," says Andreas Klauser, president and CEO of Case IH Agricultural Equipment. "This commitment and investment shows the strong future of Case IH and Red Power and bringing products closer to the farmer."
The new 30 Series combines, Patriot 4430 sprayer and Maxxum tractors join the Case IH product lineup that is powered by Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT) engines with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 4 Interim standards.
"We are not changing our strategy for final Tier 4," Klauser says. "It is our decision to stick with SCR, and we are moving forward with the most efficient engine. This was a joint decision with our corporate partner, Fiat Power-train Technologies, which has used this engine platform in over-the-road trucks in Europe for five years already."
Maintaining the robustness of its products is a top challenge in the near future, according to Klauser. He says the company also aims to make sure its service is intact, that customers understand the application of equipment for maximum output and that precision farming is supported.
To achieve these goals, the company is fine-tuning its distribution network.
"In the past, some dealer organizations may not have looked at opportunities to work together," says Jim Walker, vice president of Case IH North America. "Our goal is to have all of our dealers be competitive in strong economic periods of new whole-goods sales and the ability to sustain product support services during economic downturns."
As an example of the improvement of the company’s footprint, Walker cites the success of dealer groups of all sizes—from publicly traded regional organizations to complexes of several stores and large single stores.
More power at harvest. Six machines comprise the 30 Series Axial-Flow combines, which include two Class 7 models. To meet Tier 4 Interim emission standards, the Case IH FPT engines use SCR technology. The Axial-Flow 5130 features the Case IH FPT 6.7-liter engine, while the Axial-Flow 6130, 7130 and 7230 are powered by the Case IH FPT 8.7-liter engine. A Case IH FPT 12.9-liter engine powers the 8230 and 9230, delivering 30 hp and 20 hp more, respectively, than previous models.
Compared with the Tier 3 models the 30 Series combines replace, these machines provide an average of 10% increased fuel efficiency, and the model year 2012 combines offer automatic low idle speeds of 600 rpm. An upgraded unload system reduces unload time compared with previous models and features a 17" vertical tube and larger unload elbow. An optional 31' unload auger is now available. The 6130 and 7130 have an unload rate of 3.2 bu. per second, the 7230 and 8230 have an unload rate of 4 bu. per second and the 9230 has a 4.5-bu.-per-second unload rate.
Axial-Flow 30 Series combines feature powered grain tank extensions on the 7230, 8230 and 9230 models. The Power Plus CVT drives on these models provide patented header to groundspeed control, and the self-leveling grain pan, pre-sieve, upper and lower sieves and cleaning fan provide maximum grain savings and efficiency. Adjustable electronic sieves are standard on every model. The upgraded Case IH AFS Pro 700 color monitor can be transferred back and forth between the combine and other Case IH high-horsepower equipment. The Axial-Flow multifunction handle controls the primary harvest functions.
Horsepower boost. The 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. Built with the cab-forward, rear-engine configuration, the Patriot 4430 has a 1,200-gal. product tank. The Surveyor cab design has been modified to fit on the new sprayer, and the righthand console features controls for all sprayer functions and can be paired with an optional AFS Pro 700 color display. Also optional are 360° high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting, an AFS Accu-Guide guidance system and an AutoFold Plus boom fold/unfold system that fully extends the boom or retracts it in 30 seconds.
The product tank is equipped with full-length sparge and rinse tubes for product agitation and tank cleaning. Plumbing options can be added to handle low-flow, standard or high-flow application rates, such as for liquid fertilizer. Also new are two Michelin tire options: 380/90R46 Spraybib and 620/70R38.
Efficient transmission. Expanding the lineup of tractors with continuously variable transmissions (CVT), Case IH adds the Magnum 370 CVT model. The current 235, 260, 290, 315 and 340 models also have the CVT option. The Magnum 370 is powered by an 8.7-liter Case IH FPT engine, which delivers up to 419 maximum boosted engine horsepower. Built with a heavy-duty Surround Frame, the tractor features a heavier final drive and rear axle assembly.
The six models of the 2012 Maxxum tractor lineup range from 90 PTO hp to 120 PTO hp. Powered by 4.5-liter and 6.7-liter Tier 4 Interim compliant engines, the tractors are outfitted with SCR systems. The Maxxum Series is available with a standard base package or deluxe MultiController configuration. The optional MultiControl Armrest console is similar to that on Puma, Magnum and Steiger tractors, bringing one control to all major tractor operations. Handle functions include engine speed, transmission gear, forward/reverse shuttle, hydraulic remote, hitch and automatic end-of-row function. The pressure-sensitive touchpad includes functions for constant engine speed, auto-PTO, auto-shift and hitch position. Maxxum MultiController models also feature a new instrument cluster, located at the right front cab corner post, that displays fuel and engine
temperature, a warning light panel, transmission information and general operational information.
The new base Maxxum features an open-center hydraulic system that delivers 18-gal.-per-minute hydraulic flow. Optional pressure-flow compensating (PFC) hydraulics with 26-gal.-per-minute flow capability and in-cab flow control is available in the Maxxum base models and is standard in the Maxxum MultiController models. New deluxe remotes, standard with the PFC hydraulic system, offer higher flow at an individual remote, along with an enhanced sealing design for improved long-term reliability.
Wider toolbars. Expanding its lineup of application toolbars, Case IH offers new working widths for the Nutri-Placer 930 and Nutri-Tiller 950 toolbars. The Nutri-Placer 930 provides consistent anhydrous ammonia placement in the root zone and comes in working widths of 27.5', 32.5', 37.5', 42.5' and 47.5'. In addition to the 60' and 65' models introduced in 2010, a new 50' version is available. The Nutri-Tiller 950, a strip-till toolbar with optional NH3 fertilizer capability, comes in 20', 30', 40' or 60' working widths. The Nutri-Placer 930 offers 15", 20" or 30" row spacing, while the Nutri-Tiller 950 offers 30" row spacing. Models less than 40' are single-fold, while models more than 40' are double-fold. Both toolbars have a heavy-duty welded frame with welded cross-members between the forward and rear tube for strength and durability.