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Case IH Introduces True-Tandem 345

06/11/2014 @ 10:41am

Building on a field-proven Case IH tillage platform, new True-Tandem 345 seed bed disk harrows deliver key advances to improve field finish, durability, and machine productivity.

“The True-Tandem 345 makes short work of Bt corn and other residue and leaves a level soil finish out the back in spring or fall,” says Tim Nix, Case IH.

An optional rolling reel basket is now available with active hydraulic down pressure to size any remaining clods and further condition the soil. The True-Tandem 345 basket uses the same double-edge bent bar found on the Ecolo-Tiger 875. The active hydraulic down-pressure system on the basket maintains constant down pressure and gives you total control from the cab. “In muddy or rocky conditions when you don’t need the basket, or in changing field conditions, you can easily make adjustments on the go,” explains Nix.

You can also choose from the following soil conditioning options:

  • A three-bar coil tine harrow with adjustable tine angle and down pressure
  • A rear hitch for pulling a Case IH Crumbler seed bed conditioner

Rugged design
Rugged Earth Metal blades on the 345 effectively size and mix residue from the hardiest hybrids, unlock the nutrients for the next crop, and leave the soil smooth and ready for planting.

“The 22-inch Earth Metal blades have flat, crimped centers for added strength and long life, and a tighter fit with the spools,” adds Nix. “They’re 30% stronger and last up to 20% longer than conventional blades.” Various blade thickness and edge options are available.

An improved scraper design on the 345 increases durability and minimizes plugging. “Our fixed-mount scrapers keep mud and trash from building up on blades,” says Nix. “And heavy cast-iron spools between the blades add weight to the gangs where it’s needed, not the frame.”

Productivity-improving features
Case IH increased the use of greaseless bearings on hinges, rockshafts, and baskets, which will significantly decrease routine maintenance.

Nix says farmers also will appreciate the walking tandem design of the True-Tandem mainframe and wing wheels. “They move independently and stay on the ground better, while providing a smoother ride at faster speeds,” he continues. “So the disks are staying at the proper level and not bouncing in and out of the soil.”

New stubble-resistant tires help prevent flats. These optional tires also are larger – 340/55-16 on smaller sizes and 380/60-R16.5 on larger machines – to provide greater flotation and reduced compaction.

The 345 replaces the Case IH True-Tandem 340 disk harrow single-fold models and will be available in working widths from 22 to 34 feet, in 3-foot increments. Retail prices range from $40,400 to $67,000 depending on size.

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