Use­ful Util­ity

First taste of new Far­mall JXM to hit lo­cal mar­ket

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The Far­mall range of trac­tors has been a sta­ple of the Case IH brand for 95 years. It’s an icon, and for farm­ers across the globe the Far­mall has been a trusty work­horse, tasked with any­thing and ev­ery­thing on the farm.

But a new gen­er­a­tion of Far­mall has ar­rived – the JXM – join­ing the likes of the Far­mall B, JX, C and U, and Farms & Farm

Ma­chin­ery was given an ex­clu­sive first look and test drive be­fore its big de­but at this year’s AgQuip Field Days.

You won’t see any fancy giz­mos or GPS mon­i­tors on the

Far­mall JXM, but what you do get is a hardy all-round trac­tor that will com­ple­ment hobby farm­ers or smaller-scale farm­ers look­ing to in­clude a util­ity trac­tor for more gen­eral-pur­pose work.

EN­GINE

The 90hp JXM was a blast to drive. Start­ing with the en­gine, the JXM 75hp of­fers a 2.9-litre tur­bocharged and in­ter­cooled three-cylin­der FPT, while the 90hp vari­ant (which we drove) has the 3.9-litre, four-cylin­der op­tion. She’s not go­ing to set any land speed records, but a max­i­mum road speed of 34.5km/h isn’t too shabby.

And the four-cylin­der FPT en­gine on the 90hp JXM was grunty, pro­vid­ing am­ple power as we bummed around a pad­dock out in Gat­ton, west of Bris­bane.

Ser­vic­ing the FPT will be a breeze thanks to the ef­fi­cient one­piece bon­net that is opened by a press of a but­ton.

Gat­ton is some of the best farm­ing coun­try in Queens­land, with many veg­etable farms just down the road from our test site, which had me think­ing that the 90hp JXM wouldn’t look out of place at one of th­ese op­er­a­tions; some­thing that was echoed by Case IH Australia New Zealand prod­uct man­ager Sea­mus McCarthy.

“Yes, def­i­nitely,” McCarthy says. “It also has the ben­e­fit of hav­ing a creeper trans­mis­sion, for when you re­ally need to get down to those low speeds in op­er­a­tions like veg­etable farm­ing.”

TRANS­MIS­SION

The trans­mis­sion on the test trac­tor was the ba­sic 12x12 me­chan­i­cal syn­chroshut­tle, but the JXM se­ries does of­fer a 20x20 syn­chroshut­tle trans­mis­sion with creeper op­tions, or a 24x24 me­chan­i­cal syn­chro syn­chroshut­tle trans­mis­sion with a split­ter. While our ma­chine didn’t of­fer the creeper gear, it was still ob­vi­ous that this was a jack-of-all-trades kind of ma­chine. The 12x12 syn­chro box was per­fectly fine. The JXM has a hand throt­tle and foot throt­tle – while rel­a­tively stock-stan­dard on trac­tors, per­son­ally I find you ei­ther pre­fer one or the other, but strangely enough both are con­ve­nient. I found my­self switch­ing be­tween the two with­out favour­ing or dis­lik­ing ei­ther. Thumbs up there for the JXM.

But the real win­ner on the JXM is its hy­draulic pow­er­shut­tle. If you’ve got a loader on the front – which we did – the pow­er­shut­tle will make loader work ex­tremely easy when you’re repet­i­tively driv­ing for­ward and re­verse.

In re­gards to the PTO, both the 75hp and the 90hp mod­els re­ceive 540/540E PTO speeds. For the hobby farmer, I couldn’t see you need­ing any­thing more than the 12x12 box. It’s very sim­ple to use, with a qual­ity clutch. For farm­ing op­er­a­tions such as veg­etable farm­ing or op­er­a­tions with cat­tle I’d def­i­nitely sug­gest the trans­mis­sion with the creeper.

HY­DRAULICS

The JXM of­fers two re­motes as stan­dard with an op­tion of a third. In terms of the hy­draulics sys­tem it­self, it of­fers 60L/min flow which will cover most im­ple­ments. While we didn’t at­tach any­thing to the 90hp JXM, Case IH is con­fi­dent that the JXM’s power and hy­draulic flow will com­fort­ably pull a small plough, hoe or even a small square baler.

The JXM also comes with a three-point hitch ca­pa­ble of lift­ing and han­dling im­ple­ments up to 2,500kg, which is pretty im­pres­sive for a util­ity trac­tor.

It has the ben­e­fit of hav­ing a creeper trans­mis­sion, for when you re­ally need to get down to those low speeds.

Hy­draulic con­trols and levers are placed on your right-hand side.

OP­ER­A­TOR COM­FORT

The first thing you’ll re­alise when jump­ing aboard the JXM is how high you sit. For a value-line prod­uct, Case IH hasn’t shafted us in terms of the ma­te­ri­als.

They’re never go­ing to be Mag­num se­ries stan­dard, but they’re cer­tainly qual­ity for the price you’ll pay: a com­fort­able seat; a qual­ity dash; same goes for the han­dle throt­tle and pow­er­shut­tle which I men­tioned be­fore.

How­ever, while you get fan­tas­tic vis­i­bil­ity by sit­ting up high, my only crit­i­cism of the JXM would be the space be­tween the op­er­a­tor and a few of the con­trols po­si­tioned on its flat deck floor. It’s a bit of a stretch for my lit­tle arms, but I’m re­ally only nit-pick­ing there.

VER­DICT

Case IH has a rea­son to be ex­cited by the new­est mem­ber of the Far­mall fam­ily. It’s put together a fun, well-built util­ity trac­tor from the com­pany’s In­dian man­u­fac­tur­ing plant. It’s proven it­self overseas so why shouldn’t it work here?

Like McCarthy says, Case IH has al­ways had trac­tors of this horse­power range but they’ve al­ways come with a pre­mium price tag.

“We’re hop­ing it sat­is­fies a lot of cus­tomer needs and we’re look­ing for­ward to get­ting out onto the mar­ket and look­ing for­ward to the op­por­tu­ni­ties the JXM will pro­vide,” he says.

The JXM is for the value-line cus­tomer who wants a ba­sic trac­tor with a lot of ca­pa­bil­ity “with­out burn­ing a hole in the pocket”.

When de­liv­er­ies com­mence early next year I’m sure the Case IH JXM se­ries will be a hit.

Op­po­site: Loader work is made easy on the Far­mall JXM thanks to its pow­er­shut­tle Above: Vis­i­bil­ity on the Far­mall JXM is su­perb thanks to its open canopy

The Far­mall JXM is for the farmer look­ing for a ba­sic trac­tor with a lot of ca­pa­bil­ity

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