The latest addition to the Case IH tractor range, the Farmall U Pro, made its UK debut at the 2013 LAMMA Show. Targeting livestock operations, mixed farms and smaller contractors, the U Pro range includes three, four-wheel-drive models from 99hp to 115hp, all of which provide outstanding versatility, performance, economy and comfort.
Designed, developed and manufactured at the company’s St. Valentin factory in Austria, alongside Case IH’s larger Maxxum and Puma models, the U Pro is the successor to Case IH’s highly-respected CS Pro. The 95U Pro, 105U Pro and 115U Pro all feature four-cylinder, 3.4-litre FPT common-rail, Efficient Power diesel engines which are electronically governed to deliver more power and torque whilst using less fuel. Developing 99hp, 107hp and 114hp respectively at a rated speed of 2200erpm, these turbocharged/intercooled Stage IIIB (Tier 4a)-compliant power units also deliver Constant Power from 2200erpm down to 1900erpm, with 407Nm, 444Nm and 461Nm of torque at just 1500 erpm.
The power curve of these powerful, fuel-efficient engines is perfectly matched to the four-speed PTO, which offers both ‘Power’ and ‘Economy’ settings. In the former, PTO speeds of 540rpm and 1000rpm are developed at 1805erpm and 1880erpm respectively for applications which require maximum power delivery, such as power harrowing. ‘ECO’ mode reduces engine speeds to 1542erpm and 1606erpm respectively, providing significant fuel savings for light duties such as spraying and fertiliser spreading.
A key feature is the totally new four-step, 32 x 32 Eco Powershift transmission which incorporates a true Powershuttle facility and was exclusively developed, designed and produced by ZF for Case IH. Featuring direct line power transfer to optimise efficiency and performance, it provides 32 forward and 32 reverse ratios, including an Eco facility which enables the tractor to travel at 40kph with the engine turning at just 1730erpm for maximum fuel economy. The Powershuttle, which is controlled by a steering column-mounted lever, enables safe and predictable manoeuvring during loader work or tight headland turns.
In keeping with their premium specification, U Pro models provides sophisticated hydraulics which incorporate a Bosch Electronic Hitch Control (EHC) system, two large-diameter (80mm) external lift rams, Cat 2 link ends, a maximum lift capacity of 5600kg and a hydraulic push-back hitch. As an option to the standard 60 l/min open centre gear pump, buyers can specify a high-capacity 100l/min version with a pressure and flow compensation (PFC) circuit which improves hydraulic response, gives faster loader cycle times and greater oil flow to power hydraulic motors. Up to three rear remote and two mid-mounted valves can be specified, while a separate 33-litre oil reservoir is available to enhance external services, enabling even the largest trailers to be tipped with ease.
All U Pro models are available with a chassis-mounted, fully-integrated front linkage capable of lifting 2250kg, together with a 1000rpm front PTO to maximise versatility and operating efficiency. They can be ordered loader-ready from the factory, complete with a loader sub-frame with rear axle reinforcement, electrical connector, electrical and mechanical mid-mount valves and quick coupler. Case IH LRZ loaders, offering lift capacities up to 2540kg and a maximum lift height of 4.07m, are available.
A key feature of the new model is the premium-specification cab, which provides a superb environment for the operator and best-in-class visibility, with unobstructed views in every direction. Featuring a distinctive black interior finish in place of Case IH’s usual ‘wheat’ coloured trim, the cab is exceptionally quiet, offering ‘best-in-class’ sound levels of just 72db(A).
Incorporating full air conditioning, with cool air being directed to the operator’s face / upper body and warm air to the feet for optimum comfort, the cab includes a comfortable driver’s seat, with the option of a full passenger seat. The ergonomically situated controls, which will be familiar to existing CS Pro users, include a newly-designed Multicontroller, which is used to operate the transmission, hydraulic linkage, front linkage and some remote valves.
Weighing from 4700kg, with a maximum permissible weight of 7400kg, U Pro models have a 2.42m wheelbase, an overall length of 4.166m, are 2.673m high and 2.1m wide. Supplied on 480/65 R24 front and 540/65 R38 rear tyres, they are fitted with a new front axle which has a capacity of up to 4500kg and a 60° steering angle - 5° better than most competitors - allowing a turning radius of just 4.05m.
Available to order from June 2013, with deliveries scheduled to start in September, Farmall U Pro models are priced approximately 10% - 15% above equivalent Farmall U, which range from approximately £46,000 to £52,000.
Alun Scott, Product Marketing Specialist for Case IH UK, states: “The Farmall name is deeply rooted in the history of Case IH. The first powerful, versatile tractors to bear this legendary name were produced in 1923 and today’s Farmall range provides modern farms with a line-up of powerful, efficient, versatile and comfortable tractors which maintain the brand’s hard-won reputation.
“The new U Pro models are designed to attract both existing Case IH customers looking to update their tractors and those who current operate other brands. They will significantly increase our share of this important market sector, fitting into the range between the existing Farmall 95U, 105U and 115U models and the larger Case IH Maxxum 110, Maxxum 120 and Maxxum 130 models.”