Case IH offers new trans option for Maxxum

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The much-anticipated Case IH Maxxum with the dual-clutch ActiveDrive8 transmission has arrived in Australia and New Zealand

The ActiveDrive8-equipped Maxxum is the company’s new three-range, eight-speed powershift transmission featuring double-clutch technology
The ActiveDrive8-equipped Maxxum is the company’s new three-range, eight-speed powershift transmission featuring double-clutch technology

The ActiveDrive8-equipped Maxxum is the company’s new three-range, eight-speed powershift transmission featuring double-clutch technology.

The Case IH Maxxum series is the first Case IH tractor to offer the ActiveDrive 8 technology and was the model that won the prestigious Tractor of the Year award at EIMA conference 2018.

Case IH ANZ product manager for mid horsepower and compact tractors Seamus McCarthy says there are significant benefits with the Maxxum Multicontroller with ActiveDrive 8 transmission.

"At its heart, we’re talking about enhanced efficiency and ease of use – this makes the tractor so easy to drive and operate at its optimum level," McCarthy says.

"With ActiveDrive 8, the transmission automatically selects the right gear, not just the next gear, when the operator requests more or less ground speed.

"This is a new technology that offers customers a step up from the powershift option, and at the same time gives them a taste of our state-of-the-art CVT transmission option," he adds.

Mechanically speaking, the transmission has three ranges and a total of 24 speeds in both forwards and reverse. Case IH says the double-clutch technology results in less torque interruption, while pedal clutching is not necessary for range changes, making it more suited for power-hungry tasks where momentum is important.

McCarthy says the Maxxum Multicontroller offers the usability, efficiency and direct-drive feel seen in powershift transmissions and now enhanced with features like Brake to Clutch, APM, auto road/field modes and smooth shift.

"With these features - and more - this mid-sized tractor makes a perfect fit for livestock producers that expect a little more out of their tractor, row-crop farmers and mixed farming enterprises looking for something that can be utilised for a wide range of their on-farm machinery needs," he adds.

Another of these optional features is an auto-clutch, allowing the operator to stop at the press of the brake pedal, and then resume the previous speed once the brake is released.

The first of the new Maxxum models with the ActiveDrive 8 transmission is available to order now.

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