Puma 260 seeks to redefine compact high-power tractors

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Case IH has taken its Puma tractor power offering to a new level with the addition of the AFS Connect Puma 260.

The company says the new tractor redefines the meaning of a compact, high-power tractor with 260 hp (300 peak). In addition to being fully equipped with AFS Connect for advanced data management and tracking, the Puma 260 features axle, tire and transmission updates to support a rugged workhorse design. Cooling advancements ensure consistent performance field, and  comfort improvements keep operators refreshed inside the cab.

Case IH debuted the Puma 260 at the National Farm Machinery Show at Louisville, Kentucky. In this interview, mid-range tractor marketing manager J.E. Cadle shares what operators can expect when they climb aboard the new tractor.

“It’s a completely redesigned cab. It’s much larger. We’ve got more leg room, more headroom, we’ve got more storage all around you. And it’s really quiet, almost an automotive finish. But it really makes for a nice quiet experience inside the cab,” says Cadle.

The Puma 260 comes standard with a heavy-duty class 4.5 front axle and a heavy-duty rear axle, increasing the gross vehicle weight (GVW) capacity and allowing for larger diameter rear tires to help carry larger implements and get more power to the ground.

Cadle says the added power makes the Puma 260 a good fit across a range of farming applications. “It’s a good mix use tractor. It’s kind of a high horsepower, all purpose tractor. It’s a great loader tractor: we’ve got our new integrated loader joysticks, with a forward-reverse button and it’s got configurable buttons, so it’s gonna make a great loader tractor if you need a good heavy duty loader,” says Cadle.

“It’s also a good planting tractor. It’s got good power boost if you’re looking for PTO applications, running a big square baler, a round baler or triple cutters… it’ll do just about anything. It’s a little more compact design, but it’s still got a lot of horsepower,” adds Cadle.

(Watch RealAgriculture’s Bernard Tobin and J.E. Cadle from Case IH review the features of the AFS Connect Puma 260.)

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