Machinery Journal

Machinery Journal

By Aimee Cope and Erica VandenHouten


Built for Performance with Broad Capabilities 

Built on core Fastrac features, JCB unveils the Fastrac 4000 series. The series includes three models, 4160, 4190 and 4220, all powered by a 6.6-liter six-cylinder AGCO Power engine that meets the latest Tier 4 Final exhaust emission rules using SCR technology. The 4160 delivers 160 hp, with up to 175 hp, and the 4190 model features 189 hp, with a 208 hp maximum. The 4220 brings 217 hp, with up to 235 hp.

The series sports a CVT transmission ideal for power, torque, seamless acceleration and speed control. An all-round suspension feature allows for fast speeds on the road with lower engine speeds. The ability to reach 38 mph at 1,600 rpms helps boost maximum fuel economy. 

With side-to-side, front and rear self-levelling, the suspension system allows the ability to “squat” under 
demountable equipment to change implements quicker and easier.

The hydraulic system delivers higher oil flows to more efficiently handle demanding implements. Electronic spool valves provide finger-tip control, and both timer and flow functions are adjustable from inside the cab. 

The series comes standard with two-wheel steering or optional four-wheel steering. Bigger tires for improved flotation and traction are standard. A redesigned chassis and tighter turning axles make the series more maneuverable. Active traction manipulates engine torque for maximum pulling power.

Price: $225,000 to $260,000. For more details, visit


Electric Drives Offer Simplicity

For 2016, Kinze will equip its 12-row and 16-row 3660 planters with electric drives. Maintenance is simpler with the electric drives because they eliminate the need for clutches, drive shafts, chains, bearings and sprockets. They also allow for turning compensation and row-by-row variable-rate planting. The 3660 frame comes standard with hydraulic weight transfer and is combined with the 4000 series vacuum meters offering singulation accuracy. 

An optional split row system is available for the 12-row and 16-row planters. The system uses push units for 
increased residue flow. The split row option converts the 15" planter to a 30" planter by locking up the row units. 

The planter can be controlled with an approved ISOBUS compatible monitor, such as the Raven Viper 4 monitor available through Kinze. This monitor offers continuous viewing of planter functions, including the coverage map, comes equipped with 30 GB of internal storage and is Slingshot ready.

For more information, visit 


UTV Powers Through Tough Terrain

For those driven to do more, Cub Cadet expands its UTV lineup with the launch of the Challenger Series. Available in two models—the Challenger 500 and the Challenger 700—the vehicles come standard with features such as alloy wheels, large profile 26" off-road tires and a digital display.

On-demand four-wheel-drive and high-strength components provide the power to handle tough terrain along with a 1,200-lb. towing capacity. The frame is engineered with high-strength steel and heavy-duty reinforcements, including a hard-top roof, quick-release windshield and front-mount winch. Other standard features include four-wheel disk brakes, dual-row wheel bearings, four-wheel independent suspension with oversized hardware and Delphi EFI. Both UTV models are available in yellow and camouflage. These two-passenger vehicles will be available in May 2015. Price: Challenger 500, $8,499.99; and Challenger 700, $9,499.99.

For more information, visit www.cub or a local dealer.

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