VISITORS TO this year’s AgQuip Field Days from August 20 to 22 at Gunnedah enjoyed a sneak peek at the next generation in Case IH’s high-horsepower tractor technology.
The new AFS Connect Magnum, powered by the company’s Advanced Farming Systems precision technology, was launched in North America earlier this year, with the tractor due in Australia in late 2020.
However, Case IH provided AgQuip visitors with a special preview of the machine, showcasing a range of operational and styling changes that build on the Magnum’s already solid reputation for endurance, power and performance.
Described as a “true integration of tractor and technology”, the AFS Connect Magnum features a new display, operating system and receiver, and redesigned cab.
“This new Magnum features levels of connectivity producers haven’t had before, providing new opportunities when it comes to running their business,” Case IH Australia/New Zealand high horsepower product manager Alyx Selsmeyer said.
“This connectivity also means additional support features to minimise down-time and the ability to make decisions on the tractor’s operation from the location of your choosing.
“The operator experience hasn’t been overlooked though, with a new cab design providing greater comfort, more storage and enhanced ease of operation.
“Whatever the weather and however long you’re in the tractor, everything possible has been done to keep you comfortable and working at your optimum level.”
The AFS Connect portal is the door to the AFS Connect Magnum series tractor, allowing operators to view field operations, fleet information and agronomic data from a desktop or tablet anywhere, while also giving the option of sharing data with trusted advisers and suppliers.
Remote features also set this next-generation tractor apart, with remote display viewing allowing a farm manager or dealer to see what an operator is seeing on the AFS Pro display in the cab, while the remote service tool allows dealers to remotely identify maintenance and service needs.
The Case IH team has spent the past few months putting the new Magnum through its paces on Australian farms in preparation for its official launch next year, conducting field tests in a variety of conditions and across different farming practices.
“It’s been great to see what it’s capable of in our diverse and demanding conditions, and we’re confident producers will like what they see when it becomes available in 2020,” Ms Selsmeyer said.
“The ‘next level’ connectivity of this tractor is obviously impressive, but performance in the paddock is what has always stood the Magnum apart and that remains as evident now as it always has been.”