Farm Progress

Multiple equipment brands unveil their latest tractor models with new features.

Andy Castillo

February 29, 2024

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Farm equipment brands are rolling their latest tractor models onto showroom floors at trade shows across the country — just in time for spring planting. Notable products were launched in February at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky.; the New York Farm Show in Syracuse; the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif.; and Commodity Classic in Houston.

Here are the brands releasing new tractor models:

Mahindra. “We basically went back to the drawing board,” said CEO Anish Shah, at the National Farm Machinery Show, of the brand’s new line of compact and subcompact tractors — models 1100 and 2100. Constructed on two differently sized chassis, the new compacts come in air-conditioned-cab and open-cab configurations, with Mitsubishi engines outputting between 20 and 26 hp. When designing the tractor line, Shah said engineers considered, “How do I feel in the machine?” Interior features include adjustable, stitched seats and intuitive controls.

Many of Mahindra’s customers are first-time tractor owners, Shah said. With that in mind, the machines were built to meet entry-level versatility needs. The dashboard has a quick-assist panel that lets the operator quickly troubleshoot why the machine isn’t starting. Telematics are standard, along with a high-performance hydraulic pump and three-point capacity.

Case IH — Farmall. Mahindra isn’t the only machinery brand that’s focusing research and development on interior upgrades. Case IH’s new narrow cab Farmall CL specialty crop tractor lineup features more ergonomically functional controls. The new line was publicly launched earlier at the New York Farm Show.

“This is an evolution of our compact tractor,” said Matt Booms, a tractor specialist with the brand. “This is the first launch of this tractor and the first public showing.”

Booms described the brand’s new CL line as “comparable but an enhancement” over previous machines. “What’s enhanced is the ability to have electronic controls over the hydraulic valves. Whereas previous models were mechanical,” he said, noting it was designed for high-value crops.

The tractor comes in 80-, 90-, 100- and 120-hp versions, with or without a cab, and has four configurations for the hydraulic remote valves. This “gives the operator a lot of command opportunity” over “different implements,” Booms said, noting it’s a “platform for technology” with modern telematics.

The CL line fills a niche between the company’s narrow (N) and vineyard (V) series machines. It has a wider cab, and is slightly taller and wider than the current lineup.

Case IH — Magnum. Case IH also announced its new MY25 Magnum flagship models at Commodity Classic. The upgrades on MY25 Magnum tractors are designed with productivity in mind. The new line ranges from 265- to 405-hp models, and includes a standard 21-speed PowerDrive transmission for future autonomy with brake-to-clutch functionality.

“We continue to build upon Magnum’s strong roots,” said Morgen Dietrich, tractor segment lead at Case IH in a statement. “Power, technology and quality define the next generation of Magnums, and we purposefully bundled integrated technology within the tractors to eliminate the hassle of purchasing individual tech components.” 

Massey Ferguson. Its new specialty lineup, the MF 3 Specialty Series, is also designed for high-value vineyards and orchards. The series includes seven models ranging from 75 to 115 hp, and focuses on comfort, efficiency and a reduced carbon footprint. The series launched at this year’s World Ag Expo.

The lineup has a 4-foot-wide cab and comes in four-cylinder and 3.6-liter engines, with ergonomic features inside the cab.

“We are excited to share this brand-new offering with vineyard and orchard operations here in California, as well as across North America,” said Kevin Lewallen, tactical marketing manager for Massey Ferguson North America in a statement. “We understand the importance of productivity and economy in these applications, and we’re proud to offer one of the most powerful, versatile and comfortable machines on the market.”

John Deere. Debuting at Commodity Classic is John Deere’s new 2025 lineup of high-horsepower four-track tractors. The new models include three high-horsepower four-track models: the 9RX 710, the 9RX 770 and the 9RX 830, which maxes out at 830 hp.

“These aren’t just incremental improvements,” said Michael Porter, go-to-market manager for the tractor line, in a statement. “These are from-the-ground-up redesign. We have three new models and a host of new features, all newly designed to return real benefits in terms of operating speeds, in-field efficiency and future-proofing the farm.”

The line is built on a digital platform that will let farmers “quickly and easily make the switch to fully autonomous operation when it’s right for their own farm,” the statement said. 

The three 9RX models will be powered by John Deere Power Systems’ JD18 engine, and a new cab design offers more floor space and improved visibility from the right-hand side.

LS Tractor. The company has also been making the rounds at North American agricultural shows with its latest two tractor models, the MT2 and MT2E, which were released in January.

“We’ve totally revamped, refinished our MT2 platform,” said Shannon Moore, a sales rep at the National Farm Machinery Show. The line features higher lift capacity and factory cabs. Other enhancements include increased fuel efficiency and a new instrument panel that can deliver insights into the tractor’s performance and indicate the need for maintenance.

New Holland. Its latest Genesis T8 Series row crop tractors, which will begin shipping in 2025, boast more power than previous models. Across the lineup — the T8.325, T8.355, T8.385, T8.415 and T8.440 — operators can expect to see a 5- to 15-rated hp increase, depending on the specific model number, according to a statement.

“Our customers continue to seek more power and performance from their tractors without having to change the body or framework. In a sense, get stronger without getting bigger,” said Ken Paul, product marketing manager for high-horsepower tractors. “The result is a new lineup of our Genesis T8 Series. These new models are designed to deliver greater engine power and elevate fuel economy without compromising the look and feel customers and operators appreciate from current T8 models.”

The new Genesis T8 Series will be on display at Commodity Classic. Order writing will begin in the second quarter of the year, with delivery starting in the fourth quarter.

The power increase is intended to “help operators better address strenuous tasks and applications like tillage,” a company statement said. “Equipped with new hydraulic remote valves and couplers, the new lineup of T8 Series tractors draws power from beyond fittings to boost reliability and quality, while optimizing hydraulic power workflow.”

Software updates have also been put into the engine to maximize output and increase efficiency.

Kioti. Its latest HX tractor models, the HX9010C and HX1151C, were showcased this year at farm show booths across the country. The HX Series includes features such as an instructor’s seat, an integrated joystick that gives the operator more functionality, and Bluetooth capability. The two machines deliver 90 and 115 hp, respectively, making them the brand’s most powerful tractors to date. Kioti is a division of South Korean-based Daedong Industrial.

TYM. A year into its push into North America, TYM has launched its “latest and greatest” utility-sized tractor model. The machine was designed for uses like hay operations.

“It’s the greatest horsepower tractor we’ve managed to date, the T130,” said Wes Freeman, a sales rep at the National Farm Machinery Show. Maxing at 127 hp, “it’s our first tractor that has telematics.”

The machine was introduced to dealers in September and is shipping to farms throughout the nation.

Deutz Fahr. The company made cosmetic changes to its new models, the 5125 and the 6135.

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About the Author(s)

Andy Castillo

Andy Castillo started his career in journalism about a decade ago as a television news cameraperson and producer before transitioning to a regional newspaper covering western Massachusetts, where he wrote about local farming.

Between military deployments with the Air Force and the news, he earned an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Bay Path University, building on the English degree he earned from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He's a multifaceted journalist with a diverse skill set, having previously worked as an EMT and firefighter, a nightclub photographer, caricaturist, features editor at the Greenfield Recorder and a writer for GoNomad Travel. 

Castillo splits his time between the open road and western Massachusetts with his wife, Brianna, a travel nurse who specializes in pediatric oncology, and their rescue pup, Rio. When not attending farm shows, Castillo enjoys playing music, snowboarding, writing, cooking and restoring their 1920 craftsman bungalow.

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