Case IH’s 2016 Steiger tractor line-up is promising to get farmers up to speed faster with a more efficient transmission.
The new transmission for the Steiger line, which features three row-crop tractors and four independent positive-drive track models, offers improved shifting performance and increased shuttle shift speed.
The tractors were rolled out at the 2015 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois. Real Agriculture took a tour of the new 620 HP Steiger model with marketing manager Mitch Kaiser. He says farmers can expect to see a 20 per cent improvement in shifting speed, smoother shifting, and the ability to get up to speed faster when hauling tillage implements and planters.
The 2016 Steigers also feature an advanced electronic steering system for increased control both in the field and on the road. “It keeps the steering down to four turns on the wheel lock-to-lock in the field,” explains Kaiser. “And when you go out on a road or highway, it transitions to a faster steering position to give you more feel driving down the highway.”
Kaiser notes that engineers were also thinking agronomy and soil compaction when updating the tractors for 2016. “Steigers now have a front and rear differential lock. This helps control slippage in the field to reduce compaction.”
A new LED lighting package promises to help farmers see better and keep them working longer. Split image electric mirrors allow the operator to see through to the back of the tractor as well as keep an eye on the planter or air seeder behind the tire to determine how the implement is performing in the ground being worked.