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Will 2019 Be the Year of Tractor Innovation?
Less than two months into 2019, this year is shaping up to be the year of the tractor. While all five major combine manufacturers announced new or updated harvester updates in 2018, it appears the spotlight has shifted to tractors with the new year.
According to new data from the American Equipment Manufacturers, tractors are getting more farmers’ attention than last year. January 2019 sales of 4WD farm tractors were up 38.2% over the previous year. Sales were up 4.9% for 2WD farm tractors compared with January 2018.
Six companies unveiled new or updated tractors of various sizes at the National Farm Machinery Show and World Ag Expo this week.
There will be two new models of green tractors designed to especially meet the needs of livestock farmers and hay producers in 2020. The new John Deere 6230R and 6250R are designed to accelerate quickly with its Infinitely Variable Transmission, keep the operator more comfortable, and work smarter with the standard factory-installed Generation 4 4200 CommandCenter. These recently announced models deliver 230 and 250 rated engine hp., respectively.
“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,” says Anne Anderson, product marketing manager.
Case IH announced the new AFS Connect Magnum series tractor to kick off National Farm Machiery Show. These model year 2020 machines feature a number of exterior updates, a total cab redesign, and improved precision technology.
The new Genesis T8 with PLM Intelligence from New Holland was also introduced at National Farm Machinery Show. Highlights of this new machine include a revamped cab that includes several customizable controls and more connected precision farming technology.
Deutz Fahr tractors are exclusively distributed by PFG America in the U.S. Together, they unveiled new 6 series tractors powered by FARMotion diesel engines. The two new models set to be available in the U.S. are the 6130 offering 126 hp. and the 6140 offering 136 hp.
In the current ag economy, Kubota knows some famers who ordinarily would be looking for two tractors to do jobs around the farm may only be able to afford one. That one tractor must be able to do it all. Three new models as part of the second generation of M7 tractors are designed to be versatile in order to meet that wide range of needs.
The most significant update with the second-generation tractors is the new 30-speed semi-powershift, an upgrade from the standard 24/24 transmission of the previous model. This new transmission gives the operator more flexibility to use the best gear for each task.
Massey Ferguson announced this week it has added two new models to its GC1700 Series subcompact tractor line. The MFGC1723E has 22.5 hp. while the larger MFGC1725M offers 24 hp. Designed for mowing, snowblowing, loading, and backhoe work, these new tractors can be ordered as tractor only, tractor with loader, or a tractor/loader/backhoe combination.