Machines That Mean Business

Tractors that work

Published in the January 2009 Issue Published online: Jan 27, 2009
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Each January we supply information on tractors: compact models, mid-range machines and those that are large. Here is what some of the leading companies have provided in text and image about a range of tractor options to help keep the work going.


AGCO, 770-813-9200


B100 Approved Tier III

Engines on AGCO LTs

Heavy-duty, mid-range AGCO LT Series tractors are Tier III compliant with more power, better fuel efficiency and B100 use approved.

The AGCO LT85A and LT95A tractors combine the versatility of utility tractors and the rugged engineering of high-horsepower row crop tractors. The models are also equipped with semi-powershift transmissions, high-low hydraulics and a rear end built to handle one of the highest hitch lift capacities in the mid-range market.

In addition to more power, the tractors feature a single-piece hood that can be raised out of the way for easier servicing.

The heart of the tractors is the advanced B100 approved, 4.4L SisuDiesel engine with its common rail fuel injection system and Electronic Engine Management. It delivers 85 PTO hp to the LT85A and 95 PTO hp to the LT95A.

The four-cylinder engine with its 4-valve-per-cylinder design delivers the performance of a 6-cylinder engine with greater economy in a more compact package. The engine block itself has been designed to improve temperature equalization for less stress on components and longer engine life.

The LTs also come with 26 gpm open-center hydraulics as standard equipment. This high flow rate for an open-center system is for quick loader response. Higher output and increased flow control for live third-function loader attachments or for rear attachments like those using hydraulic motors can be achieved with the optional 29 gpm closed-center load sensing system.

Customers can select from open platform or cab models and 2- or 4-wheel drive.




Bobcat Company expands the new line of compact tractors with the introduction of four new models.

In addition to releasing these new tractors, Bobcat also announces that the Bob-Tach quick-attachment mounting system is now available as an option on the front-end loader of all Bobcat compact tractors.

The four new models are the CT335, CT440, CT445 and CT450. The four tractors are available in three different packages. The Economy Package has a three-point implement hitch with power take off (PTO). The Standard Package includes the three-point hitch, PTO and a loader joystick and control valve. The Standard Package with Cab has all of the features of the Standard Package with an enclosed cab.

The four new models have an independent PTO that can be engaged with the flip of a switch while the tractor is in motion. This feature allows an operator to engage the PTO on a three-point implement only in areas where it is needed.

The models also have a heavier and larger chassis and higher horsepower for customers who need more power but do not need a machine larger than a compact tractor.

Rear implements available for use on Bobcat compact tractors include an angle blade, auger, backhoe, box blade, finish mower, rotary cutter, snowblower, soil cultivator, tiller and tine rake.



The CT335 compact tractor is 62.6 inches wide with agricultural tires, 129.1 inches long and 93.6 inches tall with the ROPS (rollover protective structure) deployed.

It has a 38-horsepower interim Tier IV diesel engine with a hydrostatic transmission and three travel speeds. The CT335 weighs 3,668 lbs. The rated operating capacity (ROC) for the front-end loader, at the bucket pin and with rear counterweight, is 1,650 lbs.


This compact tractor is 69 inches wide with agricultural tires, 134.3 inches long and 95.5 inches high with ROPS deployed. The ROC for the front-end loader is 2,600 lbs. It has a maximum 3-point lift capacity of 2,625 lbs.

The CT440 weighs 3,847 lbs. and has a 41-horsepower interim Tier IV diesel engine with a hydrostatic transmission and three travel speed ranges.


The CT445 features a 45-horsepower interim Tier IV diesel engine and a hydrostatic transmission and three travel speed ranges. It weighs 3,881 lbs. and is 69 inches wide with agricultural tires, 134.3 inches long and 95.5 inches tall with the ROPS deployed.

The ROC for the front-end loader is 2,600 lbs. The CT445 has a maximum 3-point lift capacity of 2,625 lbs.


The CT450 has a 50-horsepower interim Tier IV diesel engine and a hydrostatic transmission and three travel speed ranges. It weighs 3,935 lbs., is 69 inches wide with agricultural tires, 134.3 inches long and 95.5 inches high with the ROPS deployed. The ROC for the front-end loader is 2,600 lbs. The CT450 has a maximum 3-point lift capacity of 2,625 lbs.

CASE, 877-422-7344



Three new workhorses have been added to the Case IH Magnum tractor family.

The new mid-range models-Magnum 180, Magnum 190 and Magnum 210 with PTO horsepower ratings of 150, 165 and 180, respectively-expand the series to eight models. 



These tractors offer the same Surveyor cab featured on the larger Magnum models. The cab provides sightlines in all directions and a new A-post instrumentation cluster.

The new MultiControl Armrest standard in the 2009 Magnum Series is a major advancement, putting key controls literally at the operator's fingertips.



All 2009 Magnum Series tractors come with the new DieselSaver Auto Productivity Management (APM) system standard. The engines are fully biodiesel compatible.

Power for the three new models is generated by a 6.75-liter engine rated at 2,200 rpm. Power Boost is standard, providing an additional 35 hp on the Magnum 180 and Magnum 190 models, and an additional 25 hp on the Magnum 210. 

A front Surround Frame similar to the larger Magnum models is featured in the mid-range models. This proven front frame design provides in-row visibility, end-of-row turning ability and built-in working weight.

A three-point hitch with electronic draft control is standard on each model. Hitch lift capacity is 12,787 lbs. (5,800 kg) with an optional hitch lift capacity of 15,873 lbs. (7,299 kg).

Like their big brothers, the new mid-range Magnum models feature wheel slip control, height limit control, end-of-row function and Ride Control for smoother transport of mounted implements.

The hydraulic system comes with three standard electro-hydraulic remotes with up to five valves available. The pressure flow compensated system produces 39.6 gpm (150 L/m) pump flow to handle today's hydraulically demanding implements. For loaders such as the Case IH L780 loader, two or three mid-mount electro-hydraulic remote valves are available as factory-installed options.



Improving productivity through more efficient and accurate operation, along with automated recordkeeping, is another option with the new mid-range Magnums.

Standard AFS AccuGuide Ready allows operators to take advantage of the benefits of Case IH precision agriculture technology.

Completing components including antenna/receiver, navigation controller and AFS Pro 600 color displays are all available fully factory installed.



Case IH celebrated significant milestones in the company's history of innovation, manufacturing and productivity with the unveiling of a "Stars and Stripes" Magnum limited edition tractor earlier this year.

The "reveal," was conducted at the company's Farm Progress Show exhibit in Boone, Iowa, in August.

"The `Stars and Stripes' Magnum is a specially painted and badged Case IH Magnum 180 tractor created for three significant reasons," says John Koetz, senior director of marketing for Case IH North America. 

"First, we are celebrating 165 years of continuous agricultural equipment production in Racine, Wis. Starting in 1844, from early J.I. Case threshers and steam engines through today's Case IH Magnum Series tractors, we've always delivered top quality from the excellent manufacturing and production team in Racine. And, very important to our producers, from a facility located in the largest market for this class of tractors.

"Secondly, 2009 will also mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Cyrus McCormick. His Virginia Reaper introduced mechanization into grain harvest, helping kick off agriculture's `Industrial Revolution.' We take great pride in his role in our International Harvester heritage. 

"Finally, we're extending our flagship Case IH Magnum Series with these new mid-range models and produce this special edition to commemorate the launch. With

more than 100,000 Magnum tractors produced over 20 years, a celebration of the productivity of this row-crop, workhorse tractor was in order. We're looking forward to these new models rolling out of our Racine Manufacturing Operations early in 2009," Koetz says.

The "Stars & Stripes" Magnum is making select appearances at U.S. farm shows during 2008 and 2009. It will be joined in these appearances by another commemorative tractor, the 1570 "Spirit of 76 Agri-King" tractor, which toured U.S. farm shows during the U.S. bicentennial year of 1976.

"Case IH has a heritage of providing productive horsepower for agriculture, and the Spirit of 76, also produced in Racine, is a reminder of our contributions," Koetz says. And like the "Spirit of 76" tractor, Case IH will produce a limited edition production of "Stars and Stripes" Magnum tractors for retail through our North America dealers.   





The advanced features on the new restyled Challenger MT700C, MT800C and MT900C Series track and articulated tractors focus on operator functions-comfort, convenience and control.

A redesigned cab has put command of the machine at the operator's fingertips. Using the all-new Challenger Tractor Management Center (TMC) monitor, nearly every tractor or implement function may be quickly controlled and modified to suit a variety of operating conditions.

All operational controls are ergonomically placed on the TMC, directly to the operator's right.

One of the most revolutionary new features of the "C" series is the integrated ISOBUS control system, which uses the TCM as the operator interface. With the vast amount of data available today, this new information technology is to help optimize productivity and performance of the tractor and its implements.



The TCM puts key functions on the console near the operator.

The Power Management feature, which can be activated with the push of a button, automatically coordinates engine speed with the transmission, allowing the tractor to operate as efficiently as possible.

Helping to maintain consistent engine speeds goes one step further with an engine speed switch that allows the operator to preset two speeds.

Through the One-Touch headland management system, headland operation is made simpler as well because sequences can be preprogrammed in or modified on screen without having to re-record the entire sequence. The sequence is activated, paused or restarted at the touch of a button.

And, lastly, the Challenger "C" Series features an all-new hydraulic system with six fingertip controls, the most in the industry. An all-new valve stack provides more versatility with higher, finer adjustable flow rates and interchangeable valve sizes for any implement.


JOHN DEERE, 309-765-8000




In today's competitive work, farm and ranch environment, many customers are looking for an economical utility tractor with more horsepower and better performance to handle common chores and still provide a comfortable working environment for the operator. 

Building on the popular 6003 Series tractors, the new 6D Series provides even more features and value for the dollar.

The 6100D features a field-proven, fuel-efficient 100-hp PowerTech engine with a rotary fuel injection pump. It's designed to deliver excellent power and lugging ability in a variety of work situations.

A new wet-clutch design is for a reliable, long life with improved control. The new design also helps overall tractor performance for the many jobs required of a utility tractor.

Other features include an exclusive telescopic/tilt steering wheel which can be positioned for operator height and a high-capacity air conditioning/heating system to keep the operator comfortable.  An optional two-function mechanical joystick is available for loader operation.

A two-post Roll-Gard for a safe operator environment can be folded for low-clearance areas.

Two standard Selective Control Valves (SCVs) are both within easy reach on the right hand console. The float position allows implements to follow ground contours and, with a special regenerative position, the system has faster cycle times for loader operation.

The 6D Series Tractors are available in two-wheel drive (2WD) or mechanical front-wheel drive (MFWD) configurations.

Regardless of the operating conditions, the rugged axle design allows for a tight-turning radius to maneuver efficiently in headlands, livestock building areas and many loader applications around the home, work, farm and ranch operation.



John Deere introduces a new line of utility tractors: the 5D, 5E, 5E Limited and 5M Series.

The 5D and 5E Series range in horsepower from 45 - 75 and offer John Deere reliability and durability. The 5D Series is only offered with a two-wheel-drive (2WD) axle compared to the 5E which offers 2WD or mechanical-front-wheel-drive configurations.

These open station tractors feature synchronized transmissions designed for smooth shifting and easy-to-reach, color-coded controls for simple operation.


MASSEY FERGUSON, 770-813-9200





Bigger, better, cleaner and stronger, the Massey Ferguson 5400 Series mid-range tractors have new Tier III engines inside and a new look outside.

The 110 and 115 hp models expand the mid-range line. The new hood offers mid-range tractor buyers the same serviceability and style as Massey Ferguson high horsepower 6400 and 7400 series tractors.

The Tier III engines burn cleaner and smarter for greater fuel efficiency.

The 4-cylinder, 4.4 L Perkins engine, 4.4 L and 4.9 L SisuDiesel engines and the 6.6 L Perkins engine share multiple technologies.

All four engines feature common rail fuel delivery and Electronic Engine Management. Some models are also equipped with wastegate turbochargers and air-to-air cooling. These features are designed to reduce emissions and deliver higher fuel efficiencies.

The 16F x 16R Dyna-4 semi-powershift transmission allows for shifting through the four speeds and four ranges without having to use the clutch.


6400, 7400 SERIES

Massey Ferguson 6400 and 7400 series high-horsepower tractors with new generation Tier III engines are to burn cleaner and smarter for greater fuel efficiency.

The Dyna-VT CVT transmission on the 7400 Series ranges from 100- 155- PTO hp. The Dyna-6 transmission on the 6400 Series ranges from 100- to 180- PTO hp.

The AE50 award-winning Dyna-VT CVT transmission on the 7400 Series has demonstrated significant savings in cost per acre per hour of at least 15 percent in fuel and 10 percent in labor versus powershift transmissions.

MCCORMICK, 866-327-6733


McCormick USA, headquartered in Norcross, Ga., offers the new CTV and CTU Series tractors.



The CTV is aimed at customers who need a dependable and affordable compact tractor to handle tasks on small acreages. Its small, sturdy design lets the operator accomplish a variety of tasks.

The CTV28 features a high-performance 4-cylinder, 28-hp Mitsubishi engine. The tractor comes with a mid-mount hydraulic take-out block that gives added power to the loader when hauling heavy material.

The mechanical four-wheel-drive engagement and multiple wet disc brakes provide more power and stability without having to move up to a larger tractor. A three-point hitch system is standard with 10 available attachments in multiple size ranges.

A Quick-Attach system is optional on the CTV for even faster add-on and removal of attachments.

There is a fuel capacity of 8.5 gallons and a mechanical 4WD engagement, differential lock and shuttle. The CTV28 also has mechanical wet disc breaks and lift control.



The CTU tractor is available in three models: the 43-hp CT50U, the 47-hp CT55U and the 57-hp CT65U.

All CTU tractors are equipped with a Mitsubishi S4Q 4-cylinder engine. Other standard features in the CTU lineup include a multiple wet disc PTO clutch, an electric-hydraulic independent PTO, multiple wet disc brakes, mechanical four-wheel-drive engagement, a three-point hitch with telescopic lower lift arms and an independent joystick with mid-mount loader control valves.

The CT50U and CT55U have more than 3,300 lbs. lift capacity. The CT65U has a lift capacity of more than 3,800 lbs.

All CTU models are available in an open station or cab version.

"Our commitment to our customers extends beyond the quality of our tractors," says Rodney Miller, who took over as CEO for McCormick USA in 2008.

"We intend to raise the standard on the overall tractor ownership experience. We want to arm our customers with the most knowledgeable and friendly dealers in the area for top-notch service and support.

"In turn, we're backing our dealers with the tools they need to delver exceptional service. This includes making sure that dealers have the right parts available for quick and easy turnaround time on tractor service. We want to treat people right, and our actions will speak to this promise."

Each of the models has multiple wet disc brakes and a mechanical differential lock. The CT50U, CT55U and the CT65U each also have an independent joystick and mechanical lift control. The three also have a fuel capacity of 15.85 gallons.

McCormick offers more than 45 models of tractors ranging from 40 to 280 hp.

NEW HOLLAND, 866-639-4563


New Holland's TV6070 Bidirectional features a 6.7L engine, a more efficient eight-range transmission and other improvements.

It can be operated cab-end or engine-end first to provide versatility, productivity and loader performance. An operator can work facing either the engine or the rear because the exclusive Turnabout console rotates the seat and primary controls 180 degrees so the operator always faces the work.

Both ends of the tractor can be equipped with 3-point hitches, PTO systems, hydraulic valves and drawbars. Depending on the application, the TV6070 can push and pull implements simultaneously. Full-time four-wheel-drive and 45-degree articulated steering provide traction and maneuverability in various conditions.

The 6.7L fuel-efficient diesel engine with mechanical fuel injection is 411 cubic inches. It meets Tier III engine emission standards and can operate on diesel fuel or any biodiesel blend up to B100 that meets ASTM 6751 fuel quality standards. An optional reversing engine cooling fan helps keep the radiators cleaner when the tractor is used in applications where a lot of chaff or dust is present.

The tractor is rated at 105 PTO hp.
The TV6070 transmission now has eight operating ranges, with a total ground speed selection of 0 to19 mph depending on tire choice. The operator selects a range and has control of the tractor's speed with the drive control handle. The range can be shifted on-the-go as needed. If the tractor encounters a steep hill or heavy resistance, the transmission controller will automatically downshift the range and then return to the operator's selection when the load is reduced.