The intelligent plough and the manoeuvrable big tractor

Next year will bring the technological advances promised in the recently announced Kverneland i-Plough, and in this week’s Agritechnica launch of the Case IH Optum CVX range to the forecourts of Munster farm machinery and construction dealer Lynch & McCarthy.
The intelligent plough and the manoeuvrable big tractor

The all new Optum range is Case IH’s reaction in the growing 250-300 horse power tractor market, where high power to weight ratio is important.

The series got its first viewing in America in September, and its European launch at this week’s Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany.

It is designed to be compact yet have a powerful engine, to give the operator greater flexibility — as strong as a big tractor, but manoeuvrable like a small one.

Andreas Klauser, Case IH President, explained the thinking behind the new range “Modern, productive farming and contracting businesses in Europe are amongst the most demanding customers worldwide, one reason being that cropping is more intensive and yields are higher than in most other regions, whilst weather conditions often limit available time windows for field work. Handling any given task with maximum performance, efficiency and reliability is therefore what the Optum CVX was designed and built for”.

The tractor announces the new look for Case IH tractors of the future. Its stunning new design includes a bonnet with dynamic lines and 3-D LED lighting, plus signature lights, designed to give the tractor a mean, strong image.

The front hydraulic is integrated, meaning it is located very close to the front axle. This design allows the engine power focus on the front wheels and therefore achieve the best traction.

The front suspension is a complete new design to allow for optimum comfort at 50kph in transit, even with heavy implements on the front hydraulics. The two launch models, the 270 CVX and the 310 CVX, boost a 6.7 litre Stage IV FPT engine rated to 271hp and 310hp respectively.

They sit in the current Case IH range between the Puma and Magnum range.

The reaction this week was positive. “Visitors of Agritechnica have very clear conceptions of what modern agriculture has to deliver. It is a pleasure for us to present convincing Case IH innovations in Hanover again this year, innovations which offer optimum solutions and an excellent value for money to our customers”, said Stefan Bogner, general manager of Case IH Germany.

Kverneland has been working on a new range of mounted reversible ploughs for the last five years.

The 2500 series is an all-new range of ploughs, incorporating a high-tech innovation that I see as the future of ploughing.

The Kverneland 2500 i-Plough is a new generation of intelligent ploughs, with the Norway-based firm having developed an ISOBUS-mounted reversible plough. This enables any relevant plough settings for perfect furrows to be controlled at the touch of a button from the tractor cab. I will return to the i-Plough in more detail closer to its Irish release.

“It’s not often that a genuinely all-new plough design comes along, but that’s what we’ve got here,” claimed Adam Burt, Kverneland UK at its recent launch. The 2500 series signifies the start of a progressive introduction of new models over the coming years.”

The new plough series will be manufactured at Kverneland Group’s flagship plant in Klepp, Norway, where a €30m investment programme funded by parent company Kubota increased the number of processes handled by robots, and brought all operations on to one site to increase capacity.

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