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Gleaner S9 Combine

Gleaner has introduced its new S9 Series combines, which claim to offer more harvesting performance, technology, comfort and convenience. Available in 2016, the S9 Series includes three models, the S96, S97 and S98 to meet the needs of growers seeking class 6, 7 and 8 machines.

“Today’s growers must harvest more crop from more acres in an increasingly narrow harvest window which means they need a combine that can adapt to and perform in less than ideal harvest conditions,” says Caleb Schleder, tactical marketing manager at AGCO. “We’ve incorporated the latest technology, comfort features and even more engineering advancements to ensure our combines provide operators the ability to handle whatever harvest conditions they face during long days in the fields.”

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McCormick X4 Series

McCormick North America unveiled three new models of the X4 tractor family during the 2015 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky. These three new models (X4.20, X4.30, and X4.40) expand the X4 tractor family to a total of six members.

Ranging from 64 to 79 maximum engine horsepower, these three lower horsepower machines allow McCormick to enter into and compete in the small utility class segment of the market place.

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McCormick X6

McCormick North America unveiled the all-new X6 tractor family during the 2015 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky. The X6 Series ranges from 111 to 133 maximum engine horsepower and is an evolution of the X60 Series mid-range tractors.

The new X6 Series lineup consists of two models: the X6.420 rated for 101 PTO horsepower, and the X6.430 rated for 111 PTO horsepower. Both models use a BETAPOWER 4.5 liter, four-cylinder diesel engine that. Advanced SCR technology helps these engine meet the EPA’s strict Tier 4i emissions regulations.

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Struck MH8000

Struck has unveiled the MH8000, the latest model in the MH series of compact crawler tractors.

Both EPA and CARB compliant, the MH8000 boasts a 41% stronger final drive and is designed for light commercial applications and rural homeowners.

In standard trim, the MH8000 comes with a 31-horsepower Vanguard engine to power its all hydraulic drive train, through a 35-horsepower mill is offered as an upgrade for those seeking maximum power. Other standard items include power cooled hydraulics, multi stage air cleaner, dual halogen headlights, five- gallon fuel tank and a robotically welded undercarriage. Dual pump hydraulics pump out over 23 gpm at 2,000 psi, offering added versatility to operate higher flow hydraulics.

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By Geof Fowler

Case IH Steiger 600 TractorMore horsepower, higher flow hydraulics, electronic wizardry, more creature comforts, a new take on old technology and new sources of power all coming your way.

With productivity demands pushing large Ag tractor horsepower numbers to the point where peak ratings as high as 660 in 4WD machines and 389 in row-crop machines are no longer unheard of, the big news coming your way is ‘bigger isn’t better’ is out. Already, hydraulic flows as high as 113 gpm, 3PH lift capacities in excess of 10-tons, GPS guidance, field mapping telemetry options, and automated steering are solidly redefining farming today.

2012 will be no different, but what will be particularly interesting to follow is how the trickle down of these technologies will impact smaller utility tractor market all the way down to everyday lawn and garden machines. Read on and we’ll discuss some of the trends we expect to come in 2012 and beyond.

Cummins QSX9 Engine Tier 4iDon’t expect the demand for more power to drive larger implements to wane anytime soon. But with the high price of fuel an everyday reality, expect manufacturers to place considerable attention on efficiency. Tier 4i compliant diesel technology with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) is delivering both. And since a large percentage of the energy from the fuel put into a tractor tank is lost to engine and driveline inefficiencies, the potential to improve fuel efficiency with advanced technologies is enormous. It is quite a marvel when higher horsepower and better fuel economy are no longer at odds with each other.

Laforge Three-Point HitchWith the availability of mega-sized implements for increased productivity, it is no surprise tractor manufacturers have stepped up to the plate with new, more powerful hydraulic systems. Front three point hitches (3PH) area already offered by Case, New Holland and Fendt and aftermarket manufacturers such as Laforge and MK Martin and with more powerful hydraulics offer greater lifting capabilities. And with the OEM manufacturers adding front power take off (PTO) options, expect a new generation of implements to be developed.

Tractor GPSGPS, field mapping, automated steering, and tracking telemetry are all technologies reducing waste (overlap) and increasing productivity. Without these modern gizmos, overlap can be 20% or more. With the aid of computers, overlap waste can be reduced to just a percent or two. The savings in time, fuel, wear and tear is proving these technologies well worth their added cost. Imagine yourself running a 33’-wide hay cutter while the onboard electronics pick the engine rpm, choose the path and communicate with the automated steering—while you follow market prices on a laptop in air conditioned and filtered comfort. Well, that time is today.

John Deere 6R Series Cab TractorCabs, air ride suspension seats, front axle suspension, and automated steering are making for a quieter, more comfortable, and therefore more productive environment. More features and options, better visibility, greater comfort and improved storage are all being engineered into today’s tractors. In the automotive world, Acura offers noise-cancelling technology in its flagship RL model. How long before tractor cabs are equipped with this simple but quiet technology?

Electric Ox TractorElectric tractors aren’t new. In the 70s General Electric, John Deere and several other manufacturers produced electric machines. Though they worked and were certainly more environmentally friendly, electric tractors were expensive and sales acceptance lagged.

Fast forward to today where manufacturers are producing AG-sized diesel-electric tractors where the diesel engine is used to generate electricity to drive electric motors. The advantages are both in fuel savings—as much as 10%—but also in the switch from hydraulic pumps and gear sets to motors and actuators. On golf courses you might see E-plex II greens mowers under the Jacobsen and Ransomes names clipping greens to ridiculously high stimpmeter readings. Canada’s Electric Tractor Corp. is producing the Electric Ox line of tractors for commercial and homeowner use. Look for more manufacturers to jump on this bandwagon and add their own twist—can we say hybrid coming your way soon?

Steyr Natural Gas TractorSteyr, now a subsidiary of Fiat S.p.A., has introduced a natural gas powered tractor that is rated at 136 horsepower (143 peak). The turbocharged mono-fuel CNG engine can also operate on refined biogas which can be of particular advantage for farms having their own biogas plants.

New Holland T6 Tractor2011, from the numbers already in, has shaped up to be good year for tractor sales. With the latest advances and pent up demand possibly created by Tier 4i uncertainties, 2012 has the potential to be even better. Keep an eye out for improvements in the above categories and more, we know we’ll be.

Challenger has recently introduced the all-new MT500D Series High Horsepower wheeled row crop tractors to North American professional producers.

The Challenger MT500D Series tractors, made up of four entirely redesigned models ranging from 170 to 225 engine horsepower (140–180 PTO HP), feature new comfort features designed to help producers handle the most challenging jobs. Optional factory-installed auto-steering and telemetry technologies available on these new models offer what Challenger calls a never-before-seen level of control.

“These new tractors from Challenger boast some of the most innovative features as they relate to emissions compliance, versatility, work management and operator comfort,” says Mike Alvin, product marketing manager, high horsepower tractors. “When there’s work to be done, professional producers need a tractor they can count on to finish a multitude of jobs, and that’s what we’ve created with the MT500D Series. These are tractors with the power and technology to work long and hard, helping their operators meet the intense demands of farming today.”

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Husqvarna has recalled its TuffTorq K46LD Transaxle tractors due to intermittent drive failure, which poses a risk of reduced or lost braking ability.

This recall, which affects about 1,600 units, includes model numbers YTH23V42LS and YTH24V48LS and serial numbers ranging from 050110A001000 to 123110D999999. The first six digits of the serial number is a date code. Tractors included in the recall have a serial date range of May 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010. Model and serial information is located on an identification plate attached to the underside of the seat.

The recalled tractors were sold at Husqvarna authorized dealers nationwide from May 2010 through December 2010 for between $2,300 and $2,800.

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A Caterpillar Expo Twenty Tractor built in 1927 was displayed at this year’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG.

This tractor has the distinction of being the first machine wholly designed and built by what was once called Caterpillar Tractor Co. Prior to producing the Expo Twenty, Caterpillar had been manufacturing track-type tractors using the assets and designs of its two predecessor companies, the C.L. Best Tractor Co. and The Holt Manufacturing Company. But when this unit rolled off the assembly line, it received an all-new serial number, EXP 0000-L, and earned a place in company history.

Its designation as an “EXP” or “expo” machine suggests it was either built for a special occasion or used by Cat dealers as a marketing tool at county and state fairs or other local events. The “L” in the serial number indicates it was manufactured in San Leandro, Calif.

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According to Cat, its new Cat 621H, 623H and 627H Wheel Tractor-Scrapers are designed to deliver superior productivity and enhanced operator comfort and efficiency through the use of increased power and capacity, new structures, electronic controls and ergonomic design.

“The new H Series designs change the way wheel tractor-scrapers look, run and ride—and increase their capabilities to move material at the lowest cost per ton,” Cat says in a release.

H Series Wheel Tractor-Scrapers build on the proven durability and productivity of previous models with use of innovative technology. Sequence Assist and Load Assist automate many of the operator’s most demanding tasks, and when combined with Cat Grade Control, the new systems unburden veteran operators and help less experienced operators reach high productivity levels quickly.

With the H Series introduction, Caterpillar is offering the 621 in a push-pull configuration for the first time. The system enables two scrapers to work together when loading, rather than requiring a push tractor. Other scraper models have proven that the push-pull configuration is the low cost solution in many applications.

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