Case IH had their Quadtrac 540 CVX tractor on display this week at Farm Progress Show in Illinois. The tractor is the ‘flagship’ of three models, all outfitted with continuously-variable transmissions (CVT), something that the company says has not been available in 4WD articulated tractors until now.
“CVX can bring a wide range of engine, fuel and work advantages to Quadtrac owners’ businesses,” says Hans-Werner Eder, Case IH Quadtrac product marketing manager. “They include reduced engine speed to optimise fuel efficiency, and, for those operating PTO-powered equipment, enhanced operation through the achievement of uninterrupted peak power via stepless speed progression.”
The models in the Quadtrac series include the 470, 500, and 540 CVX (with maximum power outputs of 525hp, 558hp and 613hp, respectively). But the CVXDrive availability extends across the Steiger brand, to include Rowtrac, wheeled and scraper options as well.
Mitch Kaiser, marketing manager with Case IH, says the new 4WD tractors address consumer desires for easier controls, easier operation and seamless shifting. In addition, the lineup allows for faster acceleration; full power and hydraulic flow availability at low ground speeds; and the storing of three target speeds from 0 to 40km/h.
There are only three main points to remember about the series, says Kaiser. “It’s strong, it’s smart, and it’s simple.”
The line has been tested in western Canada and in the southern United States and is now available for spring delivery.