Puma remains ideal tractor for diverse farming needs, with stock ready to go to work
09 Jun 2023
Just over 15 years since the Puma burst onto the global farming scene, this reliable workhorse has proved its worth in agricultural operations across Australia and New Zealand and has evolved significantly from those first models.
When the Puma series was first announced in 2006, Case IH said it was designed to fill a niche between the Maxxum and Magnum series, and was described as a "multi-purpose tractor with the right amount of power for both row-crop and livestock applications".
In Australia, sugarcane producers in particular have made the Puma an integral part of their operations during harvest time, but other types of farm businesses have also capitalised on the tractor's suitability as either the primary tractor in a smaller to mid-size operation or as a versatile all-rounder in a bigger broadacre business.
"We sell a lot of Pumas in Queensland and NSW, where sugarcane producers in particular have embraced the Puma as the ideal haul-out tractor, so with this year's crush due to start in the next month or so, now's a great time to look to your current tractor fleet and consider either adding to it or upgrading with a new Puma," said Lawrence Polga, Case IH Australia/New Zealand product manager for Puma tractors.
"Equally, any farming operation looking for something with some power but also small enough to be highly manoeuvrable and responsive should look at the Puma, because stock levels in dealerships at the moment are very good, with tractors on the floor and ready to go."
"Designed to fill a niche at the time it was launched, the Puma has certainly found its place in Australian and New Zealand farming operations, cementing a reputation for ruggedness and reliability in all conditions, and across a range of tasks. Each evolution has brought even more features and higher levels of performance and efficiency to the table, and it's exciting to see where the Puma goes from here" - Lawrence Polga, Case IH
Standard-wheel base (SWB), long-wheel base (LWB), T3 and Stage V Pumas are in good supply and adding to the range's appeal currently are end-of-financial-year offers which include 0.99% finance rates.
Models range from 125-240hp, with a choice of FPT 6-cylinder tier 3 or Stage V engines with a variety of transmissions, as well as the availability of Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) on selected models to take advantage of the best possible balance of power and fuel efficiency.
Inside the Puma, operators enjoy quality comfort and ride, and have access to everything they need at their fingertips, with Case IH's renowned MultiControl armrest.
"Designed to fill a niche at the time it was launched, the Puma has certainly found its place in Australian and New Zealand farming operations, cementing a reputation for ruggedness and reliability in all conditions, and across a range of tasks. Each evolution has brought even more features and higher levels of performance and efficiency to the table, and it's exciting to see where the Puma goes from here," Lawrence said.
Lawrence will be at Toowoomba's FarmFest field days in June with the latest Puma models.
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