TO MEET the needs of growers looking for increased efficiency and productivity, Case IH’s Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is now available as an option on its 165, 180, 195 and 210 Puma tractor models.
As well, the CVT introduction also includes a new range-topping model - the Puma 225.
“The Puma range already includes a number of features, such as Engine Power Boost, four-post cabin and high ground clearance, which make it ideal for use in hay, dairy, broadacre and cane haulage operations,” Case IH tractor brand manager, John Dreves said.
For hay and haulage operations, the Puma’s Engine Power Boost, which provides additional engine power of up to 37hp for demanding implements, comes into its own. The APM, which adjusts engine and transmission ratio automatically for fuel efficiency or productivity, makes it ideal for use in broadacre and spray operations. Hay baling operations also benefit from the Puma’s Active Stop Control feature which allows for easier stops and starts on inclines, without the need for clutching and braking.
“For dairy and cane operations, the Puma’s excellent visibility and tight turning radius of just 6.1m is a standout feature,” Mr Dreves said.
“If you add to this the Puma’s excellent row crop clearance, and class leading power-to-weight ratio, it’s easy to see why it’s considered one of the most versatile tractors around.”
The new Puma 225 has a maximum engine power of 185kW (251hp) available during PTO, transport and demanding hydraulic operations.
“We recently added a standard feature on virtually all Puma models that allows engine power boost with hydraulic operations,” Mr Dreves said.
“This makes the Puma ideal for use with hydraulically driven boom sprayers where maintaining productivity and a constant flow rate is key,” he added.
The Puma’s CVT transmission shares the proven design concept of the Case IH CVX range which has benefited farmers for over 11 years, according to Case IH.
Building on this, a major advantage of the new transmission is said to be its ability to achieve 100 percent mechanical drive at typically high draft load conditions of about 5kph.
In addition, the new transmission is designed so that 50kph can be achieved at a fuel-saving 1550rpm engine speed, leading to reduced fuel consumption and quiet operation.
Serviceability has also been considered, with the new CVT transmission retaining the time-proven cartridge design, which allows part of the transmission to be removed without pulling the tractor apart.
The Puma range also includes an all-new Case IH Multicontrol Armrest which allows operators to control all speed, direction, hydraulic hitch and end-of-row functions from one simple, intuitive multifunction control handle. The Multicontrol Armrest eliminates the need for a right side control console, increasing seat range motion and right side visibility. For further ease of operation, an electronic joystick can be integrated into the armrest, allowing simultaneous control of optional third mid-mount functions.
Powered by the proven and quiet Case IH 6 cylinder, 6.75L engine, the Puma is compatible for use with up to a 100 percent biodiesel blend (following approved Case IH maintenance procedures).
All models are available with optional AFS AccuGuide Ready option to allow farmers to take advantage of Case IH Advanced Farming System precision farming capabilities.
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