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New row crop and compact tractors for 2013, Buyer's Guide

Published in the January 2013 Issue Published online: Jan 25, 2013
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ROW CROP TRACTORS

John Deere 6 Series

Contact: Bonneville County Implement in Idaho Falls, Idaho, at (888) 210-7235, Campbell Tractor and Equipment in Nampa, Idaho, at (800) 888-4087, or contact your local John Deere dealer.

www.deere.com

John Deere has expanded its 6 Series tractor family with the introduction of 12 new models in the 105- to 170-hp range for 2013.

The all-new John Deere 6M Series tractors include six models from 105-to-170 engine horsepower and replace the standard 6030 and 7030 Series tractors. In addition, John Deere has updated its economical 6D Series tractor lineup, which was introduced in 2008. The new 6D Series include four models ranging from 105 to 140 engine horsepower.

Expanding on its 6R Series Tractors for the row-crop market, John Deere introduces two mid-horsepower models: 6140R and 6150R, offering 140 and 150 engine horsepower, respectively. These two models complete the 6R model line-up, giving customers a total of eight different models to choose from in the 105-210 engine horsepower range.

Both new 6R models come standard with John Deere 6.8L PowerTech PVX engines with Intelligent Power Management, which provide an additional 20-hp during transport and non-stationary PTO applications. Transmission options include a 20-speed AutoQuad Plus ECO Transmission (standard), 16-speed PowerQuad Plus (optional) or IVT Transmission (optional). IVT and AutoQuad Plus configurations are available with up to 50K (31 mph) transport speed.

John Deere has also introduced the new DirectDrive transmission for the 6R Series. The newly designed 24-speed DirectDrive transmission combines the handling comfort of an IVT transmission with the power and efficiency of a mechanical transmission.


Massey Ferguson 7600 Series

www.masseyferguson.com/tractors

Massey Ferguson, a global brand of AGCO, is adding four new small-frame tractors to the 7600 Series of row crop tractors for North American producers. The new tractors, with 110 to 130 PTO horsepower, boast a 6-to-8 percent fuel-efficiency improvement.

The new tractors feature a redesigned, more ergonomic cab with OptiRide cab suspension, for improved comfort and easier operation. Combined with a quieter engine, the cab helps reduce operator fatigue from long days in the field.

All four models feature Tier 4 interim emissions-compliant AGCO Power 6.6 liter engines. The engines use AGCO-exclusive, second-generation e3 selective catalytic reduction (SCR) clean-air technology. The system monitors exhaust and adjusts diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) treatment in real time for improved emissions, minimal maintenance, reduced fuel consumption and industry-leading DEF use efficiency.

Increased horsepower is courtesy of a larger AGCO Power engine, plus a boost in common rail (CR) injection system pressure from an AGCO-exclusive Bosch pump.

Depending on the model, tractors are available with a choice of Dyna-VT (continuously variable), Dyna-6 (24-speed, partial-powershift) or Dyna-4 (16-speed, partial-powershift) transmissions for efficient power transfer under any field condition. The AGCO-exclusive Dyna-VT CVT delivers true clutch-less, step-less operation for no shifting between ranges, the convenience of a 1,200-hour service interval and limited moving parts for long life.

As with other 7600 Series tractors, the cab on the new small-frame tractors features an OptiRide hydraulic suspension system. This unique cab suspension system relays information through an electronic control unit to automatically control bounce, rolling and pitching for a comfortable ride in the field or down the road.

Inside the redesigned cab, a right-hand-control armrest, multipad control and new multi-function joystick provide easy-to-reach, fingertip control and ergonomic design that are comfortable for the operator. A Datatronic CCD display offers greater performance and functionality and increased legibility so producers can accurately monitor and adjust tractor and implement settings.

Challenger MT500D Series

www.challenger-ag.com

Challenger, a global brand of AGCO, is adding four new models to the MT500D Series of wheeled tractors. The new, fully redesigned tractors, with 110- to 125-PTO horsepower, complement the Challenger lineup of tractors designed to meet the intense demands and challenging environments of today's farming operations.

In addition to a more powerful, more fuel-efficient engine, the tractors feature a redesigned, more ergonomic cab for improved comfort, with fingertip controls embedded in the armrest for easier operation. The cab features OptiRide hydraulic cab suspension, which automatically adjusts for changing field conditions. Combined with a new, quieter engine, the more comfortable cab helps reduce operator fatigue from long days in the field.

All four new models feature Tier 4i emissions-compliant AGCO Power 6.6-liter engines. The engines use AGCO-exclusive second-generation e3 selective catalytic reduction (SCR) clean-air technology. The system monitors exhaust and adjusts diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) treatment in real time for improved emissions, minimal maintenance, reduced fuel consumption and industry-leading DEF use efficiency. Increased horsepower is courtesy of a larger AGCO Power engine, plus a boost in common rail (CR) injection system pressure from an AGCO-exclusive Bosch pump.

Depending on the model, tractors are available with a choice of Techstar CVT (continuously variable), AutoPower 6 (24-speed, partial-powershift) or AutoPower 4 (16-speed, partial-powershift) transmissions for efficient power transfer under any field condition. The AGCO-exclusive Techstar CVT delivers true clutch-less, step-less operation for no shifting between ranges, the convenience of a 1,200-hour service interval and limited moving parts for long life.

As with other MT500D Series tractors, the cab on the new tractors features an OptiRide Plus cab suspension system. This unique hydraulic suspension system relays information through an electronic control unit to automatically adjust to control bounce, rolling and pitching for a comfortable ride in the field or down the road.

Inside the redesigned cab, a right-hand control armrest, multipad control and new multi-function joystick provide easy-to-reach, fingertip control and ergonomic design that are comfortable for the operator. A Datatronic CCD display offers greater performance and functionality and is easier to read, so producers can accurately monitor and adjust tractor and implement settings.

New Holland T8 Series

http://agriculture.newholland.com


New Holland's flagship T8 Series tractor range has been further enriched with the introduction of the renowned AutoCommand continuously variable transmission. The new range-topping T8.420 develops an impressive maximum 419-hp with engine power management, making it the world's most powerful CVT tractor.

The six model T8 Series line-up, with outputs ranging from 273- to 419-hp, is powered by efficient ECOBlue SCR Cursor 9 engines, developed in collaboration with FPT Industrial, and delivering Tier 4a emissions compliance.

New Holland has tailored its AutoCommand transmission for the T8 range to perfectly match its dimensions and usage profile. The AutoCommand transmission uses intuitive force-based logic and is controlled via the ergonomic CommandGrip handle, identical to that found on T7 AutoCommand models. The four modes of operation known from T7 AutoCommand-Auto, Cruise, PTO and Manual-provide the same flexibility to optimize task or fuel efficiency. All transmission functions are grouped in one place for a smooth, seamless application of power.

The T8 AutoCommand features four points of optimized efficiency where the transmission drives through a full mechanical connection. These points have been engineered to correspond to the most frequently used operating speeds. Available in 25 mph ECO and 31 mph options, customers can reach top speeds at lower engine speeds if loads permit (1400 rpm and 1725 rpm respectively).

All T8 AutoCommand models benefit from an increased wheelbase, improving stability and traction. The wheelbase is a full 14 percent longer than the nearest competitor, yet T8 tractors still deliver staggering turn performance.

Ballasting flexibility has been further increased with the release of new wheel weights to enhance overall productivity by maintaining traction in even the most difficult conditions. Single-wheel T8 tractors can have up to 5,500 lbs. added to the rear axle. When dual wheels are used, the rear axle ballast loading can be increased to 9,000 lbs. This loading allows the T8.420 to fully utilize the available power, even at slow speeds.

Case IH Steiger Rowtrac

www.caseih.com

The 2013 Steiger Rowtrac will be one of the highest horsepower, tracked row-crop tractors in the market with the capacity to pull larger implements. It will have the advantages of Quadtrac technology for both primary and secondary tillage and field applications, including planting, side-dressing, fertilizing and specialty applications.

The Steiger Rowtrac boasts equal-sized, independent, oscillating drives on all four corners. The wheelbase has been extended from 154-to-160 inches, so each track has more ground contact, resulting in better transfer of power to the ground.

On each end of the roller beam, a mount controls pitch roll and yaw along with some vertical load, and two mounts in the center handle the primary vertical load. While the tractor is oscillating in the middle, each track moves independently. The exclusive Case IH design fits in a very narrow undercarriage width for row-crop applications. 

The Steiger Rowtrac gives operators more adaptability and versatility for different cropping systems, with 20-, 22-, 30- and 40-inch row-crop spacing options, and the track width to suit many types of operations.

The undercarriage features a new advanced suspension system. Rubber "donuts" act like shock absorbers and keep the suspension from shifting from side to side, which helps the tractor remain accurate on the row.

The Steiger Rowtrac is designed with a small overall size in mind for excellent visibility and a tight turning radius, so the Quadtrac four-track, positive-drive system is highly maneuverable in the field. It also is very transportable on the road for growers with large operations and several locations to manage.

Like other Steiger models, the Rowtrac machines have Power Boost to provide extra power when needed with hydraulics, PTO, during transport and in other challenging conditions. New features provide even more flexibility: the 113-gallon-per-minute parallel flow hydraulic system for use with a three-point-hitch and PTO offers increased efficiency and adaptability for more planting and grain-cart applications.

COMPACT AND UTILITY TRACTORS

Bobcat 500

www.bobcat.com

Bobcat Company has introduced the 500 frame-size skid-steer and compact track loaders. The seven new medium-size machines make up the most popular size class in the Bobcat loader family and provide operators with extensive feature upgrades, including increased visibility and a more comfortable cab.

The 500 frame-size loaders feature a unique cab-forward design that moves the operator closer to the attachment. They tout the largest cab door opening on the market, offering superior visibility to the cutting edge of the bucket or the corners of an attachment. The increased cab height provides additional headroom, while still keeping the overall machine size small enough to operate in tight spaces. Larger windows on the sides and rear of the cab provide more visibility to the tires and back of the machine. And the larger top window makes it easier and more comfortable for the operator to see an attachment with the lift arms raised.

Bobcat increased the size of the 500 loader cab by 10 percent, redesigned the interior to allow operators to adjust the environment to their individual preferences and improved cab pressurization.

Operators have the choice between standard foot-pedal hydraulic controls, the Advanced Control System (ACS) or the Selectable Joystick Controls (SJC). The standard foot pedals control the lift and tilt through mechanical linkage. The optional ACS lets the loader operator use a dash-mounted switch to instantly select between advanced hand control or advanced foot control of lift and tilt functions. The low-effort control levers of the optional SJC can be operated in the ISO or H pattern. These handles move up and down in conjunction with the seat to reduce arm movement and operator fatigue. The joystick mounts also slide forward or backward to adjust to the preference of each individual operator.

The 500 frame-size loaders have increased hydraulic performance and the hydraulic systems on M-Series loaders have been engineered for higher standard flow and pressure. Size, horsepower and cubic-inch displacement are matched to the loader's rated operating capacity, balance and weight, producing a loader that can outperform higher-horsepower machines.

The skid-steer models offer a two-speed option, which boosts the maximum travel speed from 7.4 mph in low range to 11 mph in high range. The hydraulic bucket positioning option keeps the loader bucket level as the lift arms travel upward.

Available only on M-Series loaders, the panel intelligently monitors key loader functions, and the keyless start helps prevent theft. The 5-inch, full-color LCD screen offers better readability and interaction. Easy-to-read virtual sweep gauges allow the operator to quickly read and understand the machine's performance.


Kubota M-Series Tractor

(888) 4-KUBOTA (458-2682)

www.kubota.com

The Grand X Series offers one of the largest cabs in its class. Within the mid-size ag/utility line, the M135GX is Kubota's most powerful tractor with a 374-cubic-inch, turbocharged direct injection diesel engine that boasts 118 PTO horsepower.
The Grand X Series cab has room for two, with an optional instructor's seat. With a wide-opening door and easy-to-climb stairs, spaciousness is king inside, even with the instructor's seat. Compared to the standard M-Series models, the Grand X cab is 10 inches wider with seven more inches of headroom.

Kubota's outstanding power and fuel economy go hand-in-hand with the Grand X Series tractors. Each tractor in the series is versatile, powerful and productive. When it comes to clean performance, the common rail system electronically controls the fuel injection timing and amount in stages rather than all at once for optimal combustion, greater efficiency, better fuel economy and less engine noise.

Sleek new design elements add aesthetics and functionality to the M-Series' ergonomically designed cockpit. The new rounded-glass, panoramic windshield, sloping hood and grill design improve the operator's range of vision. The new cab has four pillars versus the six in the original design to offer more than seven inches in headroom and more than 10 inches in width for ample legroom. Wide-opening glass doors provide easier access, while the unobstructed ceiling with new glass roof panel and glass lower-rear panel allow for a clear view.

Enhancements on the Kubota Grand X Series deluxe mid-sized tractors help operators work more efficiently. The new, redesigned control console is user-friendly, concentrating all operating controls where everything is intuitive and within easy reach. The dash-instrumentation includes a central command LCD panel that monitors 26 different functions, including engine information, fuel used per hour, travel direction and gear selection. To complete the new Grand X Series enhancements, Kubota has substantially increased the standard hitch capacity to 6,834 lbs., with an optional 9,447 lbs. capacity for heavy-duty applications.

Mahindra 8560

www.mahindrausa.com

The 8560 tractors, with an 83-hp mCRD engine, are heavy-duty, full-size utility tractors that offer fuel-efficient, high performance with cleaner exhaust emissions and reduced visible engine smoke. Mahindra's interim-Tier IV compliant mCRD features include high-pressure fuel injection engine, greatly reducing visible engine smoke; multiple injection points for fuel efficiency with greener emissions, including a reduction in NOx and Particulate Matter (PM); diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) after treatment system that does not require regeneration; and high-efficiency positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) technology to capture and clean gases from the combustion chamber before releasing them into the environment.

The diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC), unique to the Mahindra mCRD engine, provides a lower-cost, low-maintenance solution to meet the Tier IV emission standards. Due to its reduced system complexity, the DOC eliminates the diesel particulate filter, resulting in no back pressure monitor and filter cleaning for greater protection.

Mahindra's Tier IV compliance product roll out will continue with a full line of mCRD tractors available in 2013.

KIOTI RX6010PC

(877) 465-4684

www.kioti.com

The new KIOTI RX6010PC model tractor boasts a hydraulic shuttle transmission versus the synchro shuttle transmission offered on the RX6010C. The hydraulic shuttle provides the operator with the ability to change direction with the quick flip of a Power Shuttle Lever, eliminating the need to stop the tractor and step on the clutch to change direction. The tractor is equipped with a wet multi-plate clutch system to support the intended rigorous and continuous use of the tractor.

In addition to the ability to change direction with the push of a lever, the RX6010PC delivers an easier-to-handle loader experience. The telescoping Category II three-point hitch, which can be controlled directly from the operator's station with a single-lever joystick, provides 3,710 pounds of lifting power, 24 inches aft of hitch. Standard quick-attach dual remotes are located near the three-point hitch. Mid-mounted hydraulic remotes are also standard for running front-end tools.

The RX6010PC houses a 59-hp turbocharged Daedong diesel engine that is both powerful and fuel-efficient. On top of the 59-hp provided by the Daedong diesel engine, an additional 49.1-horsepower at 540 RPM is supplied by the standard independent rear PTO, giving the RX6010PC the ability to run a wide range of implements and attachments.

The RX6010PC's front-end and hood design offers a one-touch control release to simplify and speed up routine service and maintenance. A deluxe cab with a wide-range of comfort features is standard. A flat deck provides a productive work environment that is enhanced by amenities like an AM/FM stereo with CD player, cup holders and a 12-volt power outlet for plug-ins.
The 12-speed transmission allows for travel up to 19 mph in either forward or reverse. Additional standard features include an adjustable tilt steering wheel, responsive power steering and wet multi-disc brakes, electric over hydraulic four-wheel drive and rear differential lock, for superior traction over the toughest ground conditions.
 

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