Equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), Case IH says the new model combines the manoeuvrability of a Puma with the power of a Magnum.
Boekeman Machinery Northam branch manager Andrew Boekeman agrees, saying it will put more emphasis on being a farm workhorse tractor.
“We bought one of the first in WA, an Optum 300, specified with optional front PTO and linkage, to emphasise its versatility as a hay tractor capable of employing a butterfly mower,” Mr Boekeman said.
“It’s just another string to the bow of a model that would be expected to be used year-round in tillage, spraying, spreading and chasing.”
Case IH product manager Peter Elias said the Optum CVT was instantly recognisable by its modern styling.
“Case IH held an in-depth customer clinic, involving owners of a variety of brands in this segment,” Mr Elias said.
“We thoroughly evaluated demands and expectations which then were implemented in the development, design and manufacturing of the new tractor range.
“We are convinced the Optum CVT will soon be appreciated as a truly versatile and reliable high performer.”
Manufactured in St Valentin, Austria, the Optum CVT range consists of two models with a 6.7 litre NEF engine from FPT Industrial, with 201 kilowatt (270hp) or 224kW (300 horsepower) at a rated speed of 2100rpm and a maximum power of 233kW (313hp) at 1800rpm.
This economical and powerful engine conforms to the latest Tier 4B exhaust emission standards using the patented Hi-eSCR system.
The efficient and reliable CVT transmission is carried over from the LWB Puma range, reinforced to handle the extra power of the Optum CVT, with a strengthened casting, new rear axle and double planetary final drives.
The CVT transmission has a useable speed range from 20 metres an hour to a top speed of 50 kilometres an hour, without needing to change gears.
The transmission also has the active stop feature like the rest of the CVT range.
A design change where the engine sump serves as the backbone of the tractor, removing stress from the engine block, means the Optum CVT is capable of a maximum gross vehicle weight of 16,000 kilograms.
“This increased weight helps ensure the additional power gets to the ground, but we’ve achieved this without compromising agility,” Mr Elias said.
Other notable features on the Optum CVT include:
- New reactive steering.
- ABS/ABS advanced and automatic park lock.
- Four-speed rear PTO, two-speed front PTO (option).
- Closed centre load-sensing hydraulic system (220L/min flow with separate steering and transmission systems).
- 630 litre diesel tank and 96L AdBlue tank
- Rear linkage with 11,058kg maximum lifting power at ball ends.
- Front linkage with 5821 kilogram maximum lifting power at ball ends (option).
- ISOBUS Class II/III.
- Headland Management Control (HMC II) and remote file transfer function.
- Longest service intervals in the power sector.
- More information: Contact your local Case IH dealer or visit www.caseih.com