Hot New Iron (2010)

December 17, 2009 10:48 AM

One year brings introductions of new machines for work all across the farmstead. Tractors, harvesting machines, application equipment and implements are being outfitted to meet the changing demands of farming. Here's a quick overview of the wide range of new models introduced in 2009.

Midsized muscle. This past year brought introductions of row-crop tractors and larger utility tractors from many manufacturers.

AGCO Corporation launched new tractors for its three brands: AGCO, Challenger and Massey Ferguson. The AGCO DT, Challenger MT600C and Massey Ferguson 8600 Series range from 205 PTO hp to 275 PTO hp. These tractors are the first models to be powered by engines using selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology. This engine design, which requires a urea additive for operation, is the platform AGCO will use to meet current and upcoming emission regulations.

Case IH added a model and a transmission option to its Magnum Series tractors. Outfitting the tractors with Case IH's continuously variable transmission (CVT) provides increased efficiency through a drivetrain that combines the stepless speed variability of a hydrostatic transmission with the mechanical efficiency of a traditional gear-on-gear transmission. The latest model addition is the Magnum 225 with 195 PTO hp.

Extending its availability in the U.S., JCB introduced the 7000 Series. This three-model lineup includes 147 PTO hp, 168 PTO hp and 190 PTO hp tractors. All are geared with P-Tronic transmissions, feature transport speeds up to 42 mph and have anti-lock braking systems for all four wheels.

John Deere unveiled its 8R Series, which includes the 345-engine-hp 8345R, the most powerful row-crop tractor John Deere has ever built. Along with the six-wheel models, there are three 8RT tracked models outfitted with the AirCushion suspension system. John Deere also added the 7530 Premium tractor, with 153 PTO hp, to the 7030 Series.

The Kubota M Series Deluxe tractors are powered by four-cylinder Kubota engines, and the series ranges from 85 PTO hp to 118 PTO hp.

The M135X is Kubota's most powerful M Series tractor yet.

McCormick added a trio of TTX Series tractors, with models ranging from 173 PTO hp to 193 PTO hp.

TTX models are full-frame tractors that also feature a 55° steering angle for better maneuverability.

New Holland introduced the next generation of T7000 Series tractors. This series, ranging from 135 PTO hp to 195 PTO hp, can be geared with the Auto Command continuously variable transmission and feature the SideWinder II control armrest.

Matched for capacity. Whether harvesting row crops or silage, self-propelled machines and the headers paired with them are being designed for more productive harvests.

Case IH 3400 Series corn heads are available in a 16-row, 30" configuration and an 18-row, 20" configuration. These corn heads feature point-to-point pinching-style stalk rolls for residue management. The 2600 Series chopping corn heads are available in 6-, 8- and 12-row sizes and feature new improvements for durability and gentle handling.

Claas extended its Orbis silage corn head to a 30' working width with the Orbis 900. Large drums on the end transport crop to the center of the head and create a windrow effect for the crop to enter the forage harvester, resulting in higher chop quality and increased fuel efficiency.

The Gleaner 9250 DynaFlex header from AGCO is available in 30', 35' and 40' widths. Its flexible cutterbar design is built with tilt arms that are evenly spaced every 30" and sectioned float pads on the cutterbar. The independent tilt arms provide an 8" range of travel.

The 800-hp John Deere 7950 self-propelled forage harvester (SPFH) is the most powerful forage harvester the company has built to date. The 7050 Series of forage harvesters range from 375 hp to 800 hp and can be paired with the new 770 SPFH corn head and 600C Series pickup heads.

Extending its capabilities, MacDon introduced the FD70 FlexDraper to harvest soybeans, edible beans and cereal crops. The 45' header matches or exceeds the harvesting capacities of Class 9 combines. The FD70 has a three-section flex frame, which allows the header to retain a consistently close relationship between the knife and the reel.

The New Holland CR9065 combine provides more power in a smaller-sized machine. The CR9065 has the same frame and 17" twin rotors as the CR9060 model but is outfitted with the engine used in New Holland's larger-frame CR9070 model. New Holland's latest rotary combine model, the CR9090, boasts 544 hp at rated engine speed with a maximum harvest power of 591 hp available and a grain tank capacity of 355 bu.

Oxbo International introduced the 50 Series corn head, its first harvesting head for field corn producers. Using a system the company has developed for seed corn harvesting, Oxbo designed the 50 Series corn heads with its Soft Touch technology, focusing on gentle, efficient ear removal. The 50 Series is available in sizes ranging from 6-row to 14-row with 30" spacing and limited configurations in 20" spacing.

Ready for the field. Smarter and more efficient self-propelled sprayers are reaching out to farmers and custom applicators alike.

Case IH extended its offerings with the Patriot 3230, rated at 220 hp with an 800-gal. tank.

John Deere replaced the 6700 sprayer with the 4630 sprayer. This machine can be built with a narrow (72" to 88") or wide (90" to 120") axle configuration to match a variety of row spacings. John Deere also provides owners of model year 2008–2009 sprayers a high-clearance sprayer bundle to allow fungicide application at tassel.

Miller St. Nazianz expanded the G Series Condor sprayers with the G40 and the G75. For the first time since Miller acquired the technology, the Spray-Air air boom system can be added to the G40 sprayer up to 103' wide and is available in a dual-fan configuration up to 120' wide on the G75. Building upon the Nitro 4000 lineup, Miller introduced the Nitro HT models to increase performance on steep hills and power through other challenging field conditions where higher torque requirements are necessary.

The five models in the new RoGator lineup from AGCO feature increased horsepower and greater capacity with 900-gal., 1,100-gal. and 1,300-gal. liquid systems. A redesigned front entry with fold-down ladder provides easier access to the six-post cab.

Sights on seed. Planters and air drills are getting bigger to cover acres faster. There's no doubt about that as companies are introducing large machines that make a big statement.

The Case IH Precision Hoe 800 air hoe drill is outfitted with two new patented features for precision seed and fertilizer placement—a parallel link row unit and an angled, double-shoot knife opener. Case IH also introduced extensions to its 1260 Early Riser planter lineup with new configurations. The 36-row model is available in 20", 22" and 30" rows, and the 32-row planter has 30" rows. Thanks to a new front-fold design, the 1260 transports as narrow as 13'8", while the new steerable rear axle option helps the 1260 follow the same path as the tractor during turns.

John Deere introduced the largest planter available today, the DB120. With a 120' toolbar, the 48-row implement can plant more than 75 acres an hour. For unique planter configurations, John Deere and Orthman Manufacturing will co-produce custom-built planter configurations. John Deere also expanded its lineup of 1910 Commodity Carts with the addition of two larger models—a two-tank 350-bu. and a three-tank 430-bu. tow-between cart configuration.

Kinze Manufacturing expanded its offerings with the Air Seed Delivery system to 3660 ASD Twin-Line planters and 3800 ASD models. Also, 12- and 16-row 3660 Twin-Line planters can be equipped with two-section manual half-width disconnect of right and left sections from the tractor cab.

For the first time, Landoll introduced a full line of grain drills. Designed for use in conventional to no-till conditions, the drill has a planter-style seed tube for seed delivery to the bottom of the trench. The 5530 Series is available in 30' and 40' widths, 7½" or 10" spacings and a dry fertilizer option.

With durability and innovation reflective of its Flexi-Coil heritage, New Holland's P2070 precision air hoe drill provides the ultimate in precision seed placement with adjustable individual opener depth control. It works up to 70' wide, yet folds into a compact, narrow package for transport.

Set the soil. Tillage equipment is designed to meet today's residue management challenges and field conditions to set the scene for planting.

Brillion builds on its Soil Builder II coulter chisel, offering the Folding Soil Builder II. The folding 17- and 21-shank models features an increased working width up to 26' and a narrow transport width of 15'4".

Case IH extended its tillage lineup with four new sizes. The True-Tandem 330 Turbo vertical tillage unit is available in a 42'5", five-section model. The Ecolo-Tiger 870 disk ripper now features a 26' working width. The True-Tandem 370 disk harrow has two five-section models: 42'4" and 46'7".

Krause is replacing its 5630 field cultivator with the new 5635 model. Working sizes range from 20' to 50'. This tillage equipment provides uniform cultivation with the Split the Middle Sweep pattern.

When designing the 7430 VT Plus tillage tool, Landoll sought to build a vertical tillage machine that could anchor residue, have shallow working depths, mix more soil, provide better weed kill across the machine and have the ability to level small ruts. With the gangs set at 10°, the angle combined with the ultrashallow concavity blades provides the lateral movement of soil. The VT Plus is available in 23' to 33' working widths.

Entering the strip-till market, Sunflower from AGCO Corporation introduced the 8-row and 12-row 7600 Series strip-till system. It features a 7"x73⁄8" wall toolbar designed with a 10" range of vertical travel, adjustable dual down-pressure springs and
shearbolt-protected shank assemblies.

Bring on farm chores. Utility vehicles and ATVs are growing in popularity, and model year 2010 vehicles from Arctic Cat, Honda, Kawasaki and others offer new work-centric features.

Case IH reintroduced the Scout brand name with a lineup of four-wheel-drive utility vehicles. The Scout is available in two-passenger and four-passenger models, powered by diesel or gas engines.

The New Holland Rustler utility vehicle provides total vehicle capacity of 900 lb. to 1,600 lb. Rustler utility vehicles are equipped with independent front and rear suspension and a wide variety of factory- and dealer-installed options and accessories.

Polaris gave its 2010 lineup of Ranger utility vehicles and Sportsman ATVs rugged features for work outdoors.

With the addition of 2010 models, Yamaha Motor has 17 ATVs in its lineup, including updates to the Grizzly Big Bear models.

The Kubota RTV 1140 CPX is a utility workhorse that can adjust for the number of people on the job. The back bench seat can be used for passengers or to extend the cargo bed.

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