Machinery Journal

September 26, 2015 02:36 AM
Machinery Journal

By Jim Dickrell

New Holland Takes Initiative on Clean Energy

In an effort to be more environmentally sound, all 2016 New Holland models, from tractors and combines to forage harvesters and sprayers, will be Tier 4B compliant. The New Holland emissions treatment system reduces particulate matter and nitrogen oxide levels 90% compared with the Tier 3 standard. It does so by using internal exhaust gas recirculation and a particulate matter catalyst. The system is completely automatic, so it doesn’t require stopping to regenerate. The new Tier 4B Fiat engines also produce more torque. 

T7 Heavy Duty

Tractors: The T7 Heavy Duty tractor models—the T7.290 and the T7.315—feature the power of a large-frame tractor and the versatility of a medium-frame model. The 290 is equipped with 245 PTO hp, and the 315 sports 270 PTO hp.  

A shorter wheelbase enhances maneuverability, and the EcoBlue HI-eSCR engine technology optimizes power, combustion, torque and fuel economy. The models also feature a redesigned cab, a heavy-duty, suspended front axle and New Holland’s IntelliCruise Class 3 tractor/baler automation syncing technology. 

BigBaler 340 CropCutter

Forage: The IntelliCruise Feed Rate Control System, available for big square baler models, allows the baler to take control of the tractor’s groundspeed to optimize forage flow into the bale charger. All the operator has to do is steer the tractor, much like cruise control in a car.

“If you make a large investment in a tractor and baler, you want to get maximum efficiency all of the time,” says Curt Hoffman, crop packaging marketing manager. “With the Intelli-Cruise system, you can get that even with inexperienced operators.” 

The IntelliCruise feature, controlled and operated with the ISOBUS III system, increases capacity and productivity and lowers fuel consumption. The BigBaler 340 Standard and CropCutter models are equipped with ISOBUS III, but the tractors powering the baler have to be as well. 

When running in charge control mode, the tractor speed automatically adjusts to optimize material moving into the fill chamber. In areas of lighter swaths, groundspeed increases so the flow of material into the charger chamber moves faster. In heavier crop conditions, groundspeed slows.  

In slice control mode, the tractor’s speed adjusts so each slice of the bale and therefore each bale are nearly identical. This results in a more uniform bale length and number of slices per bale, which is particularly important for the export hay market.  

New Holland also introduces in-cab density control and variable core adjustment on several round baler models. 

“Core density can be set differently from the outside of the bale, which makes the bale easier to spear for transport and easier for cattle to tear into. It also allows for better drying,” says Mark Lowery, dairy and livestock marketing specialist.

A lower density core allows the bale to breathe in high-moisture conditions, which means faster drying and less chance of spoilage and heating. “The operator can change the bale density from the cab, depending on crop conditions,” he says. “The operator can also determine the size of the core from the tractor seat.”

For pricing and more information, contact your local dealer or visit 

By Sara Brown and Aimee Cope

Polaris Powers Up Ranger and Sportsman Models

The Polaris Ranger lineup adds two full-sized vehicles and a pair of two-seat vehicles to round out their models. 

Ranger 570 Full-Size

The Ranger 570 Full-Size has a 60"-wide three-seat chassis, rollover protection structure and a rear-mounted 44-hp ProStar 570 engine. The machine has 1,500 lb. of towing capacity and payload, 800-lb. bed capacity and adjustable Independent Rear Suspension (IRS). Comfort features include tilt steering, a three-seat bench and storage. Price: $9,999.

The addition of high-output ProStar engines to the Ranger Crew 900-5, 900-6, 570-6 models and Ranger XP 570 adds more power. The Crew 900 models boast 68 hp, and the XP 570 and Crew 570-6 now sport 46 hp.   

In the ATV category, the Sportsman line adds three models and several improvements to existing models. 

Sportsman 450 H.O.

For entry-level consumers, the Sportsman 450 H.O. features a ProStar 31-hp engine and full-sized capability at a 400-cc class price. The vehicle is equipped with Polaris’ On-Demand, True All-Wheel Drive, MacPherson Strut front suspension, IRS and Lock & Ride accessory integration. Price: $5,999. 

Improvements to existing Sportsman models include 50% stronger front-half shafts and improved driveline on all 850-cc and 1,000-cc models. The Sportsman 450 H.O. and 570-cc models feature a new seat with more foam, durable seat base, more-powerful 660-watt stator to run more accessories and added exhaust pipe shielding. The entire line also receives a higher capacity, air filter for improved air flow and dust filtration to the engine.

To view more of the 2016 lineup, visit

By Sara Brown and Aimee Cope

Salford Vertical Tillage Tools Set to Cut Compaction


Two new models, the I-2200 and I-4200, round out the eight-model lineup of Independent or “I” Series tillage tools from Salford. Like the other models, the I-2200 and I-4200 sport independently mounted coulter blades, which vertically slice through soil while fractioning layers of compaction. The I-2200 has coulter blades running straight up and down for minimal soil disturbance, making it a true vertical tool. On the other hand, the I-4200, a hybrid tillage machine, combines the concepts of vertical and conventional tillage into one tool. 

The I-2200 combines the Coil-Tech Coulter II 15⁄8" Independent blade mounting system of the I-2100 with the 5" spacing of the I-1200. It also sports 60% more down pressure than Coil Tech I and deeper penetration into tough ground conditions. 

The I-4200 has the residue mixing capabilities of the I-4100 with the field finish of a I-1200 or I-2200. The front two rows use the same rubber cushion concave blade coulters and spacing found on the I-4100. The rear rows feature 50% more Coil-Tech II wavy blade coulters with 22" eight-wave blades than on the I-4100.  

For more information, visit

By Aimee Cope

John Deere Unveils Comprehensive 2016 Equipment Lineup

With broad options for 2016, Travis Becton, director of marketing for U.S. and Canada, sums up John Deere’s lineup in one word: innovation. 

“We are driving performance in products to help customers boost yields, increase productivity and cut costs,” Becton says. 

The highlights of John Deere’s recent rollout include:

612FC Folding 12-Row Corn Head

Crop harvest: The S-Series combines feature a shoe drive system with  a wider belt, 12% larger cleaning sieve and DynaFlow Plus cleaning system. Active terrain adjustment automatically controls fan speed and sieve and chaffer openings.

Configured for 30" spacing, the 612FC folding 12-row corn head sports an improved row unit slip clutch and drive shaft interface. The folding capacity boosts in-field efficiencies and productivity.

The 600FD Hydraflex draper, available in three models, sports streamlined end dividers, wider center-feed sections, an increase in center belt drive speed, centered divider design and 30% stronger reel fingers. Prices: Contact your local dealer. 

459E Round Baler

Forage: Designed for smaller operations, the 459E round baler produces 4x5 bales in net or twin wrap options. Six Diamond belts provide 90% more coverage of the bale chamber and 20% greater belt coverage. Edge-to-edge net wrap option is available. Price: $20,000 to $25,000.

Tractors: The 6105E, 6120E and 6135E tractors sport a PowerTech engine and two PowerReverser transmissions: 14/12 Hi/Lo with 11 working speeds and standard 12/12 transmission with six working speeds. The tractors automatically handle regeneration and when combined with reduced fluid consumptions, can save $2,000 in fluid costs per year. Price with cabs: $72,964, 6105E; $79,014, 6120E; $85,084, 6135E.

Technology: To better manage machinery and agronomic details, John Deere releases Harvest Mobile. The tool optimizes machine functions to improve grain harvesting operations. It collects and transfers data to help operators make timely decisions via a usable interface. The information can be shared with trusted advisers. 

For more information, visit your local dealer or

To view the full 2016 lineup from John Deere, 
complete with photos, visit


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