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McCormick Feature

McCormick North America recently hosted its annual 2017 Dealer Meeting event for its entire North American dealer network. Held in Orlando, FL, McCormick unveiled 4 new tractor lines to further complement its full-line tractor offering. New tractor families include the X4 STANDARD Series, X6 STANDARD Series, X6 VT-Drive Series, and X8 VT-Drive Series, which brings McCormick’s offering to over 300 horsepower!

With the exception of the X8 VT-Drive Series, the newly released models fit into a horsepower segment that is already covered by McCormick tractor. However, these new machines offer new levels of features, comfort, and performance that target a wider range of customers within the segment. “We want to offer customers more choices within the McCormick tractor line-up,” says Tiago Bonomo, President of McCormick North America. “Customers have specific needs, and we need to be able to meet those needs.” After the initial unveiling in Orlando, McCormick will officially launch all 4 new models at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, KY, booth 4060 in the North Wing.

Yanmar Yamaha Viking

Yanmar Co., Ltd. and Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. today announced that they have agreed to a business alliance for the U.S. ROV (Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle) business. The companies will conclude a contract by the end of the year for the OEM supply of Yamaha’s multi-purpose VIKING and VIKING VI (both Yamaha model names) ROV models to Yanmar from December 2016, and for Yanmar to sell these products under the Yanmar brand name from January 2017 utilizing its farmer-oriented dealer network in the U.S.

The aim of this business alliance is to expand sales in the growing U.S. ROV market by leveraging the strengths of the two companies, namely Yamaha’s technical capabilities and manufacturing know-how, and Yanmar’s farmer-oriented dealer network in the U.S.

New Holland T5

New Holland has refreshed its T5 tractor series for 2016. The updated tractors not only meet more stringent Tier 4B engine emissions regulations, but also come equipped with new features designed to boost efficiency, productivity and comfort.

According to New Holland, the new T5 Tier 4B series is a short wheelbase haymaking and loader tractor, boasting a high power-to-weight ratio and a transmission that’s optimized for loader and haymaking operations.

John Deere 6M Tractor

John Deere has expanded its lineup of 6M and 6R Series Tractors for model year 2015.

“Our objective is to continually expand our tractor line to meet a wide variety of customer needs, yet be able to offer the same proven performance, reliability and service standards in every 6 Family model,” says Kory Ross, mid-tractor product manager for John Deere. “The new models in our 6M and 6R Series continue that tradition, with tractors ranging from 110 to 215 engine horsepower, and build commonality in horsepower and other features within the 6 Family.”

New Holland Boomer 54D

New Holland has released its new Tier 4B Boomer 54D, which runs a new Common rail FPT Industrial engine and features the SuperSuite cab and EasyDrive continuously variable transmission.

“The 54D Boomer tractor is the ultimate power tool, the perfect combination of superior operator comfort and optimal performance. This is achieved with the EasyDrive continuously variable transmission, the Tier 4B compliant engine and a host of features that enable the operator to get the job done with great efficiency and comfort,” says Luca Mainardi, head of Tractor and Precision Land Management Product Management. “It will appeal to municipalities, private estates and sports facilities alike. At the same time it is perfect for large scale operations and can be specified with tyres suitable for turf care management.”

Challenger M7000E Track Tractor

Challenger is extanding its track tractor offerings with its new MT700E Series, available in three models ranging from 350 to 400 engine HP.

“Our customers value efficiency,” says Conor Bergin, product marketing manager, High Horsepower Tractors. “They’re looking for a tractor that can make short work of high-horsepower tasks while providing maximum fuel economy and minimal field compaction. Our new Challenger E Series and the three new MT700E track tractors deliver optimum power transfer, outstanding fuel efficiency, and best-in-class traction and flotation with a smooth, comfortable ride.”

John Deere Z925M Flex Fuel
John Deere is adding a Flex Fuel version of its ZTrak mower to its fleet. The new Z925M Flex Fuel is compatible with ethanol blends up to E85, giving contractors a new alternative fuel option for their fleets.

“When we introduced the new line of ZTrak mowers last year, our intent was to meet the needs of every customer,” says Steve Wilhelmi, John Deere tactical marketing manager. “The new Z925M Flex Fuel model continues that mission by appealing to customers who need or prefer to run on alternative-fuel platforms.”

The new Flex Fuel model is part of the M Series of ZTrak commercial mowers, designed for customers seeking productivity and efficiency. With a 24.6 hp electronic fuel injected engine, the Z925M Flex Fuel can run on any blend of ethanol-mixed fuel, up to E85, and it has a top speed of 10 mph. Offered in 54- and 60-inch widths, it comes equipped with a 7-Iron deck.

Bobcat 3650 and 3600 UTVsBobcat has recently unveiled an innovative new line of hydrostatic drive utility vehicles – the 3600 and 3650. The 3650 model is the industry’s first utility vehicle with the capacity to operate front-mounted PTO attachments.

Both the 3600 and 3650 offer cabs with both heat and air conditioning, making these true four-season work vehicles.

Bobcat 3600 Loading BalesPowered by 24.8-horsepower diesel engines, the new 3600 and 3650 join the 3200, 3400 and 3400XL in Bobcat’s utility vehicle family, along with the Toolcat 5600 and 5610 utility work machines.

One of the main drivers behind the 3600 and 3650 was the development of a hydrostatic drive system. The hydrostatic system in the new Bobcat UTVs provides durability, and uses a single two-speed motor with fewer moving parts.

Another key durability feature of the machines is a diesel engine that will automatically shut itself down if it experiences high engine coolant temperature, low engine oil pressure, or high hydraulic oil temperature.

2011 John Deere 1026R


By Geof Fowler, Photos by John Deere

With its 2305 model a bestseller and a standout amongst a field of stellar competitors, John Deere raises the bar with the new 1026R and gets our designation as Tractor of the Year (TOTY).

Harlan and Ed couldn’t be more different. Harlan is a self-employed machinist who, along with his wife Rita, raises and boards horses. Ed is an actuary for a major insurance company who teaches at a local community college and, in his spare time, maintains an eight-acre mini-estate. Both sit on our guest judge panel and participated in this year’s Tractor of the Year selection.

Says Ed, who already owed a John Deere 2305: “The 2305 was the perfect tractor—almost. It did everything it was asked of, but there were always little things you wished Deere had included. The 1026R addresses that list and more.”

While Ed and his wife muck stables and put their sub compact tractor (SCUT) through the daily dirty task of maintaining their stables, Harlan maintains his mini-estate with a shiny orange Kubota BX23 that we’re not sure has seen a drop of rain. His views were less from the capability side, although that was important, and more to the ease of use. Says Harlan: “I just want to use the tractor when I need to and not bloody my knuckles in the process.”

But the two from their divergent viewpoints both agreed on ten reasons the all new John Deere 1026R is our 2011 TOTY.

Attendees of the 2011 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill. witnessed the debut of the redesigned Case IH Farmall B compact tractor lineup. The new Farmall B compact lineup offers four models and a full line of attachments for compact tractors.

“Our new Farmall B Series tractors replace the current Case IH line-up of compact tractors. The 30B, 35B, 40B and 50B have been redesigned to better fit the needs of our customers, whether they’re used on a dairy farm, livestock operation, hobby farm or for municipal work,” says Greg Lucey, Case IH marketing manager for Farmall tractors. “The Farmall B Series continues to provide dependable power, fuel efficiency, comfort, and time savings, which greatly influences the performance needed.”

The Farmall B is offered in both hydrostatic and gear transmission models with a standard forward and reverse shuttle on the gear models. The Farmall 30B gear and Farmall 35B gear offer 12X12 synchronized shuttle transmissions, while the Farmall 40B gear and 50B gear boast a 16X16 synchronized shuttle.

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