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New fuel-efficient puma tractors arrive

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article image Case IH’s new Puma 225 tractor with standard CVT is ideal for use in a wide range of applications – from hay to dairy, broadacre, cane and haulage

To meet the needs of growers looking for increased efficiency and productivity, Case IH’s Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is now available as an option on the Puma 165, 180, 195 and 210 tractor models. The CVT introduction also includes a new range-topping model, the Puma 225.  

“The Puma range already includes a number of features, such as Engine Power Boost, four-post cabin and high ground clearance, which make it ideal for use in hay, dairy, broadacre and cane haulage operations,” said Case IH Tractor Brand Manager, John Dreves. “The CVT option will see the Puma range deliver further benefits to farmers right across the country with features such as Automatic Productivity Management (APM) and Active Stop Control.”  

For hay and haulage operations, the Puma Tractor’s Engine Power Boost, which provides additional engine power of up to 37 Hp for demanding implements, comes into its own. The APM, which adjusts engine and transmission ratio automatically for fuel efficiency or productivity, makes it ideal for use in broadacre and spray operations. Hay baling operations also benefit from the Puma’s Active Stop Control feature which allows for easier stops and starts on inclines, without the need for clutching and breaking.  

“For dairy and cane operations, the Puma’s excellent visibility and tight turning radius of just 6.1m is a standout feature,” John said. “If you add to this the Puma’s excellent row crop clearance, and class leading power-to-weight ratio, it’s easy to see why it’s considered one of the most versatile tractors around.”  

The new Puma 225 Tractors have a maximum engine power of 185 kW (251 hp) available during PTO, transport and demanding hydraulic operations. “We recently added a standard feature on virtually all Puma models that allows engine power boost with hydraulic operations. This makes the Puma ideal for use with hydraulically driven boom sprayers where maintaining productivity and a constant flow rate is key,” John said.

“The Puma’s CVT transmission shares the proven design concept of the Case IH CVX range which has benefited farmers for over 11 years,” John said. “Building on this, a major advantage of the new transmission is its ability to achieve 100 per cent mechanical drive at typically high draft load conditions of approximately 5 kph, resulting in fuel-efficient operation, increased productivity and ongoing reliability for tough Australian conditions. In addition, the new transmission is designed so that 50 kph can be achieved at a fuel-saving 1550 RPM engine speed, leading to reduced fuel consumption and quiet operation.”  

Serviceability has also been considered, with the new CVT transmission retaining the time-proven cartridge design, which allows part of the transmission to be removed without pulling the tractor apart. “This feature may save a huge amount of service time and money over the life of the tractor,” John added.  

The Puma tractor range also includes an all-new Case IH Multicontrol Armrest which allows operators to control all speed, direction, hydraulic hitch and end-of-row functions from one simple, intuitive multifunction control handle. The Multicontrol Armrest eliminates the need for a right side control console, increasing seat range motion and right side visibility. For further ease of operation, an electronic joystick can be integrated into the armrest, allowing simultaneous control of optional third mid-mount functions.  

Powered by the proven and quiet Case IH 6 cylinder, 6.75 L engine, the Puma is compatible for use with up to a 100 per cent biodiesel blend (following approved Case IH maintenance procedures).   All models are available with optional AFS AccuGuide Ready option to allow farmers to take advantage of Case IH Advanced Farming System precision farming capabilities.

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