Case IH takes its latest products on tour

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Farmers checking out the Case IH Farmall 115U at last year’s Case IH Red Excellence Tour at Kadina, South Australia. Farmers checking out the Case IH Farmall 115U at last year’s Case IH Red Excellence Tour at Kadina, South Australia. Farmers checking out the Case IH Farmall 115U at last year’s Case IH Red Excellence Tour at Kadina, South Australia.

The Case IH Red Excellence Tour is visiting Horsham and Toowoomba next month, which will give people the opportunity to test drive the company’s latest farm machinery.


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Last year’s regional roadshow saw a convoy of Case IH tractors and other gear transported around the country on the back of three Iveco trucks.

The tour presented the new Case IH product models for 2015, with over 250 customers attending events held in Perth, Kadina, Mildura, Dubbo and Rockhampton.

Neville Kies is one of those who bought a Case IH Farmall 105U after attending last year’s event in Kadina, South Australia.

Kies is a mixed farmer from South Australia’s Barossa Valley, who was in the market for a new utility tractor for his vineyard. The Keis family has been farming in the Barossa Valley of South Australia since 1857.

The family now produces grapes for the shiraz, mataro, semillon and chardonnay wine markets across two farms, along with a broadacre crop rotation of cereals and pulses, and a small herd of Murray Grey beef cattle.

"We’ve always been Case IH orientated, we started using international harvester machinery over sixty years ago and followed the transition into Case IH when the two brands united in 1985," Kies says.

"That’s not to say we don’t look at other brands, but we’re consistently happy with the Case IH products we’ve got, and the service and support we receive from our local dealer at Lyndoch Motors.

"We had a Case IH 4230 which we purchased in 1994, and after some 20 years of use, we were ready to upgrade," he adds.

"We went to the tour with a specific purpose. It was great to have a look at the other products, but the real benefit was being able to talk to the Case IH product managers."

The opportunity to test drive the Farmall 105U was also important to Kies, who wanted to get a feel for how the machine would perform in field under a variety of speed ranges.

"I was particularly interested in the powershift transmission, so we were able to set the tractor up both with and without the Eco PTO, to see how it performs under particular speed ranges," he says.

"I had an idea of the speeds that we want to work with – when spraying, for instance, we work between 6.8 to 8km/h – so it was enormously beneficial to be able to get a feel for this before making the purchase.

"Even with higher horsepower than our previous tractor, the Farmall 105U is very quiet in the cab – it’s a pleasure to operate and I’ve found it has really reduced my fatigue.

"As a utility tractor, it’s small enough to work in the vineyards, but has the horsepower to back up our Maxxum 125 tractor and the weight to pull loads comfortably."


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