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2012 New row crop and compact tractors

Published in the January 2012 Issue Published online: Jan 29, 2012 Feature Tyler J. Baum
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What would sugarbeet growers do without mighty row crop tractors? We'd feel every ounce of every ton during harvest! Harvest would be a back-breaking process, as we-as well as all of our neighbors-would be sweating in the hot sun or freezing in the cold wind, to harvest a handful of acres. Tractors of today are getting bigger, better and easier to drive every year. With many new tractor models featuring variable transmissions, growers will be more than willing to keep working for a few more hours in the field. And won't be breaking their backs to do it.

John Deere 7R Series

Contact: Bonneville County Implement in Idaho Falls, Idaho, at (888) 210-7235, Campbell Tractor and Equipment in Nampa, Idaho, at (800) 888-4087, or contact your local John Deere dealer.

The 7R Series combines the versatility of a utility tractor with the power of a row-crop tractor. Features include a new chassis that lets you ballast the tractor for hayfields or cornfields, a front hitch and PTO, six rear SCVs, plus increased hitch-lift and hydraulic capacities.

John Deere features a CommandView II Cab with optional cab suspension, with easy-to-read displays to easy-to-learn controls, plus unlimited views, plenty of storage space and unmatched comfort. A new cab suspension option automatically makes adjustments based on the driver's preferences and changing terrain for a comfortable ride.

The 7200R and 7215R are built with the new PowerTech PSX 6.8L engine, while the 7230R, 7260R and 7280R feature the new PowerTech PVX 9.0L engine. Both engines deliver uncompromised performance, outstanding fuel efficiency, plus reduced emissions all with just one fluid-diesel.

The new CommandQuad transmission gives you automated range shifting and push-button controls. Its Efficiency Manager feature maintains ground speed with the lowest RPMs to save fuel. The new Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT) delivers better overall performance at lower engine RPMs.

The integrated front hitch and PTO make the 7R Series more versatile in front-implement applications. Get up to 180 PTO hp, up to two SCVs and a pushbar for use with ground-engaging implements. The front hitch is situated close to the front axle for better maneuverability and control.

Massey Ferguson 7600 Series

The Massey Ferguson 7600 Series High-Horsepower Row Crop Tractors are versatile, hardworking and combine technology with exceptional comfort features. These new mid-frame row crop tractors are modeled after the highly advanced and popular Massey Ferguson 8600 Series, and replace the 6400 and 7400 Series. Four completely new models ranging from 170 to 225 engine horsepower (140 to 180 PTO HP) give producers more choices in power, productivity and comfort from Massey Ferguson.

The 7600 Series boasts some of the most innovative technology you'll find today. The new Series is powered by Tier IV interim emissions-compliant AGCO POWER diesel engines with e3 selective catalytic reduction (SCR) clean-air technology for improved emissions, minimal maintenance and exceptional fuel consumption. AGCO's new Generation 2 e3 SCR system incorporates a catalytic converter and diesel oxidation catalyst that work with the tractor's engine to maximize efficiency and simplify maintenance. This approach provides the most innovative and functional SCR system in the agriculture market today and offers owners best-in-class total fluid usage.

With a choice of Dyna-6 (24-speed, partial-powershift) or Dyna-VT (CVT) transmissions, plus redesigned cabs that offer a wide-angle view and superior operator comforts, these machines are designed to make a long day of work more enjoyable. To make the most of the CVT transmission, Dynamic Tractor Management (DTM) provides greater communication between the engine and gearbox so that the engine speed can automatically adjust to the load for more consistent power to the ground and improved fuel efficiency.

New for the 7600 Series is the inclusion of an OptiRide Plus cab suspension system. This unique cab suspension system relays information through an electronic control unit to automatically adjust the cab suspension to control bounce, rolling and pitching for a comfortable ride in the field or down the road.

Inside the redesigned cab, a right-hand Control Armrest, new Multipad control and new Multi-function Joystick provide easy-to-reach, fingertip control and ergonomic design that are comfortable for the operator to use. A new Datatronic CCD display offers greater performance and functionality and increased legibility so producers can accurately monitor and adjust tractor and implement settings.

Challenger MT500D Series

Challenger's all-new MT500D Series High Horsepower is made up of four entirely redesigned models, ranging from 170 to 225 engine hp (140-180 PTO HP), package unmatched quality and innovation with new comfort features to help producers handle the most challenging jobs. Optional factory-installed auto-steering and telemetry technologies available on these new models offer a never-before-seen level of control and help improve productivity and operational efficiency for any size farming operation.

The Challenger MT500D Series features some of the most cutting-edge technology found in the marketplace today. These tractors are powered by Tier 4-interim emissions-compliant AGCO POWER diesel engines with e3 selective catalytic reduction (SCR) clean-air technology for improved emissions, minimal maintenance and exceptional fuel efficiency.

Smooth-shifting on the MT500D Series is made possible by an innovative TechStar continuously variable transmission (CVT), which delivers true clutchless, stepless shifting, the convenience of a 1,200-hour service interval and limited moving parts for long life. Power Management (PM) continuously monitors the load on the engine, adjusting the engine and transmission to deliver optimum power and improved fuel efficiency. An AutoPower VI (partial-powershift) transmission also is available.

In addition, these tractors feature redesigned cabs that offer a wide-angle view and superior operator comfort.

Case IH Magnum 370 CVT

Case IH will expand the Magnum Series to include a new Magnum 370 CVT model, representing the highest horsepower mechanical front drive (MFD) tractor on the market at 419 maximum boosted engine horsepower. In addition, Case IH will offer operator-friendly Case IH Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) technology across the entire Magnum lineup, including the current 235, 260, 290, 315 and 340 models. The new Magnum 370 CVT model will debut in late 2012.

The new Magnum 370 features the efficient 8.7L Case IH FPT engine. Its heavy-duty Surround Frame provides the framework and "working-weight" ballast needed to transfer high horsepower levels to the ground. To harness this added power, the new Magnum 370 will feature a heavier final drive and rear axle assembly. In addition, Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology allows the Magnum 370 to deliver maximum power with outstanding fuel efficiency and low operating cost.

In addition to the Magnum 370 CVT, the Case IH CVT transmission will be released as a premium transmission option for the Magnum 235, 260, 290, 315 and 340 models. The new CVT transmission provides smooth operation with seamless shifting and a continuous selection of working speeds. The simplicity of Case IH CVT technology makes it ideal for less experienced operators and hired help. Operators can utilize the MultiControl Armrest to control the CVT transmission in a manner similar to, yet even easier to operate than, traditional Case IH full Powershift transmissions. That makes it an easy transition for older hands along with an easy learning curve for new operators.

New Holland T7 Series

The new T7 Series has unrivaled comfort, power, efficiency and precision. It includes innovative features, such as the Auto Command CVT transmission and the Sidewinder II armrest with CommandGrip multifunction controller.

All T7 Tractors, including 100- to 140-PTO hp, standard wheelbase models, are available with a choice of transmissions to match your operating needs and preferences, including full powershift and Continuous Variable Transmissions (CVTs).

Every aspect of the superior T7 Series tractor performance converges in the ultra-quiet, high-visibility Horizon cab, featuring unrivaled comfort and precision. From here, you control the groundbreaking engine power and the best-in-class dedicated hydraulic flow. Interior sound level is a hushed 70 dba. Sixty-three square feet of glass enclose the Horizon cab, providing an unobstructed view in every direction.

T7 Series hydraulic performance starts with the closed-center load-sensing (CCLS) system powered by a variable displacement piston pump, delivering 33 gallons per minute for the rear remotes, three-point hitch and loader on all models. An optional high-flow pump provides 39 GPM on models T7.235-T7.270 and 37 GPM on models T7.100-T7.210. All models include a separate pump for operating circuits.

FastSteer allows you to execute a right or left turn by moving the steering wheel a mere 10 degrees. Instead of the multiple steering wheel revolutions required for a "lock-to-lock" turn, only a nudge is needed with FastSteer for less effort and time on the job.

The Auto Command CVT makes it easy to find the perfect speed for each job because your choice of speeds is infinite. You accelerate from zero to maximum speed smoothly, without multiple steps. And, with no clutching, the shuttle shifting is the smoothest you'll find, making the Auto Command transmission ideal for loader work. Speed may be changed in increments as small as 0.1 mph.

Compact and Utility Tractors

Bobcat S750 Skid-Steer Loader

Bobcat's new S750 skid-steer loader joins the Bobcat M-Series loader line, which includes the S630, S650, S770 and S850 skid-steer loaders, and the T630, T650, T750, T770 and T870 compact track loaders. All Bobcat M-Series loaders share features such as improved power and performance, better visibility and outstanding operator comfort.

The S750 delivers an incredible 11 feet of vertical lift-3.5 inches higher than a S300 and features a 23-gallons-per-minute standard hydraulic flow-11 percent more than the S300 it replaces. It has an operating weight of 8,730 pounds, a rated operating capacity of 3,200 pounds and is powered by an 85-hp turbo-diesel engine.