Optum CVT tractor is coming to Australia in mid-2017

Grain Central, February 16, 2017

CASE IH today announced the impending release of the Optum CVT tractor to the Australian market at their national dealer conference in Uluru, NT.

The Case IH Optum CVT tractor is set to arrive in Australia in August.

The Case IH Optum CVT tractor is set to arrive in Australia in August.

Vice president of global tractor marketing for Case IH, Christian Huber, was on hand to launch the Optum CVT which is expected to arrive in Australia by August.

The new machine will be a neat fit within the company’s high horsepower tractor offering.

Case IH product manager, Peter Elias, said the Optum CVT was instantly recognisable by its dynamic modern styling that introduced the look of Case IH tractors for the future and created its own category by combining the versatility and manoeuvrability of a Puma with the power of a Magnum.

“An in-depth customer clinic was held, involving owners of a variety of brands in this segment,” Mr Elias said.

“We thoroughly evaluated demands and expectations which then were implemented in the development, design and manufacturing of the new tractor range.

“One key requirement Australian farming and contracting businesses focus on is the manoeuvrability and compact dimensions of highly versatile and powerful tractors – that is what our development engineers kept in mind.

“We are convinced that the Case IH Optum CVT will soon be appreciated as a truly versatile and reliable high performer.”

Manufactured in St Valentin, Austria, the Optum CVT range consists of two models with the 6.7-litre NEF engines from FPT Industrial, with 202kW (270hp) or 225kW (300hp) at a rated speed of 2100rpm and a maximum power of 235kW (313hp) at 1800rpm.

This economical and powerful engine conforms to the latest Tier 4B exhaust emission standards using the patented Hi-eSCR system.

The CVT transmission is carried over from the LWB Puma range – reinforced to handle the extra power of the Optum CVT, with a strengthened casting, new rear axle and double planetary final drives.

It has a useable speed range from 20 kilometres/hour to a top speed of 50km/hr, without needing to change gears. The transmission also has the active stop feature like the rest of the CVT range.

A design change where the engine sump serves as the backbone of the tractor, removing stress from the engine block, means the Optum CVT is capable of a maximum gross vehicle weight of 16,000kg.

“This increased weight helps ensure the additional power gets to the ground, but we’ve achieved this without compromising agility,” Mr Elias said.

Other notable features on the Optum CVT include:

  • New reactive steering – makes for comfortable driving at speed as the steering wheel returns to the straight ahead position
  • ABS/ABS advanced and automatic park lock
  • 4-speed rear PTO, 2-speed front PTO
  • Closed Centre Load Sensing Hydraulic System – 220 litres/min hydraulic flow with separate steering and transmission systems
  • 630 litres diesel tank and 96 litres AdBlue tank
  • Rear linkage with 11,058kg maximum lifting power at ball ends
  • Front linkage with 5,821kg maximum lifting power at ball ends – perfect for triple mowers
  • Headland Management Control (HMC II) and remote file transfer function
  • Longest service intervals in the power sector

The Optum CVT will be available in limited supply during the first year.

Source: Case IH:


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