Case IH Puma Tractor Series Gets Upgraded

August 25, 2008 07:00 PM
An Farm Equipment Special

The 2009 Line of Case IH Puma Tractors will feature a new CVT Powertrain and an improved control command center. According to Case IH, A larger model - the new Puma 225 at 195 PTO horsepower - is being rolled out, while at the same time a series of enhancements and new options are being announced for the entire family.

According to the company’s new product release, the Puma 225 is available exclusively with the new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which leverages more than a decade of Case IH CVT experience and engineering expertise for a proven design specifically adapted to the needs of North American farmers. The Case IH Puma 165, Puma 180, Puma 195 and Puma 210 - at 135, 150, 165 and 180 PTO hp, respectively - are each available with either CVT or full powershift transmissions.

“The Puma series is ideal as a primary tractor for a livestock operation, or mixed farm enterprise, with both loader and hay applications along with mid-sized row crop tools. They also work well for larger cash crop operations as a sprayer, transport or utility tractor,” “We’ve taken CVT transmission technology with a proven field record -- Case IH European customers have relied on it for more than 10 years -- and adapted the technology specifically for the needs of North American farm operations,” says Tom Dean, marketing director of tractors for Case IH.

The Puma models are powered by the quiet, fuel efficient 6.75L Case IH engine that’s built a reputation for responsive power and durability. The engines are also fully biodiesel compatible. When approved Case IH maintenance procedures are followed, these engines are rated for up to a 100 percent biodiesel blend (B100), Dean says.

The DieselSaver™ Auto Productivity Management (APM) system, standard on the Puma CVT models, allows the operator to select the desired engine and ground speed based on the specific application and time available. APM then automatically adjusts to ensure the best possible balance of power and fuel efficiency.

The Puma models are now available with the AFS AccuGuide™ Ready option to make full use of the Case IH AFS precision farming capabilities. Dean says, “Whether you’re just getting into autoguidance, or fully comfortable with the technology already, the Puma series can be set up to meet your needs. It’s fully capable in the field with the AFS Pro 600 color display to manage autoguidance, and also monitor key tractor functions with the Field Performer application common to Case IH Magnum and Steiger tractors.”

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