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Strong beef industry outlook ideal for equipment upgrades

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Despite an uncertain global economy, the Australian beef industry remains strong, making now the ideal time to upgrade equipment. However, when it comes to upgrading, versatile equipment that offers value for money and the best levels of productivity remains a key requirement, says Case IH Marketing Manager Stuart Brown. 

“The economic slowdown and recession in the United States, Japan and Europe is expected to have a positive impact for Australian beef producers, with the fall in the Australian dollar leading to higher export demand,” Stuart explained. 

“To make the most of these positive market conditions, beef farmers need to ensure they have the best equipment on hand. However, gone are the days of one machine for one job. Beef farmers only want one machine, but they want it to undertake a wide range of tasks,” Stuart explained. “Case IH’s JXU tractor range, when fitted with the new VISION-LIFT 40 front-end loader, is the ideal choice when it comes to versatility and value for money.”

The rugged but economical 4.5-litre JXU tractor range delivers economy both in terms of purchase price and ongoing operation. The three models are available in a range of specifications to suit different operations and a choice of either ROPS or cab version. “Our design makes it easier for operators to get the job done, with features like clutchless on-the-move gear shifting through eight speeds, thanks to the right thumb switch mounted on the speed lever.”

The JXU range is designed to match perfectly with the VISION-LIFT 40 front-end loader. The VISION-LIFT 40 is one of six new models in the range. “The VISION-LIFT range includes an exclusive front-end loader levelling system with an innovative internal self levelling linkage enclosed inside the loader boom,” says Stuart. “This gives the loader a better appearance and gains between 240mm and 260mm of increased vision.

“We’ve also concealed hydraulic distribution lines inside the front end loader boom arm, which increases loader to tractor clearances and provides boom arm surfaces free from hoses, brackets and other components, further enhancing the excellent visibility offered by these machines.”

The range also features standard third and optional fourth service for use with attachments such as 4-in-1 buckets and silage attachments, and a new easy-attach and detach feature.

“The patent-pending Auto Cam Lock & Fast Lock frame stand system makes it quicker and easier to detach and reattach the front end loader to the tractor. There are no components that have to come away from the loader as the automatic locking features are all built into the design, and reattaching the loader is a very quick, automated process. Once the hydraulic hoses have been connected, the operator can completely attach and secure the loader without even leaving the tractor seat.”

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