The Case IH Magnum 380 CVX was revealed as “Machine of the Year 2015” in the 280 to 400 horse power segment at SIMA in Paris last week, to go with its “Tractor of the Year” title at EIMA in Bologna last autumn.
The Paris award was adjudicated by 19 independent European agricultural trade magazine journalists countries.
The tractor’s main feature is the Rowtrac option, designed to be manoeuvrable and versatile, like a wheeled tractor, whilst floating over the ground and and protecting the soil, like a tracked machine.
Rubber tracks, with lugs driven by a large drive wheel for efficient transmission of power to the ground, offer superior traction, minimum soil disturbance even when turning under full power, and a smoother ride for operator comfort. But only the Rowtrac has rear tracks which oscillate and pivot to maintain a flat footprint, unaffected by the load on the three-point linkage or drawbar.
Differential locks are included to maximise traction in difficult conditions, a feature which is not possible on twin-track machines.
Case IH expect the first MagnumTM Rowtrac tractors to be delivered to customers in Europe at the end of 2015. Their output is 380 to 435 hp.
Also on the way is the new Case IH Puma range of seven tractors from 150 to 270hp.
One of their new cab features is a seamless single-piece front screen for an uninterrupted forward view.
Working lights now feature the latest LED technology, and the manufacturer says drivers can identify and avoid field obstacles, and see to the furthest extremities of wide implements, even on the darkest nights.
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