Case IH will celebrate 20 years of its industry-leading Quadtrac range at this year’s LAMMA show / The first Case IH Quadtrac was shown to US farmers in 1995
The most powerful series production tractors in the world, the Case IH Quadtrac has always been the most successful when it comes to delivering the highest pulling power for wide working widths while implementing efficient, ground-conserving tillage and drilling concepts.
When the first Quadtrac was sold in the UK it quickly set the industry benchmark in terms of lugging power, traction, protecting the ground and fuel efficiency - appreciated by arable farmers around the world for its productivity, reliability and high level of driving comfort.
To date, 540 of the award-winning range have been sold in the UK – the first of which was used on a large arable farm in Lincoln.
The latest generation includes the top-of-the-range Quadtrac 620, which has a power rating of 628 hp and a maximum power output of 692 hp. Four independently driven tracks offer a constant contact area of more than 5.6 square metres – around 25% more than other tractors in this class. It adds up to increased traction, reduced ground pressure and virtually zero slip, even in damp or difficult conditions.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary, the Case IH stand at LAMMA will feature an early Quadtrac 9370, along with other prodcuts in its portfoilo including a MagnumTM 380 CVX Rowtrac - voted ‘Tractor of the Year 2015’. Its Axial Flow 140 and 240 combines – both of which are available in tracked versions – will also be showcased.
There will also be a cake cutting by Helen Rainthorpe, whose father, John, was among the first farmers in the UK to use a Quadtrac. She also organised the Quadtrac Guiness World record in 2012, which took place at Hemswell Cliff, Lincolnshire, and involved 50 Quadtracs – setting a record for the most machines cultivating on one field for five minutes.
The Case IH Axial-Flow 140 has undergone a raft of changes for 2016 – ensuring even better comfort, reduced soil compaction and safer road transport.
The improvements, which support the combine’s ability to work with larger headers and utilize its 10,500 litre grain tank, allow for the more precise spreading of chopped straw and chaff, as well as more accurate swathing. Meanwhile, a new Cross Flow Cleaning System conveys the crop efficiently and with higher capacity to the sieves to ensure optimum grain flow. New composite bottoms of the clean grain and tailings augers make cleaning simple and quick, feeder enhancements also mean less time and money needs to be spent on maintenance, while a new factory-fitted yield sensor comes as standard.
Case IH’s brand new Optum 300 CVX tractor range, which was launched to the European audience in November and voted “Machine of the Year 2016” at the recent Agritechnica show, will also be on show.
The range features two equally versatile and powerful models with 270 and 300 hp, offering excellent agility and flexibility, while performance almost corresponds to the bigger Magnum.
As well as a brand new bonnet design and rear fender styling, the tractors include the standard four-speed rear PTO and the unique option of a two-speed-front PTO, while the re-engineered continuously variable transmission using double clutch technology delivers impressive traction with the 2.15 diameter tyres.
The Case IH Optum CVX has the ability to put the additional power to the ground whilst maintaining the agility of the smaller models, thus further increasing efficiency, maximising uptime and increasing comfort levels for the operator, whilst reducing total cost of ownership.