Case IH Steiger Rowtrac lands in Australia

By: Carene Chong

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Case IH’s highest horsepower, four tracked row-crop tractor range – the Steiger Rowtrac made its Australian debut in Moree, northern New South Wales recently.

Case IH Steiger Rowtrac lands in Australia
Case IH's Steiger Rowtrac features all of the Steiger Quadtarc's technology with a number of added features.

Built on the earlier Quadtrac technology, Case IH has redesigned the Rowtrac series to include narrower track width with adjustable row spacing and the capacity to pull larger implements compared to the Steiger Quadtrac range.

In addition to that, the Rowtrac features all other elements of Quadtrac’s technology for all primary and secondary tillage and field applications including planting, side-dressing, fertilising and specialty applications.

The Rowtrac series includes three models – The Rowtrac 350, Rowtrac 400 and Rowtrac 450.

Case IH’s Business Manager Pete McCann says the Rowtrac series answers to customer’s requests for a Quatrac with more flexibility for more jobs while maintaining power, performance and innovation.

"The Case IH four track, positive drive system is the only factory-integrated drive system of its kind in the world," he says.

"It puts more power to the ground, improves traction and simplifies transport, allowing users to cover more ground in less time, even when field conditions are less than optimum."

The Rowtrac features equal sized, independent, oscillating drives on all four corners, allowing farmers to get into the paddock sooner especially in adverse field conditions.

The wheelbase has been extended from 3.9 to just over four metres, so each track has more ground contact resulting in better transfer of power to the ground.

"Better traction helps reduce compaction by minimising slippage on the soil surface," McCann adds.

"Compared to two-track systems, operators will see no ridging or berming in turns."

With less compaction comes better soil environment and in turn increased production and yield, McCann says.

The Steiger Rowtrac line-up comes with a choice of two metre, 2.2m and three metre centre-to-centre axle width options, and a choice of 16", 18" and 24"track widths to suit many types of operations.

The undercarriage also features a new advanced suspension system. Rubber "donuts" act like shock absorbers and keep the suspension form shifting from side to side, which helps the tractor remain accurate on the row.

"Thanks to a best-in-class engine, every Steiger Rowtrac delivers power and responsiveness, even in the most demanding applications," McCann says.

"Plus oil-change intervals have been lengthened to 600 hours, giving operators powerful, smart, simple technology to get more done with fewer inputs."

Like other Steiger models, the Rowtrac machines have Power Boost to provide extra power when needed with hydraulics,PTO, during transport and in other challenging conditions.

The Rowtrac also features factory-installed Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) AccuGuide auto-guidance which provides fully automated guidance in both forward and reverse.

Case IH adds the new series also boasts the largest, most comfortable cab in the industry on a row-crop chassis with full suspension and industry-leading 40-degree right hand seat for minimal neck strain and fatigue.

Ease of maintenance was also part of the Rowtrac design, with all engine, transmission and hydraulic/axle fluids serviced from ground level.

"Case IH customers can now choose four tracks or wheels on all Steiger models, from 350 to 600 horsepower," McCann adds.

"It’s all in an effort to help our customers embrace the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities in agriculture – today and in the future."

According to Case IH, more Rowtracs will be available in other parts of the country before the end of the year and dealers are now taking orders for the 2014 season.

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