To meet farmer demand for cutting-edge performance and to comply with federally mandated emissions requirements, Case IH deepens its lineup with 2014 model year machines. Among what’s new are tech-savvy planters, on-target sprayers, high-horsepower tractors, folding corn headers, faster hay equipment and tough tillage tools.
Big machines parallel big agricultural equipment demand, and that demand isn’t going away even as forecasters see lower commodity prices on the horizon, says Jim Walker, vice president, Case IH North America.
Within the equipment industry, the agricultural slice of the "pie is still going to be a great one to deal with," noted Walker on the company’s Red Power Tour, when Case IH introduced the new machines.
From the start. The Early Riser 5 Series planters ensure proper seed singulation and reduce instances of skips or multiples with the AccuStat system, which helps farmers map seed spacing in real time on the AFS Pro 700 display.
Early Riser 5 Series Planter
The Advanced Seed Meter singulation adjustment system allows for individual row adjustments without changing speed, vacuum or down-pressure across the machine.
Upgraded bulk-fill delivery for the 1245, 1255 and 1265 models is fabricated for the next generation of seed treatments, including an inductor design with improved sealing, filling and hose systems. A variety of seeds can be fed to mini hoppers, including challenging sizes associated with sunflowers and sweet corn.
New AccuDrive seed meter cable drive systems offer efficiency and easy service. The cable rotates inside protective rubber sheathing, and proper sealing ensures that units will shut off on demand so seeds aren’t lost.
High-tech nozzles. The Patriot 3240 and 3340 sprayers offer heightened individual nozzle control through the Aim Command Pro spray system. Nozzles can be turned on and off, one at a time, to prevent over- or under-application. The nozzles automatically adjust for the proper target rate of application while in motion. The 6.7-liter FPT engines offer 250 hp and 285 hp, respectively, and are Tier 4 Final-compliant with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems.
Top-tier horsepower. The Steiger 620 is Tier 4 Final-compliant and is the highest-horsepower agricultural tractor available featuring 682 maximum engine horsepower and a 12.9-liter FPT engine with two-stage turbocharging. In all, seven models comprise the Steiger lineup for model year 2014 in wheeled and tracked configurations, including the new Steiger 540 with 605 peak horsepower.
Rowtrac 500 Tractor
The Steiger Rowtrac 500 is the highest-horsepower tracked row-crop tractor available. The machine’s 500 hp capability brings a 50 hp increase to the Rowtrac line. A wider undercarriage accommodates tracks of 24" and 30", an option available on Rowtrac models of 350 hp or more.
Other features of the upgraded Steigers include more torque, lugging power and responsiveness with eight hydraulic remotes and hydraulic flow of up to 113 gal. per minute. The multifunction handle includes a thumb wheel setting for Diesel Saver Automatic Productivity Management for easier shifts and fuel savings. The thumb wheel enables the operator to set the desired field ground speed.
The Magnum tractor lineup features nine Tier 4 Final-compliant, SCR-only models available with
continuously variable transmissions (CVT). Engines are 6.7 liters or 8.7 liters, depending on the model.
Magnum CVT configuration uses double-clutch technology to deliver uninterrupted power to the ground, automatically selecting the most efficient transmission range for a desired speed or load. The tractors offer up to 14% power growth and up to an extra 35 engine horsepower with Power Boost. Models include the 380 CVT, which brings 435 maximum-boosted engine horsepower.
Cab upgrades include the updated MultiControl armrest with MultiFunction handle and backlit buttons.
Honing in on headers. The 4400 and 4200 corn heads feature heavy-duty drives, larger stalk rolls and longer stalk roll knives. Poly dividers and patented corn saver louvers capture more grain. Folding options (4412F) also are available for 12-row headers.
Meanwhile, the 3152 and 3162 draper heads feature the CentraCut center-mounted knife drive for increased cutterbar performance.
Hay-making helpers. The WD3 Series self-propelled windrowers feature a factory-installed autoguidance system and industry-leading 24 mph road speeds. Caster wheels are set at 9° angles, and a dampening feature prevents oversteering. They can be paired with DH3 Series draper headers featuring a 40' model.
A cutterbar with wide disks for a cleaner, closer cut and improved crop flow is at the heart of the DC3 Series disk mower conditioners, along with a simplified drive system.
The RB565 round baler provides 20% more capacity compared with previous models and includes a roller windguard and five-bar pickup for fast, even feeding.
Tough tillage. The Ecolo-Tiger 875 disk ripper includes four models ranging from 14' to 26' working widths with high-density Tiger points, Earth Metal blades and a hydraulically, cab-controlled, patented and double-edged reel. The Tiger points run just under hardpan compaction and lift, twist and roll soil to eliminate compaction with less draft, a design that delivers up to 350% more durability than previous versions. A powder-coat paint finish offers lasting quality.