New Holland T8 SmartTrax

08/25/2014 @ 4:13pm

For the first-time, you can have a factory-installed tractor with tires in the front and rear tracks. The goal of New Holland’s SmartTrax system is to give you the versatility of a wheeled tractor with the high traction and flotation of rubber tracks.

Built off the established T8 series, SmartTrax tractors have high torque axles that match large-diameter front wheels with the rear tracks. This allows full power to be delivered between the front wheels and rear tracks for optimum performance.

“The rubber tracks are matched to large diameter front wheels to deliver excellent maneuverability and to overcome some of the issues that may arise with conventional twin tracked vehicles,” says Dan Valen, New Holland. “A key feature of SmartTrax is the ability to turn tightly and cleanly at the headland.”

Benefits of using wheels and tracks
SmartTrax is offered on the top three models in the T8 series – the T8.380, T8.410, and T8.435. Producers can choose from 16-, 18-, or 24-inch tracks. The contact patch of the 24-inch tracks is up to 65% greater than a 710/75R42 single rear tire set while the 18-inch system is 35% larger than a set of 480/95R50 rear duals. The reduced ground pressure allows earlier access to drying land and can allow you to work later in the season while reducing the risk of damage to soil structure.

The rear tracks are designed to follow the path of the front tires without forming a berm ridge to minimize topsoil disturbance. The combination of a wheeled front axle and rear tracks enables the SmartTrax tractor to operate at full power in turns around wet field areas or on the headlands. This full power capability is a key advantage over twin tracks, which lose power at this critical time when full power can get you through tough working conditions. The front axle is designed to transfer full power to large diameter wheels while still allowing a 55° turn angle.

You can tailor the working width of the tractor to your needs with track spacing choices between 76 and 152 inches.

The new SmartTrax system increased the overall height of the tractor, so New Holland redesigned the access steps to ensure getting in and out of the cab is still safe and easy. To accommodate the new steps, the fuel tank is re-profiled but fuel capacity is the same at 178 gallons.

The Auto Command continuously variable transmission is standard on the T8.435 and an option on the T8.380 and T8.410, both with powershift Power Command standard.

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