With the introduction of 26 new compact and utility tractors and 11 hay and forage tools over the last three years, Case IH has demonstrated its focus on meeting livestock and hay producers’ unique equipment needs. To complete the updated lineup, Case IH is introducing the first windrower with factory-installed autoguidance, redesigned draper headers, disc mower conditioners designed to speed up dry down, and a durable round baler designed to minimize losses.
“Case IH has launched new models and significant redesigns across our entire lineup of hay and forage tools and compact and utility tractors, all based on customer feedback,” says Zach Hetterick, Case IH Livestock Equipment Marketing Manager. “Livestock producers will also appreciate the new investments Case IH has made in personnel, with nine new livestock specialists working with dealers and producers in the field.”
Here are the newest Case IH products, which complete the Case IH hay/forage and livestock lineup:
WD3 II Series Windrowers Offer Industry-First Factory Installed Autoguidance
Redesigned Case IH WD3 series windrowers are the first in the industry to offer a factory-installed autoguidance system managed through the Case IH AFS Pro 700 control center to increase productivity and reduce operator fatigue.
“Windrowers are one the hardest pieces of equipment to drive,” says Hetterick. “However, Case IH has made it much easier with AFS autoguidance and a new hydraulic steering system with fewer linkages and pivot joints. Operators will appreciate the improved drivability in the field, as well as the great steering responsiveness on the road, which creates the ability to operate at higher road speeds.”
Case IH engineers conducted dynamic stability testing on a road slalom course. As a result, they adjusted the machine’s weight balance and developed caster wheels, set at a 9-degree angle. In addition, a dampening feature prevents oversteering, especially at high speeds.
WD3 series windrowers can now top out at 24 mph road speed – the fastest in the industry – so operators can get to one more field before calling it a day.
Reliable DH3 Series Draper Headers Cover More Acres Faster
Case IH DH3 series draper headers for windrowers help producers cover more acres faster and more efficiently with an all-new 40-foot header. A shallow, angled top section offers higher throughput capacity, crop feeding and crop flow.
Crop quality is also protected through the draper heads’ agronomic design. A two-circuit hydraulic system offers more consistent flow and power across the header, so producers get more even crop feed, resulting in more consistent, well-formed windrows.
Improved crop feeding is also assisted by an all-new, heavy-duty frame design with larger reel arms and increased strength. The rugged Case IH cutterbar offers additional protection, even in harsh conditions.
DC3 Series Disc Mower Conditioners Simplify the Path to High-Quality Hay
New Case IH DC3 series disc mower conditioners are designed to improve dry down for better hay quality and higher profits. A new cutterbar design with wide discs cuts closer and cleaner, getting more hay in windrows and leaving less hay in the field. Larger-diameter discs improve crop flow and windrow consistency.
Designed for easy, uninterrupted use, the DC3 series disc mower conditioners have lightweight, impact-resistant plastic access doors, simplifying adjustments.
“Adjustments can be done in the field on the new disc mower conditioners,” says Hetterick. “Producers don’t even require tools to make alterations to the conditioners, swath doors and swath board.”
New shielding minimizes the opportunity for material to build up as you create windrows. A simplified drive system helps to minimize horsepower consumption and maintenance needs.
RB565 Round Baler: Get More Hay in Customizable Bales
The new RB565 provides 20 percent more capacity than previous models. The new overshot feeder between the pick-up and bale chamber creates a quick and even feed of material into the bale chamber. The new roller windguard and five bar pick-up comb the crop off the ground for fast and even feeding.
The new RB565 is built to last. It features a total redesigned pick-up that has been strengthened from the inside out. Some of the new enhancements include double spider gears, solid line bars, and rubber mounted teeth that provide five times the wear life of the previous generation teeth. Belt tracking and durability has never been better using all-new premium belts available in a laced or endless design.
The baler has also been made easier to operate with the Case IH ISOBUScompliant control system. You can now run the baler thorough the AFS Pro 700 display in your tractor, giving you a simple layout with the large touch screen monitor.
In the past 12 months, Case IH has added several other new products to the Case IH livestock/hay/forage product lines to better meet livestock producers’ unique needs, including Farmall® C, U and B CVT tractors, and the LB4 large square baler.