The Year of the Tractor
Following the year of the combine in 2018, more than a dozen new tractors were unveiled in 2019.
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The year started off with a several major introductions at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. Case IH made headlines with its new Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) Connect Magnum tractor series. Eleven models range in horsepower from 180 to 380 hp. This machine’s improved technology package includes a new display, operating system, and receiver. The cab has also been completely redesigned.
New Holland also introduced a new series of tractors at National Farm Machinery Show. The Genesis T8 series tractor with Precision Land Management (PLM) Intelligence features a revamped cab, improved precision technology, and customizable controls. This series of tractors is offered in eight models ranging from 320 to 435 hp.
At the National Farm Machinery Show, Kubota showcased three new models as part of the second generation of M7 tractors. These machines are designed to be versatile and feature a new transmission to give operators more flexibility.
In March, the company announced a customized OEM agreement with Buhler Industries, and it plans to begin offering larger tractors.
In August, Kubota announced its new M8 tractor topping out at 210 hp. The M8 will begin rolling off the assembly line in Winnipeg, Canada, sometime in early 2020, and could be on dealer lots by spring.
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This year was a big year for John Deere tractor innovation. Several families of tractors were updated throughout 2019.
The company introduced two new models designed with livestock farmers in mind, the 6230R and 6250R at National Farm Machinery Show. Anne Anderson, Deere product marketing manager says, “Livestock, dairy, and hay producers will appreciate the power of these tractors, especially when they need to haul heavy loads or want to reach optimal transport speed more quickly. The performance and versatility of these tractors makes them a solid choice for loader and PTO work such as baling.”
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The 6M line of John Deere tractors was updated for model year 2020 in September. This family of tractors includes eight cab models that range from 110 to 195 hp. These tractors were designed for diversified farmers and ranchers looking for a versatile machine. “Because of their compact size, wide horsepower range, and versatility, the 6M tractors have been a popular power choice for a variety of dairy, livestock, hay, and diversified ag customers, as well as roadside mowing and property maintenance, and other off-farm tasks such as snow removal,” says Lyle McMillan.
- READ MORE: John Deere Redesigns 6M Tractors for 2020
Later in 2019, Deere announced updates to the 7R tractor family for the 2020 model year. This series of tractors now includes seven models ranging from 210 to 330 in horsepower. Engineers designed these machines for diversified crop farmers, livestock producers, and commercial hay growers.
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The new John Deere 8RX captured farmers’ attention with its four-track, fixed-frame design in October. The unique configuration is designed to turn like a wheeled machine, while having the pulling performance of tracks, thanks to more surface area and less ground pressure.
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Two new models of Deutz Fahr tractors available in the U.S. were announced at the National Farm Machinery Show. The 6130 with 126 hp. and the 6140 with 136 hp. are powered by FARMotion diesel engines.
Bobcat is reentering the compact tractor business with 15 new models ranging from 21 to 58 horsepower. All models will feature four-wheel drive. The company expects new tractors will be embraced by acreage owners, small farmers, and producers with livestock pens to clean.
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Massey Ferguson grew its GC1700 Series subcompact tractor line by two new models early in 2019. The MFGC1723E has 22.5 hp. while the larger MFGC1725M offers 24 hp. These tractors were designed for mowing, snowblowing, loading, and backhoe work.
Fendt 900 tractors have been redesigned for 2019. The five new models range in power from 296 to 415. hp. and are suited for crop farmers, large cattle operations, and custom farming businesses. Andrew Sunderman says, “The 900 Series tractors are designed to fit any operation as the primary high-horsepower tractor.”
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Along with several other pieces of machinery, CLAAS announced the introduction of the Axion 800 series of tractors in the summer of 2019. The series features seven models ranging in size from 200 to 280 hp.