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Versatile announces two new tractors: the Versatile 250 and 280, both powered by a Cummins QSC 8.3L engine. The 280 has 225 PTO hp, and the 250 has 200 PTO hp.

The high-pressure common-rail injection engine features more displacement and modern technology than the previous offering, and has smooth power delivery, faster engine response and less vibration.

Upshift and downshift of the 18-speed transmission is easy with a bump-shift lever. The models are also available with an Ultrasteer front axle for a sharper turning radius and left-hand shuttle shift.

The 280 and 250 also come with dual access doors, air-ride seat and tilt and telescoping steering. New warranty coverage includes a two-year, 2,000-hour warranty and a new three-year, 3,000-hour powertrain warranty.

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Available for the 2009 harvest season will be the Vermeer CCX770 cob harvester. The wagon-style implement is designed to tow immediately behind select corn harvesting combines to collect and unload cobs.

The CCX770 is easy to attach to the combine, is self-contained and is cost-effective, says Vermeer.

Test harvesting was conducted throughout 2008 and a product launch is planned for the 2009 harvest season.

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New Holland has made improvements to the CR9000 series combines. Included is approval for B100 use on all models.

Engine power will increase on the CR9070 and CR9060 to a maximum level of 463 hp and 415 hp, respectively. Other features include a sensor to detect fuel filter blockage and a battery disconnect switch.

Also standard is an upgraded unload tube boot redesigned to reduce the discharge auger height and improve the discharge pattern. The tube is now available in 18-, 21- and 24-ft. lengths.

Optional features include HID lights as a factory-installed option and a deluxe leather seat.

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