The first Case IH Maxxum CVX EP tractor in Ireland made its working debut this week following the start of commercial production at the company’s St. Valentin factory in Austria during November. The Maxxum CVX is the first four-cylinder Case IH tractor to incorporate a Constantly Variable Transmission.
With holding tanks full after prolonged wet conditions throughout the winter, the 130hp Maxxum 130 CVX was put to work on Michael Scott’s farm in Armagh, where full use was being made of the first decent spell of weather in many weeks to spread slurry on an area of light land.
The Maxxum CVX has generated enormous interest since a pre-production model was seen in December during an open day at Mid-Louth Tractors’ new depot in Ashbourne, Dublin. With six-cylinder Case IH Puma CVX EP models from 131hp to 228hp and Magnum CVX EP models from 260hp to 370hp already proving popular with technology-minded farmers who value the benefits which this advanced transmission provides, Case IH is confident that its appeal will quickly extend to 110hp - 130hp tractors.
Providing infinitely-variable forward speeds up to 50kph, the transmission is ideal for all applications, allowing precise control over travel speed for field operations. It also enables fast, economical road transport, with 50kph reached at just 1750erpm and 40kph at 1600erpm. The Active Stop Control facility holds the tractor safely in the stop position, even on hills, without having to operate the clutch.
The 130 CVX is the most powerful of three Maxxum CVX models, which also include the 110hp Maxxum 110 CVX, and 121hp Maxxum 120 CVX. All three incorporate ‘Power Management’ which provides up to 32hp more in transport, hydraulic and PTO applications, together with Automatic Productivity Management (APM), which automatically reduces engine speed when power demand is low to optimise fuel efficiency. Also standard is Idle Speed Management, which cuts engine speed from 850rpm to 650rpm 30 seconds after the driver leaves the cab.
Providing one of the most comfortable and quietest (71dB(A)) working environments of any tractor on the market, Maxxum CVX models incorporate the same ergonomic controls as larger Case IH models and can be equipped with AFS Pro 300 or AFS Pro 700 touch-screen monitors, making them ideally suited to AFS precision farming applications. The extremely versatile hydraulic system provides a high lift capacity to further enhance the all-round capabilities of the new Maxxum CVX models.