THE worlds first articulated tractor with continuously variable transmission (CVT) will be launched at AgQuip Gunnedah field days from August 22 to 24.
Taking on competitors such as the Class Xerion, the move towards CVT seems a natural fit for Case IH.
Alyx Selsmeyer the high horsepower tractor product manager for Case IH said the move to CVT was a positive one.
“The Continuously Variable Transmission offers so many benefits for the tractor operator.”
“As well as noticing cost savings where fuel consumption is concerned, the CVT makes the tractor more user-friendly for operators of all skill levels” she said.
“The Continuously Variable Transmission offers so many benefits for the tractor operator”
Ms Selsmeyer said Case IH had been developing its CVT technology for almost 20 years and was proud to now be able to offer it at the top end of its tractor market.
The Steiger CVT technology will be available on the 450 and 500 horsepower Quadtracks and the 400, 450 and 500 Rowtracks.
The Steiger wheeled 400, 450 and 500; and the wheeled 450 and 500 scraper will also move over to CVT.
“The CVT transmission provides faster acceleration to field or road speed, full power availability at low ground speeds for special applications and implements, and full hydraulic flow availability at low ground speeds, for the likes of drilling and planting,” a product release issued by Case IH states.
Case IH believe the result of this will be increased productivity with faster cycle times and maximum fuel efficiency.
“It all adds up to a tractor designed to ensure the most efficient operation at all times, in all conditions, regardless of the task or terrain” said Ms Selsmeyer.
Ms Selsmeyer said it also had “the capacity to reduce engine speed to the minimum required for the tractor’s workload, in order to maximise fuel efficiency”.