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Case IH runs with a Puma

Designed for the grower who needs a multi- purpose machine that is easy to use, with plen- ty of power, and solid reliability, the Case IH Puma tractor handles a wide variety of tasks in many different types of farm enterprises—from row-crops to hay and forage to vegetables.

The Puma name has a heritage that dates back 20 years, when Steiger introduced the high-power Puma 1000 row-crop tractor. Steiger Tractor became part of Case IH in 1986.

The Tier 3-certified Case IH 6.75-L engine is a six-cylinder, four-valve electronic powerplant that the company says was engineered for high performance and fuel efficiency. An en- gine commonly used in other Case IH ma- chines, it is rated at up to 180-hp (134-kW), with an additional 25- to 35-hp (19- to 26-kW) Power Boost available for PTO and transport.

Case IH says Power Boost allows the opera-

New Case IH Puma tractors are powered by a 6.75-L engine and designed for the grower who wants a multipurpose machine that is easy to use, with plenty of powe , and solid reliability.

tor to move through tough crop conditions or steep grades without losing speed or productivity. For example, Power Boost will give the Case IH Puma operating a disc mow- er conditioner extra power to keep the mower conditioner run- ning at full speed while also easily moving up a steep incline.

The engine in Puma tractors has an “industry-leading” 600- h service interval to save maintenance time and investment. It

maintenance tasks more efficient and productive.

With a hitch-lift capacity of up to 15,873 lb (7200 kg), a fender-mounted raise/lower switch, and a hitch dampening system, Case IH says its Puma tractors are designed to handle the heavy three-point loads generated by larger implements and allow precise adjustments in the field.

also provides the basis for an “outstanding weight-to-horse- power ratio, for the fuel efficiency needed in today’s farm economy,” says the company. There are four models available, which include the Puma 165 at 135-hp (100-kW) PTO, Puma 180 at 150-hp (112-kW) PTO, Puma 195 at 165-hp (123-kW) PTO, and the Puma 210 at 180-hp (134-kW) PTO.

Jean L. Broge

Another key feature of the new Puma tractor models is the 18F/6R Full Powershift transmission. A standard Auto-Shift set- ting for field and transport provides automatic shifting based on the load, for increased productivity and fuel savings.

In addition, a Constant Engine RPM setting shifts to hold the engine speed within a desired range. It holds the speed in a chosen range, helping the operator reduce fuel usage while maximizing productivity. A new optional 19th EconoGear econ


omy transport gear reduces engine speed in 19th gear for ad- ditional improved fuel economy at top road speeds.

The Puma cab puts armrest-mounted gear, throttle, and hitch controls within easy reach, along with a new optional electrohydraulic joystick. A central digital instrument center located at the front cab corner post provides critical informa- tion at a glance. A programmable, electronic end-of-row func- tion automates headland routines and allows the operator to focus on the tractor’s outstanding tight turning capability.

Visibility in all directions is enhanced with up to 63 ft2 (6 m2) of cab glass. The cabs also feature an automatic climate-con- trol system, a suspended cab option, and the new Positive Response heated seat option. Positive Response seats adapt continuously and automatically to each individual driver and terrain, using a sensor and controller system mounted inside the seat suspension that sends electronic signals to the shock absorber. The shock absorber changes from soft to firm up to 500 times per second.

A large, front toolbox; flip-up hood; central service points; and a swing-out radiator-oil cooler were designed to make


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