Case IH has won their second Tractor of the Year title in three years.
The Austrian manufactured Case IH Optum 300 CVX has been voted international ‘Tractor of the Year 2017’.
The recipient is chosen from a shortlist of seven assessed by an independent jury of 24 specialist agricultural equipment journalists.
The awards ceremony was held during the recent EIMA International Agricultural Exhibition in Bologna, Italy.
This year’s victory follows the 2015 title triumph with the Case IH Magnum CVX 380. And it follows the Optum also winning a Machine of the Year 2016 title.
Case IH high-horse-power tractor marketing manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa Dan Stuart said.
“We have created a totally new, strong yet lighter weight design, with new strong front axle and structural engine oil sump design, to meet demands for customer requiring a 250-300hp tractor with a high power-to-weight ratio in a compact, manoeuvrable layout.”
“That means it’s well-suited to tasks where high power is essential but weight less so — such as working with large mowers, where it’s important to protect the sward.”
“But, for jobs where traction and grip are the critical factor, such as heavy cultivations, Optum CVX can be weighted to make it as capable as any ordinary tractor of this power.”
“And for road transport, the Optum can be ballasted according to the weight of the load it is pulling, for maximum safety and fuel efficiency,” said Mr Stuart.
The Optum CVX is positioned between the US-built Magnum and the Puma range, which is built in St Valentin, Austria, like the Optum.
Driving through the continuously-variable Case IH CVX transmission, the Hi-eSCR equipped FPT 6.7-litre six-cylinder engine in the Optum CVX is built around a structural sump.
This design allows for a maximum gross vehicle weight of 16,000kg.
Fuel-saving features include idle speed management, which cuts engine speed from 850 to 650rpm if the tractor stands still for two minutes.
“The result is a tractor that protects the soil, in that it can be operated at a weight that suits the work,” said Mr Stuart.
“It protects the owner’s business from the tyre and component wear that can occur when a heavy tractor is used for lighter field or transport tasks.
“And it protects against high fuel consumption, as proven by DLG Powermix test results of 249 g/kWh.”
Best design title
The winner of the Best design title at the awards was the Deutz-Fahr 6215 RCshift.
The design and style of the Deutz-Fahr 6 series were developed and refined in collaboration with Italdesign Giugiaro.
Their clear and decisive lines for the hood, their distinctive cab and generous use of high quality materials results in an aggressive yet user-friendly design which has become the hallmark of the latest Deutz-Fahr tractors.
Another element of the design is an optional 40,000 Lumen LED package with up to 16 working headlights.
The cab interior is an altogether quieter environment, with significantly reduced- engine noise, vibration and heat, because the cab and engine hood are dis-connected.
Another point to note from the awards was the inclusion of the Zetor Forterra HD among the finalists.
This was the first occasion in the 70 years history of the Czech tractor maker that one of their models made it into the final shortlist.
Best utility and specialised
In two other categories - Best Utility and Best of Specialised, the winners were the New Holland T5.120 and the Antonio Carraro Tony 9800 TR respectively.
Sean Lennon, Head of New Holland Tractors, Telehandlers and PLM Product Management, said, “New Holland has traditionally been very strong in serving this sector of agriculture with tractors in this power bracket, and the T5 Tier 4B developments are designed to build on that.”
Held annually since 1998, the international Tractor of the Year award is decided by writers from 23 European countries, including Ireland.
In allocating their awards, jury members evaluate each machine, with the emphasis on technical aspects, design ergonomics, quality, and working performance.