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South Australian farmer Jack Gaertner is getting good use out of his 2007 Case IH Puma tractor. South Australian farmer Jack Gaertner is getting good use out of his 2007 Case IH Puma tractor. South Australian farmer Jack Gaertner is getting good use out of his 2007 Case IH Puma tractor.

South Australian farmer Jack Gaertner bought one of the first Case IH Puma 210s sold in Australia back in 2007.


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More than eight years on, it still plays an important role on his property about 75km north of Adelaide, where he grows peas, canola, barley and wheat.

"We mainly use it for spraying, we do a bit of loader and spreading work with it too," Gaertner says.

Far from a small tractor, Puma 210s have 210cc, 6.7-litre turbo diesel engines and one of their standout features is the high power-to-weight ratio, which makes them more fuel efficient.

When Gaertner bought the Puma 210, he was looking for a more powerful tractor to support his older Case IH Magnum.

"The new Puma has the horsepower we need, plus the 50k road gear, which makes it easy moving from property to property, and we still use the Magnum as a run-around tractor," he says.

The low fuel consumption allows him to spend more on seed and general improvements to the property, according to Gaertner.

"It saves time on the road, because it’s got the higher gears, and can travel faster.

"That makes a difference when we're driving through towns – the quicker you can get from paddock to fuel point the better.

"And the ride in the cabin is a lot smoother, that’s one other thing I liked about it – some of the roads are fairly rough, but the Puma makes it a lot more comfortable."

Puma’s supply their maximum torque at engine speeds as low as 1400 rpm in draft applications and 1600 rpm in transport applications when power management is active. The engines are designed to generate maximum power at 1800 to 2000 rpm.

But the most important factor in any piece of gear, according to Gaertner, is reliability.

"It’s nice to be able to just hop in, start it up and know it’s going to go," he says.

"It doesn’t tend to have a lot of issues, we haven't really had any dramas… it just keeps going.

"Dad drives it too, during seeding time when I’m on the Steiger."

Jack also appreciates the self-steering., which he says takes a lot of the stress out of running the boom.

"Once the EZ-Steer is set all you have to do is turn at the end, so it does make life a little bit easier," Gaertner says.

Puma tractors have 410-litre fuel tanks, a front hitch lift capacity of 3,900 kg, and an extremely tight turning radius due to the compact engine dimension.

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