New high horsepower Optum tractor makes show debut

Case IH Optum CVX.

Case IH Optum CVX.

CASE IH is using the 2016 Royal Welsh Show to unveil its new high horsepower, low weight tractors, the Optum CVX 270 and 300, for the first time at the event. The new models have won multiple international awards since their launch, including ‘Machine of the Year’ 2016. Targeted at the growing market among Welsh contractors and the country’s larger livestock and arable farmers for tractors which can be ballasted for heavy-duty tasks yet run light for jobs where weight is not required, the Optum is available in 270hp and 300hp versions. Built at the Case IH factory in St Valentin, Austria, a country where performance on hills is as important as it is in Wales, the new models are expected to appeal particularly to larger farmers and contractors looking for nimble and manoeuvrable tractors to negotiate the country’s lanes and livestock farm yards, yet with sufficient power to handle heavy transport on steep roads and horsepower-hungry tasks such as mowing and forage harvesting. Six-cylinder FPT Industrial 6.7 litre NeF engines produce respective outputs of 270 and 300hp at a 2,100rpm rated speed, and feature Hi eSCR-only after-treatment for full combustion efficiency and to meet Stage IV emission regulations. The lower part of the engine block and oil sump form the backbone of the tractor, meaning high payloads are possible, with a maximum gross vehicle weight of 16,000kg. Both models feature the Case IH CVX continuouslyvariable transmission, providing fully stepless travel from standstill to 50km/hr, and allowing the tractor to operate at the optimum engine speed for the task, whether that requires a constant engine rpm or forward travel rate. Case IH sales area manager for Wales Andrew Davies expects the new tractors to attract arable farmers across south Wales as well as contractors and large-scale livestock farmers. “In the south there are farms and contracting businesses looking to this type of tractor to operate ploughs, power harrow combinations and potato equipment. “With optional ABS braking, the Optum is built to stop safely on Welsh hills, while optional tyre monitoring minimises soil damage, constantly checking pressures on the tractor and implement. “The closed circuit load sensing hydraulic pump provides 165 litres/min of oil flow at 2,100 engine rpm, with a high flow 220 litres/min at 2,100rpm option, while the rear linkage has a maximum lift capacity at the ball ends of 11,058kg. “A four-speed rear PTO is standard, with 540rpm economy pto speed achievable at just 1,598 engine rpm, and 1,000rpm economy pto speed at only 1,583 engine rpm, for further fuel savings. “That linkage and hydraulic package makes handling of big mounted rear butterfly mowers and operating slurry tanker booms, and for farmers and contractors working with equipment such as front mowers, the front linkage offers a comparable maximum lift of 5,821kg. “But these won’t be the only machines we will have on show, and those requiring less power will find a full line-up of Farmall, Maxxum and Puma tractors, plus Case IH handling and baling equipment,” added Andrew.

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