Machinery Journal

March 4, 2017 02:30 AM

By Sara Brown and Ben Potter


McCormick Unveils Three New Tractor Series

Six new models in three tractor families from McCormick offer farmers new options, including the company’s highest horsepower tractor yet at more than 300 hp. 

The X6 Standard Series includes two models with a large open station chassis and a simplified configuration. A four-cylinder BetaPower diesel engine, which delivers 121 hp to 130 hp, drives the shuttle transmission and four-wheel driveline. 

In the large utility tractor segment at 130 hp, the X6 VT-Drive model with CVT features the efficiency of a mechanical transmission and the infinite speeds and smooth acceleration of a hydrostatic transmission. An integrated 12" color, touch-screen universal terminal with ISOBUS connectivity and available electronic hydraulic controls provide a higher level of management while offering flexibility. 

The X8 Series is McCormick’s top horsepower offering, with three models ranging from 264 to 310 engine horsepower. Each model features a six-cylinder BetaPower diesel engine and CVT transmission to deliver speeds up to 32 mph. Hydraulic front axle suspension and cab suspension enhance comfort. Closed center hydraulics deliver up to 54 gal. per minute of flow. The large cab includes the latest technology and comfort features yet remains simple to operate. 

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By Sara Brown and Ben Potter


Tech Upgrade for Challenger Series

A 9" touchscreen Tractor Management Center (TMC) terminal and new precision farming technology offerings are now offered on the Challenger MT600E series. AgControl section and variable-rate control as well as TaskDoc Pro wireless data transfer are fully integrated. As part of the Fuse approach to precision agriculture, customers can choose a NovAtel SMART6-L or Trimble AG-382 receiver to match base station and coverage needs. The TMC terminal has video input for a camera, four CAN inputs, an USB input, an Ethernet port and Bluetooth capability. The terminal includes 4GB of memory and 1GB of RAM. The Challenger MT600E Series offers five models from 240 hp to 340 hp. Visit a dealer or

By Sara Brown and Ben Potter


White Planters Integrate SpeedTube

For more precise and consistent seed placement of corn at speeds up to 9.8 mph, the White Planters 9800VE Series planters are now equipped with SpeedTube seed tubes from Precision Planting. Unlike traditional planter seed paths, the SpeedTube controls the seed all the way from the meter to the furrow. Feeder wheels at the top of the seed tube take control of the seed from the seed meter disk and pull it into a flighted belt that places it in the bottom of the seed trench. The VE Series planters also feature the vSet seed meter, vDrive electronic drive system, optional automated DeltaForce hydraulic downforce and fully integrated 20/20 SeedSense monitoring. For more information, visit your local dealer or

By Ben Potter


Case IH’s Next Wave of New Products

Case IH celebrates a milestone birthday this year, as it turns 175 years old. Throughout the years, the company has not wavered from its guiding principles of innovative engineering, efficient power and agronomic design, according to president Andreas Klauser. Those principles were on display at the 2017 National Farm Machinery Show, he says, when Case IH announced its latest products and technologies:

  • Case IH will offer a new high-speed, low-disturbance (HSLD) coulter option for the Nutri-Placer 930 fertilizer applicator. Dave Long, marketing manager for pull-type fertilizer applicators, says it is capable of running at speeds up to 11 mph, allowing operators to cover more than 500 acres in a 12-hour work day.

One key factor to this performance is a 22.6" single-coulter blade design, Long says, which cuts through residue with reduced plugging and minimal soil disturbance. Each row unit also contains a cast-iron spring-loaded knife, wiper wheel and closing system with SharkTooth blade and walking tandem press wheel.

  • Case IH also introduced its AccuStar GPS receiver, which allows operators to upgrade or add precision capabilities to older farm equipment. The setup is ideal for ElectriSteer-assisted steering, GPS positioning for combine yield-mapping, stand-alone GPS applications and providing GPS to third-party displays or applications, explains Leo Bose, Case IH AFS marketing manager.
  • In the autoguidance category, AccuTurn automated headland-turning technology will also be available this year. It’s a hands-free (and worry-free) approach to autoguidance technology, Bose says.

Two modes of operation—Automatic and Turn Now—allow for some customization of the technology. “Whether navigating expansive open spaces or smaller, irregular fields, AccuTurn automatically controls the entire headland-turning process with industry-leading path-planning logic,” he explains. 

  • Farmers aren’t just collecting data from the cab anymore, Bose notes, which is why Case IH developed a UAV package in collaboration with DroneDeploy. The package includes a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone, RGB camera, hard carrying case, extra battery and a one-year subscription to DroneDeploy’s software. Users can collect imagery with the drone and camera, then analyze and filter maps through the software.
  • Back by popular demand, Case IH announces a line of Maxxum Series two-wheel drive tractors with several models ranging from 116 hp to 145 hp. These models feature efficient power, enhanced maneuverability and a tighter turning radius ideal for forage and livestock operations, says Cole Carling, Case IH Maxxum tractor marketing manager.

Customers can choose two-wheel drive or manual four-wheel drive (MFD). “Removing the MFD feature reduces the purchase price but still gives producers the dedicated horsepower to get the job done,” he says.

Other features include FPT engines with SCR emissions technology, a SurroundVision cab with a high-
visibility roof panel and smaller front wheels for an unobstructed, 360° view and available cab suspension.

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By Margy Eckelkamp


John Deere Rollout Adds Functionality and Efficiency

At the 2017 National Farm Machinery Show, John Deere introduced a host of new products, from their largest air cart ever to an app: 

  • To drill more acres per day, John Deere debut the C850. The air cart has an 850-bu. carrying capacity, which is 55% larger than previous models.

“Producers will see industry-leading total product delivery from AirPower 2, standard equipment on the C850,” says Ryan Hough, John Deere product marketing manager for seeding. “Tank scales are integrated, and a five-pivot hydraulic wireless conveyance is capable of delivering 100 bu. per minute to fill all tanks from a single positioning of the cart and semi.”

Using common input rates, farmers can seed approximately 170 acres before refilling, Hough says. Calibration can be completed via a display mounted to the cart and in-field calibration is possible from inside the tractor cab via ActiveCal.

The C850 is equipped with an integrated camera wiring harness, compatible with CabCAM and Voyager cameras. The cart is compatible with the 76' John Deere 1870 air hoe drill and 50' and 60' 1890 no-till air drills. It comes with a 50-bu. mini hopper and dual rear and single front tires.

  • With four models ranging from 90 to 125 engine horsepower, John Deere 5R Series tractors feature a 7.4' wheelbase with a 60° steering angle to provide a turning radius of 12.1'.

Electronic transmissions include the CommandQuad Manual and Command8. Using a multi-range selection, the operator can toggle from B range through D range without stopping. A feature first offered on row-crop tractors, AutoClutch is now available on the 5R Series, which allows stepping on the brake to automatically disengage the clutch.

The Premium Panorama cab roof provides 80% more visibility compared with its predecessor’s upward visibility. A single-piece front windshield increases forward visibility 7%. 

The new John Deere 540R loader was designed for 5 Series tractors. The loader features automatic mast latch, single-point hydraulic connection, remote implement latch and slide-slung self-leveling links. A mechanical or electrohydraulic loader joystick option with gear-shift buttons and a joystick reverser is integrated into the swivel seat. 

  • The John Deere Connect Mobile App allows farmers to monitor, adjust and analyze their planter and sprayer operator in real-time, including row-by-row and nozzle-by-nozzle. For farmers who previously used SeedStar Mobile, the data stored on their iPad will migrate to Connect Mobile after the new app is installed. Data is saved on an iPad, and can be transferred from vehicle to vehicle. The Connect Mobile interface is the same from machine to machine, so it makes it easier for farmers to analyze data. Hardware is factory-installed. John Deere Connect Mobile can be downloaded from the Apple app store for free 2017.
  • John Deere 4 Series sprayers are outfitted with 120' and 132' lightweight carbon fiber booms to reduce wing weight by more than 35%. This helps minimize crop and soil impact, and they’re designed to be corrosion resistant and easy to clean and maintain.

John Deere 4 Series sprayers are also outfitted with the CommandView II cab and the 4600 CommandCenter for capturing and managing data. To customize the controls and work environment, the CommandARM has been redesigned with a multi-function handle. John Deere dealers will be taking orders for the new features beginning in June.

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