The days of final tier 4 emissions compliance are at hand, or at least they will be in 2014 and Case IH is gearing up. The company is rolling out its biggest launch in company history starting with the 2013 Farm Progress Show, and the driving force is an innovative new engine package that requires farmers only add diesel and diesel exhaust fluid and drive.
The company rolled out the new equipment that'll be powered by the new final tier 4 engine technology including a new Magnum line, Steiger tractors, a new mid-size sprayer series, one segment of its combine business and more. It was a busy media event this week in Denver.
Case IH, like the competition, has been hard at work since 1996 reducing emissions. In 2011 the company rolled out an interim Tier 4 engine strategy that relied solely on diesel exhaust fluid as an after treatment to meet that standard. Last year it confirmed the final tier 4 standard would be met in a similar fashion - with no added changes to the engine itself. "This is all after treatment," says Kyle Russell, how heads up marketing for North America at Case IH.
Tier 4b final - the Case IH way
The company's approach, which relies solely on selective catalytic reduction to achieve the tougher emission standards, is a bolt on to the company's line of engines from Fiat Power Train. That SCR 'bolt on' includes an exhaust gate and a diesel oxidation catalyst in the exhaust stream. The net result is a bigger tail pipe, an added canister in the engine compartment - that DOC - and a diesel exhaust fluid tank.
"It's a simple design," says Leo Bose, training manager, Case IH. "And the DOC and the exhaust gate have a lifetime service interval." No added maintenance.
The exhaust gate is right after the turbo and closes when back pressure is needed to keep the engine working a little harder. "That engine has to work a little bit to maintain the emission system," Bose explains. "The exhaust gate closes and that pushes the engine a little harder. We give up a little on fuel use there, but make it up later. These engines are efficient."
Overall the company claims the new engines result in a 1 to 2% net reduction in fuel use over the previous model.
To keep it short and sweet, the key when it comes to tractors in the Case IH line is to think bigger.
There's a new 620 horsepower Steiger, besting the last model by 20 rated horsepower, but this engine can reach as high as 682 hp if needed. "We're nearing that 700 hp number," says Mitch Kaiser, marketing manager, Steiger.
There's a new, bigger Stieger 500 Rowtrac, less than a year after the introduction of the row-crop focused line. "Farmers want to have that extra power if they need it," Kaiser explains. "And we offer a wider undercarriage because some users want to run wider belts on the Rowtrac, which we'll offer."
In the Magnum side, there's a new 380-hp model that has a peak hp of 435 if needed. The Magnum line is nine models large now. There are four with the 6.7-liter final tier 4b diesel with model numbers that match rated horsepower - 180, 200, 220 and the new 240.
The next five models in the Magnum line are powered by a new 8.7-liter engine that offers 14% power growth. The models here - again matching their rated hp - 250, 280, 310, 340 and the new 380. In both cases the top of the line 240 and 380 come standard with the new Case IH CVT with four mechanical ranges. The CVT is an easy operator, once you get used to it, and provides users with plenty of flexibility in speed from feet per hour to full road speeds.
Many of the machines in the new line get an enhances operator platform with a backlit console for easier night work. The central control handle allows you to run the machine all with your right hand.
As for the seat, the new seat is both heated and cooled, offering a nicer ride. And adjustability is enhanced too for better support. "Farmers spend a lot of time in the seat and we want them to be as comfortable as possible," Kaiser says. "The seat bottom can be extended for better leg support for taller users, and that seat bottom can also be tilted up or down."
The 140 line of combines - 5140, 6140 and 7140 all get the new tier 4b final engine, which doesn't make a lot of difference to the base combine, says Kelly Kravig, marketing manager, combines and headers. "We show the machine to dealers and ask them to find what's different, they see the new exhaust system and that's it," he notes.
Of course the bigger news is the new Combine Header Center of Excellence that Case IH has opened in Burlington, Iowa, where combine heads are now being built. That includes a new line of flex headers - the 3152 and 3162 - that have a few unique features.
The flex header has a CentraCut knife drive that puts the blade drive in the center of the header to reduce vibration - a common problem to overcome in wider headers. And the unit features built in wheels that can be lowered to put the header in transport. Drop the wheels, attach the included hitch and you're on your way.
There are new corn heads too the 4200 and 4400 - each can be ordered with and without the chopping option. And the new 12-row folding head offers larger combine users easier transport from farm to farm too.
There was plenty of new equipment on hand, we'll feature more in the next few days, keep checking the Iron/Tech link for more.