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Case IH has launched two new tractors
that it says are well suited to the needs of
plenty of livestock, mixed and arable farms
in Ireland the Puma X and Farmall A
New Puma X
Case IH has expanded its range of Puma tractors to include
new entry-level models. Puma 140, 150 and 165 tractors are
now available with a new `X' base specification, which offers an
alternative for customers seeking a combination of high quality
with simple features in the 140-165hp (rated) power bracket,
according to the company.
Featuring the Case IH six-step semi-powershift transmission,
they will be identified simply by the `Puma X' name, as distinct
from the higher-specification Puma Multicontroller tractors with
full and semi powershifts, and the Puma CVX models with the
continuously-variable transmission. Respective rated powers of
the tractors are 140hp, 150hp and 165hp, with maximum outputs,
including engine power management, of 175hp, 190hp and 210hp.
A Case IH spokesperson said: "While the tractors are built around
a lighter rear axle, many of the key changes are to be found in the
cab, with a basic operator interface with simple digital information
display, a base seat offering, and no rear wiper. The cab itself has
been equipped with features likely to appeal to livestock farmers,
including a low-profile roof to aid access into buildings, and an
opening right-hand door in addition to that on the left side of
the tractor. At the rear, the mechanical remote valves are non-
configurable, while the rear wheels are fitted with narrow fender
extensions. A two-speed 540/1000rpm power take-off (PTO) package
is standard, while a comprehensive lighting package, with four
halogen roof-mounted work lights, is retained."
The new Puma X models can be equipped with additional features
such as guidance and auto-steering systems, and the recently-
introduced `Adaptive Steering Control' which allows the number
of lock-to-lock steering wheel turns to be altered according to
the work in hand. Also on the options list is a mechanical cab
suspension system.
"The Puma X is highly suitable for mixed and arable farming," said
Charles Blessley, Case IH marketing manager, UK and Ireland.
Puma range upgrades
For tillage work that requires more technical sophistication,
existing models in the Puma range have had significant updates for
2018, improving both productivity and operator comfort, according
to Case IH. All meet stage IV emissions regulations using the Case
IH Hi-eSCR selective catalytic reduction system.
The spokesperson said: "Puma 185 Multicontroller to Puma
240 CVX models now benefit from front axle suspension
improvements, incorporating a double accumulator to enhance
ride quality and machine stability during field work and road
travel. As well as Adaptive Steering Control, new Reactive Steering
introduces sharper reaction and self-centring to the Puma steering
system, resulting from improvements to the front axle, including
new steering sensors.
"Gross vehicle weight allowances have also been increased from
13,000kg to 13,650kg on Puma Multicontroller models and 14,000kg
on Puma CVX tractors, while tractors with Isobus Class III also
make possible two-way data transfer between the tractor and any
compatible implement. This allows implement features to be
controlled via the AFS 700 terminal screen, and the implement to
feed back information which can then control tractor settings such
as forward speed, resulting in optimum performance in operations
such as baling."
MARCH 2018
Machinery News
MARCH 2018
From the Cab
New tractors `ideal' for many Irish farms Case IH