The most successful cattle operations focus mightily on being low-cost producers.1 These days, pencils are extra sharp, as cattlemen demand more from every acre, input and piece of equipment.
The new lineup of Case IH Maxxum® series tractors is designed and built on the same principles.
“Whether cleaning corrals or pulling a round baler or planter, Maxxum tractors can handle it,” says Cole Carling, marketing manager for Case IH Maxxum, Puma® and Optum™ tractors. “There’s just not a spot in the shed for a tractor that’s suited to only one or two tasks.”
Flexible beyond the feedlot
Since introduction in 1989, the Maxxum series has earned a reputation as the ultimate loader tractor. Several innovations help next-generation Maxxum tractors deliver the versatility today’s cattle operations demand.
“We designed and built these new Maxxum tractors to be an everyday workhorse — the first choice for nearly any task,” Carling says. “And we’ve also incorporated features that ensure operating these tractors doesn’t feel so much like work, especially when it comes to repetitive chores, such as loader work.”
Ease of operation starts with the new ActiveDrive 8 dual-clutch transmission option. Designed to increase productivity, this new transmission features eight powershift speeds in three electronically shifted ranges and opens the door to other optional features that help ease repetition:
- Brake-to-clutch. Ideal where more precise movement is desired, such as when raising the loader as you approach a mixing wagon or manure spreader. Simultaneously press both brake pedals to stop — no clutch required — and release to move forward.
- Advanced loader joystick. Operate loader functions and shift up or down to change speeds without taking your hand off the joystick.
- Memory shuttle. Available with the ActiveDrive 8 transmission, this feature remembers the gear you were in before you changed directions, reducing repetition during the frequent directional changes that often accompany loader work.
Other features, including outstanding visibility and Adaptive Steering Control (variable ratio steering), help shorten long days in the cab, Carling says.
The narrow, sloping hood on Maxxum series tractors delivers clear, unobstructed forward sightlines to the front wheels, loader and other mid- and front-mount attachments.
“The Maxxum SurroundVision cab provides unobstructed views in all directions, including overhead via a high-visibility roof panel,” Carling adds.
At home out in the field, too
Some jobs require specific equipment. In certain situations, a payloader might be an attractive option. But it’s tough to hitch a round baler or planter to the back of a payloader.
Maxxum tractors easily transition between feedyard chores and fieldwork. For example, factory-installed AFS AccuGuide™ with AFS Pro 700 display or AFS ElectriSteer autoguidance options increase productivity, and optional electronic or mechanical rear hydraulic remote valves support various implements and attachments.
“A bar axle is available on all Maxxum series tractors to facilitate different row spacings,” Carling says. “LED lighting packages help expand the workday whether you’re feeding or farming.” Extended routine service intervals, including a 600-hour oil change interval, further ramp up productivity.
Maxxum tractors are efficient, too. Tier 4 B/Final SCR-only Efficient Power technology delivers more power with less fuel. Mechanical efficiencies in the transmission and automated features reduce fluid consumption by up to 5 percent, compared with the previous model.
Configurations suited to your needs
The new Maxxum lineup features five models ranging from 116 to 145 engine horsepower (95 to 125 PTO hp). Cattlemen can choose a heavy-duty 2WD configuration that provides the increased agility necessary to meet the needs of diverse farming operations. Or they can go with the toughest MFD front axle ever offered on Maxxum tractors: a Class 4 Heavy Duty MFD front axle.
1Taylor RE, Field TG. Achieving Cow/Calf Profitability Through Low-Cost Production. University of Nebraska Digital Commons website. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1198&context=rangebeefcowsymp. Published December 1995. Accessed September 29, 2017.