Tractor owners of a variety of brands in the 180 to 300hp segment were consulted on the design of the new Case IH Optum CVX range — and development engineers responded with aims of manoeuvrability and compact dimensions in these powerful tractors.
The major design change is that the sump serves as the backbone of the tractor, thus removing stress from the engine block.
There are two Optum tractors, of 270 and 300 horse power, both with a 6.7-litre engine. They are the first Case IH tractor to have the new bonnet and rear fender styling, plus signature lighting.
A very tight turning angle is one of the manoeuvrability features.
Case IH also claim the longest service intervals in this power sector.
And reservoirs for 630 litres of diesel and 96 litres of AdBlue are among the versatility features, to reduce time returning to the farmyard for refuelling.
New front and rear axle designs, a wheel base of 2,995mm, rear tyre sizes up to 2.15m diameter, and continuously variable transmission are designed for traction and power to the ground.
The front axle to front linkage distance is shortened, for better vehicle weight distribution, and more compact overall dimensions.
Rear and front linkages and PTOs, and relatively low base weight for the horsepower, make the Optum CVX flexible for multiple functions, including tasks with heavy front and rear implements.
The Optum CVX can be supplied with ABS to help safe braking in tricky or emergency situations. An optional advanced ABS version is also available.
A tyre pressure monitoring system is also available, which allows the operator to monitor up to 16 tyres on the tractor or on implements, and re-inflate if necessary from the air-line connection at the rear of the tractor.
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