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Case IH launches new flagship Optum model

Catering for the growing market in multi-purpose, high-power tractors, Case IH has launched a new 340hp flagship model for its Optum range. Here, we look at what the Optum 340 CVXDrive has to offer

This new addition, Case IH says, ‘maximises the award-winning Optum concept of a high-power, low-weight design that can be ballasted as required'. Despite multiple improvements, the Optum 340 CVXDrive with AFS Connect is no heavier than the existing 300 and 270 models, but ‘provides more power, ultimate productivity and the ability to handle any task’ the company says.
The Optum 340 CVXDrive, manufactured at the Case IH factory in St Valentin, Austria, is ideal for draft and PTO applications, from tillage and seeding to mowing and transport. Case IH says it has one of the quietest cabs on the market with an array of advanced technologies including five years’ AFS Connect advanced telematics. This brings additional benefits thanks to the AFS Connect portal, providing the capability of connected services for a longer period.

Perfect power-to-weight ratio

Product marketing manager, Dr Solveiga Kalinauskaite, says: “Optum 340 CVXDrive perfectly meets the requirements of large farming and agricultural contracting businesses needing a tractor with a high power-to-weight ratio that gives it the versatility to take on a wide range of tasks.”
The beating heart of the 340 CVXDrive, its six-cylinder, 6.7L Stage V FPT engine, delivers power and torque for demanding field and transport applications. Incorporating the highly effective and well proven Hi-eSCR2 emissions reduction technology, it also includes Automatic Productivity Management (APM) which optimises the CVXDrive ratio and engine speed to suit power output requirements.
To deliver greater performance, productivity and efficiency, while maintaining reliability and durability, Case IH has equipped the Optum 340 CVXDrive with an upgraded CVXDrive transmission which incorporates improvements to the hydrostatic unit and control software, driveline components, rear differential, and rear PTO. Additionally, there is a new external engine blow-by filter to reduce service time. To increase versatility and compatibility in daily operations, the standard Isobus Class 3 can be upgraded to Tractor Implement Management (TIM), the latest tractor-implement communications protocol, so that certified implements can automatically control specific tractor functions.
The Optum 340 CVXDrive, like the existing 300 and 270 models, features a large 630L fuel tank that enables longer autonomous hours in the field, as does the best-in-class 750-hour engine service schedule. The new model offers 27hp, or 9 per cent, more power than the Optum 300 CVXDrive, while peak torque is 1,398Nm at 1,400rpm, compared with 1,282Nm at the same speed for its smaller stablemate.
The powerful rear linkage which can lift 11,058kg, a front linkage with a maximum capacity of 6,016kg, and two-speed front and four-speed rear PTOs further enhance the tractor’s versatility. Optum 340 CVXDrive therefore provides greater performance while maintaining reliability and durability.

Best cab all round

The new spacious cab provides best-in-class comfort and is extra quiet at just 66dB(A). Case IH says that operators will appreciate the ‘excellent all-round visibility, premium-quality trim, automotive standard of fit and finish, plus a high level of equipment, which includes a key fob for keyless operation’. The cab’s advanced design includes the redesigned ergonomic Multicontroller armrest, which places 95 per cent of the most-used functions at the driver’s fingertips, many of which can be operated either via the touchscreen or new integrated turn-and-press encoder dial. For ultimate operating and ride comfort, an optional new semi-active cab suspension can be chosen.

Clear and easy to use, the new AFS Pro 1200 touchscreen monitor with bluetooth functionality gives an overview of all tractor functions. It helps the operator optimise engine, transmission, hydraulic and PTO performance, while also managing the operation of the implements. The new AFS Vision Pro operating system enables precision farming functionality, tractor systems and connectivity to match the required operating preferences.
Optum 340 CVXDrive comes with Safeguard Connect, a comprehensive package of the best Case IH added-value services, which provides long-term protection and maximises productivity to meet the requirements of modern, innovative farming and contracting businesses. This includes an extended up to three-year Safeguard warranty and five-year subscription to the unique AFS Connect advanced telematics portal which enables remote monitoring and management of farm, fleet, and data. A three-year subscription to Case IH MaxService, which operates around the clock during peak season in partnership with the dealer network to maximise machine uptime, is also provided, together with pre-season checks, and pro-active support and training to achieve the maximum performance from Case IH machines. The Optum 340 CVXDrive will be seen in public at various shows across Europe over the summer and autumn.