Case IH Rolls Out Rugged New True-Tandem 345 Seed Bed Disk Harrow to Handle Today's Toughest Residue
09 Jun 2014
RACINE, Wis. — Building on a field-proven Case IH tillage
legacy, new True-Tandem™ 345 seed bed disk
harrows deliver key advances to improve field finish, durability and machine
“The True-Tandem 345 makes short work of Bt corn and other residue and leaves
a level soil finish out the back in spring or fall,” says Tim Nix, Case IH
Tillage Marketing Manager. “We love to put our disk harrows in the field next to
any other brand and watch the growers react.”
Growers can now choose an optional rolling reel
basket with active hydraulic down pressure to size any remaining large clods and
further condition the soil ahead of the planter. The optional True-Tandem 345
basket uses the same patented, double-edge bent bar found on the Ecolo-Tiger® 875. The
active hydraulic down pressure system on the basket maintains constant down
pressure and gives farmers total control from the comfort of the cab. “In muddy
or rocky conditions when you don’t need the basket, or in changing field
conditions, you can easily make adjustments on the go,” Nix says.
Producers can also choose from the following options for additional soil
True-Tandem Advantage Unlike competitive offset disk harrows, the Case IH
True-Tandem symmetrical design offers a long life of straight, easy pulling in
the roughest field conditions.
Similarly, rugged Earth Metal® blades on the 345 effectively size and mix
residue from today’s hardiest hybrids, unlock the nutrients for the next crop,
and leave the soil smooth and ready for planting. “The 22-inch Earth Metal
blades have flat, crimped centers for added strength and long life, and a
tighter fit with the spools. They’re 30 percent stronger and last up to 20
percent longer than conventional blades.”
Various blade thickness and edge options are available to tailor the 345 disk
harrow to a wide range of soils and field conditions.
In addition, an improved scraper design on the 345 increases durability and
minimizes plugging, keeping operators productive. “Our fixed-mount scrapers keep
mud and trash from building up on blades,” Nix adds. “And heavy cast-iron spools
between the blades add weight to the gangs where it’s needed, not the frame.”
More Productivity-Improving Features
Case IH also increased the use of greaseless bearings on hinges, rockshafts
and baskets, which will significantly decrease routine maintenance on the 345.
According to Nix, “There are significantly fewer grease zerks on a typical size
345 machine, which means a lot less time spent on maintenance.”
Nix says farmers also will appreciate the walking tandem design of the
True-Tandem 345 mainframe and wing wheels. “They move independently and stay on
the ground better, while providing a smoother ride at faster speeds,” he
continues. “So the disks are staying at the proper level and not bouncing in and
out of the soil.” Optional patented one-way pivoting front stabilizer wheels
prevent gouging in uneven terrain and improve stability during turns.
New stubble-resistant tires help prevent flats from tough residue. These
optional tires also are larger – 340/55-16 on smaller sizes and 380/60-R16.5 on
larger machines – to provide greater flotation and reduce compaction. New class
3 powder coat paint adds years of life to the finish. In addition, every
True-Tandem 345 seed bed disk harrow will come equipped with LED lighting, for
better nighttime visibility and longer light life.
The 345 replaces the Case IH
True-Tandem 340 disk harrow single-fold models and will be available in
working widths from 22 to 34 feet, in three-foot increments. “Many areas of the
machine have been strengthened to make the 345 our toughest seed bed disk yet.
With the True-Tandem 345 seed bed disk harrow, Case IH continues our long legacy
of providing producers with rugged, productive tillage equipment,” Nix
concludes. Orders are being accepted now for delivery in early 2015. Contact
your local Case IH dealer
Case IH is a global leader in agricultural equipment, committed to
collaborating with its customers to develop the most powerful, productive,
reliable equipment – designed to meet today’s agricultural challenges.
Challenges like feeding an expanding global population on less land, meeting
ever-changing government regulations and managing input costs. With headquarters
in the United States, Case IH has a network of dealers and distributors that
operates in over 160 countries. Case IH provides agricultural equipment systems,
flexible financial service offerings and parts and service support for
professional farmers and commercial operators through a dedicated network of
professional dealers and distributors. Productivity enhancing products include
tractors; combines and harvesters; hay and forage equipment; tillage tools;
planting and seeding systems; sprayers and applicators; site-specific farming
tools and utility vehicles. Case IH is a brand of CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE:
CNHI / MI: CNHI).
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