Tractor Of The Year 2019
Pan-European judging panel selects top model in four-cylinder Maxxum line as TOTY winner / Blend of compactness, power and transmission versatility recognised / Importance to owners and drivers of operational ease when working with complex equipment acknowledged.
The Case IH Maxxum 145 Multicontroller has been awarded the title of Tractor of the Year 2019 and Best Design 2019 at an award ceremony on the first day of EIMA International, the farm equipment show, in Bologna, Italy Launched last year alongside three smaller 116-135hp (rated) models, the highlights of the 145hp Maxxum 145 Multicontroller include its ActiveDrive 8 eight-step semi-powershift transmission and the Multicontroller armrest and joystick, attributes recognised by TOTY judges – professional farm machinery journalists from across Europe – for aiding ease of operation and enhancing efficiency. Maxxum tractors are also available with four-step powershift and continuously-variable transmissions. With recent revisions to the Maxxum range having given the line a fresh new look, in a double recognition the same model has also won the Best Design category, recognising the importance to functionality and form of a modern tractor’s styling.
The winning formula Following its introduction last summer, the new Case IH Maxxum range, in its Multicontroller guise with the new ActiveDrive 8 semi-powershift transmission, was awarded the prestigious Machine of the Year title for 2018 at Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany. Now the Maxxum 145 Multicontroller has added to its medal haul by taking the Tractor of the Year 2019 title, which is also judged by a panel of European agricultural magazine editors. Complementing the existing ActiveDrive 4 four-step semi-powershift and CVXDrive continuously-variable transmissions, the key development on the new Maxxum Multicontroller range is the ActiveDrive 8 three-range/eight-step semi-powershift. The transmission and many other tractor operating functions can be controlled through the Multicontroller armrest and joystick. The TOTY award builds on the Maxxum 145 Multicontroller’s previous achievements, including the lowest average specific fuel consumption recorded in the Field Work section of the PowerMix test conducted by Germany’s DLG testing station. “We are delighted to have been awarded the 2019 Tractor of the Year accolade for the Maxxum 145 Multicontroller,” says Thierry Panadero, Case IH vice-president for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. “It’s a fitting recognition that greater transmission efficiency and ease of control both have parts to play in not only making farming more profitable, but more sustainable too. Helping to make operations easier, more efficient and more environmentally-friendly is a core criteria in the design of our machines, so it’s gratifying to see the Maxxum Multicontroller’s features recognised in this way.
Increased lift capacities on key models / Smoother shifting from new four- and six-speed transmissions / Optional auto lubrication minimises daily servicing and improves operator conditions / New seat option for greater comfort / Optional auxiliary pressure release switch for remote actuation of remote hydraulic valve.
Lift capacities raised to cut cycle times Lift capacities have been increased on key models to help users boost productivity by loading more with each cycle and thereby reduce cycle numbers per task. Maximum load capacity on the two models with 6m maximum lift height has been increased by 100kg. As a result, the Farmilft 633 has a maximum lift capacity of 3,300kg, while the 636 has a maximum lift capacity of 3,600kg. The 7m lift height Farmlift 737 has an additional 200kg lift capacity, with a maximum capacity of 3,700kg.
New transmissions boost workrates, cut travel times The 7m/4,200kg Farmlift 742 and the 9.1m/3,500kg Farmlift 935 remain unchanged in terms of lift capacity, but the full range benefits from a number of other upgrades, key among them being a new transmission offering, designed to help buyers specify the system best suited to their workload. Farmlift 633, 737 and 935 models are equipped as standard with a four forward/three reverse transmission, with manual shifting. As an option they can be specified with a six forward/three reverse semi-automatic transmission, which operates automatically through gears four, five and six. Both transmissions are capable of a maximum 34kph top speed. Standard on the 636 and 742 models is a six forward/three reverse transmission, which is fully automatic through the forward speeds, and can also be operated semi-automatically through forward gears four, five and six, making for smoother road travel. These models also benefit from 40kph top speed for faster travel between jobs, and a memory shuttle feature, where the power shuttle selects the last-used forward and reverse gear when changing direction, to ensure smooth shuttling. Both transmissions feature a new electronic modulation system, which further enhances the smoothness of shifting and shuttling, and increases driving comfort as a result. Gear ratios have been improved to enhance performance in situations where high traction is required, such as travelling on slopes, climbing silage clamps or when operating on loading applications. In addition, all models now benefit from the more efficient torque converter. Combined with the new gear ratios, top speed is reached faster and more power is delivered to the ground. Other driveline updates include a new industrial tyre option for those operating mostly on hard surfaces. Available for all models, the Michelin BibLoad tyres are supplied in a 460/70 R24 size.
Operator comfort enhanced and servicing eased Other new features on the revised Farmlift models include a number of upgrades designed to improve driver comfort. Automatic steering alignment, which is available on all models, eliminates the need to ensure the front and rear wheels are aligned before changing steering modes. Meanwhile, connecting attachments that require auxiliary hydraulic power is made easier with the new option of an auxiliary pressure release (APR) switch, sited on the front light support bracket, for remote actuation of the hydraulic valve. Two automatic lubrication system options, fully integrated into the machine, are now available for all models, to ensure all chassis and boom greasing points are lubricated as required without the need for operator intervention. The first is an electronically-controlled pump for greasing of chassis, axles, boom pivot points and cylinders, while the second is a hydraulically-operated lubrication pump sited on the boom headstock that greases all boom movement points. This second option is controlled by the movement of the tilt ram cylinder. Both options are designed to ensure grease points are always correctly lubricated, while allowing the operator to cut servicing time and keep clean hands. In the cab, driver comfort is enhanced by a new seat option, available on all models, that is heated and pneumatically-cushioned, while operator ergonomics are improved by a tilting and telescopic steering column, fitted as standard on the Farmlift 636 and 742, and optionally available on Farmlift 633, 737 and 935 models.