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Case IH is bring­ing its Op­tum CVT se­ries of trac­tors to Aussie shores

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The Case IH Op­tum CVT trac­tor range will be com­ing to Aus­tralia in Au­gust, the com­pany an­nounced at a re­cent dealer con­fer­ence at Uluru.

Prod­uct man­ager Peter Elias says the ex­ter­nal de­sign of the Op­tum in­tro­duces the look of Case IH trac­tors for the fu­ture, while me­chan­i­cally it com­bines the ver­sa­til­ity and ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity of a Puma with the power of a Mag­num.

“An in-depth cus­tomer clinic was held, in­volv­ing own­ers of a va­ri­ety of brands in this seg­ment,” he says. “We thor­oughly eval­u­ated de­mands and ex­pec­ta­tions which then were im­ple­mented in the de­vel­op­ment, de­sign and man­u­fac­tur­ing of the new trac­tor range.

“One key re­quire­ment Aus­tralian farm­ing and con­tract­ing busi­nesses fo­cus on is the ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity and com­pact di­men­sions of highly ver­sa­tile and pow­er­ful trac­tors – that is what our de­vel­op­ment en­gi­neers kept in mind.

“We are con­vinced that the Case IH Op­tum CVT will soon be ap­pre­ci­ated as a truly ver­sa­tile and re­li­able high per­former,”

Elias adds.

The Aus­trian-made Op­tum CVT range con­sists of two mod­els which both use Tier 4B, 6.7-litre NEF en­gines from FPT In­dus­trial, with 270hp or 300hp at a rated speed of 2100rpm and a max­i­mum of 313hp at 1800rpm.

The trans­mis­sion is car­ried over from the LWB Puma range, al­beit re­in­forced to han­dle the ex­tra power of the Op­tum, with a strength­ened cast­ing, new rear axle and dou­ble plan­e­tary fi­nal drives.

The CVT has a use­able speed range from 20m/h to a top speed of 50km/h, with­out need­ing to change any gears. The trans­mis­sion also has the ac­tive stop fea­tured on the rest of the CVT range.

Case IH has also changed the de­sign of the en­gine sump, which now acts as a ‘back­bone’ for the trac­tor and in­creases the max­i­mum gross ve­hi­cle weight to 16,000kg. The com­pany says this re­duces stress from the en­gine block.

Other notable fea­tures of the Op­tum CVT in­clude:

• New re­ac­tive steer­ing – makes for com­fort­able driv­ing at speed as the steer­ing wheel re­turns to the straight ahead po­si­tion

• ABS/ABS ad­vanced and au­to­matic park lock

• 4-speed rear PTO, 2-speed front PTO

• Closed Cen­tre Load Sens­ing Hy­draulic Sys­tem – 220-litre/ min hy­draulic flow with sep­a­rate steer­ing and trans­mis­sion sys­tems

• 630-litre diesel tank and 96-litre AdBlue tank

• Rear link­age with 11,058kg max­i­mum lift­ing power at ball


• Front link­age with 5,821kg max­i­mum lift­ing power at ball ends

– per­fect for triple mow­ers


• Headland Man­age­ment Con­trol (HMC II) and re­mote file

trans­fer func­tion

• Long­est ser­vice in­ter­vals in the power sec­tor

Case IH Aus­tralia pre­dicts the Op­tum CVT will be a per­fect fit within its high-horse­power trac­tor of­fer­ing.

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