'Mad Max' orchard tractor released in Australia

Case IH launches 'wild' orchard tractor on Australian market

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WILD MACHINE: The Case IH Farmall C 85.7kW Orchard Cab tractor has been released in Australia and New Zealand..

WILD MACHINE: The Case IH Farmall C 85.7kW Orchard Cab tractor has been released in Australia and New Zealand..

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Case IH has launched a new orchard tractor in Australia with features aimed at appealing to owners of nut plantations.

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The Case IH Orchard Cab tractor, dubbed "Mad Max", is now available in Australia after a series of demonstration days and field days across the country last year.

Its features are aimed at making jobs like mowing, fertilising, harvesting and spraying in and around orchards and nut plantations as easy and efficient as possible.

The Case IH Farmall C 85.7 kilowatt (115 horsepower) Orchard Cab tractor was taken on a road trip from Mildura in Victoria to Bundaberg in Queensland at the end of last year.

The tractor's low-profile cab was designed specifically for the likes of almonds but was also suited to other similar tree crops like macadamias, a Case IH spokesman said.

Its overall height of just 2.13 metres (seven feet) made it possible for the tractor to work in most orchards without damaging tree limbs and fruit.

Case IH dealership, TMI, located at Nambour on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, hosted the orchard cab for a number of weeks, allowing staff to organise demonstration days for local producers.

"We've got a lot of macadamia farms around our region and a couple of these farmers were really keen on what the orchard cab tractor could do and the benefits of having one as part of their operations," one of the owners of TMI, Shane Green, said.

"In our area, there's also a lot of potential for persimmons and limes, too."

Mr Green said the tractor had attracted plenty of admirers at last year's Farm Fantastic field days in Queensland.

He said despite the low-profile, the cab offered plenty of room with an emphasis on operator comfort including ergonomic control layout, large doors, cab pressuriser and climate control system, all aimed at minimising operator fatigue.

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There was also the benefit of a 360-degree view with all the windows recessed into the cab for a smooth exterior surface that will not catch on tree limbs.

ROOM WITH A VIEW: THe Case IH Orchard Cab tractor has a cab designed for operator safety, 360 degree view and commfort.

ROOM WITH A VIEW: THe Case IH Orchard Cab tractor has a cab designed for operator safety, 360 degree view and commfort.

The tractor has an integrated ROPS, heavy-duty all-steel orchard fenders, solar-tinted toughened laminated safety glass, swing-out rear window, Interior dome light aiding evening and early morning work and flotation tyres to minimise surface impact

"Case IH identified a need for this type of product for the orchard and nut industries in

Australia and has worked to source a quality cab design that will complement our Farmall C

range of tractors," Case IH Australia and NZ product manager for Mid Horsepower and Compact Tractors, Seamus McCarthy, said.

"Designed with industry-leading features, this tractor has what it takes to help growers with the variety of jobs they need to do on a day-to-day basis, ensuring the highest level of performance, efficiency and comfort."

The Case IH Farmall C Orchard Cab tractor is available in 78.2kW (105hp) or 85.7kW (115hp) models.

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