Tractors have been getting bigger as farmers try to become more efficient to save labor and fuel. But way bigger is not always better, according to the designers at New Holland.
For 2016, New Holland is introducing the T7 Heavy Duty tractor with two models – the T7.290 and the T7.315. The numbering system reflects the engine horsepower, which is ample, but both have a shorter frame.
The shorter frame size – the new models are within one-half inch of the original New Holland Genesis tractor launched more than 20 years ago – means growers can have a higher horsepower machine for heavy duty chores that can also be used in row crops.
Thus, the T7 HD machines can be used for row-crop applications, dairy, livestock, transport and even broad-acre uses that require a full range of power.
At the same time, the machine features the same roomy cab - that can be suspended - as found on the T6 rolled out earlier this year. The cab features the Sidewinder II console that offers easy access to controls, with operator adjustability, and the IntelliView IV large color touchscreen display.
The tractor can also be outfitted with a new Class 4 suspended front axle with mechanical-front-drive capabilities. And New Holland is claiming to be the only manufacturer to offer front duals from the factor - as an option.
Both T7 HD models are equipped with the AutoCommand Continously Variable Transmission. This is a popular transmission offering a wide range of operating speeds. In addition, the machine will feature the IntellieCruise ISOBUS Class 3 tractor/baler automation system (see more on that later) that provides optimum baler operation.
New Holland is also launching ISOBUS Class 3, which takes tractor/implement interconnectedness to a new level. With ISOBUS Class 2 it's possible for a tractor to interact with an attached implement. Moving to Class 3 allows the implement to essentially talk back. Demonstrated in a field near Hershey, Penn., a standard T7 tractor, mated to a BigBaler 340 Cropcutter model, showed how the system worked.
Essentially with ISOBUS Class 3 the implement can control the tractor - though you set parameters. For example if you're in a variable field of hay to bale, you can set your tractor's top speed with the transmission and the baler will then vary the speed based on its ability to consume and process the crop.
If you hit a big slug of material, the baler backs the tractor off. That means even the most inexperienced baler operator can be more efficient because the baler works to its optimum level.
That's a sampling of new products coming from the company. The firm is also launching new tractors in the Workmaster and Boomer lines with new engines to meet Final Tier 4 emissions standards.
A new T4 tractor lineup offers optimum performance for operating hay tools and loader work. The T4 lineup includes machines from 73 to 99 hp. And they are available in four classes - Utility, Standard, Custom and Premium.
The TS6 series offers both an open-station and cab option. This lineup has models ranging from 90 to 115 PTO hp and will work in a range of farm operations. They feature new Final Tier 4 Eco-Blu Hi-eSCR that require only diesel exhaust fluid to meet emission standards, and have no diesel particulate filter.
And the company is rolling out a new series of FR Forage Cruiser self-propelled forage harvesters. There are five models ranging from 480 to 850 horsepower. New engines on the F480, F550, F650 and F780 are offering fuel savings of more than 12% under most conditions. And these machines have gotten a significant cab upgrade.