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Magnum tractors take connectivity to the next level

By: Realag Machinery Insider

September 7, 2019

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Case IH is delivering more power and connectivity with its new AFS Connect Magnum 400 horsepower tractor.

Jay Barth, Case IH high-horsepower marketing manager, says the company’s goal is to match Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) technology with a 400 horsepower Magnum to help improve producers’ workflow, productivity, and efficiency for demanding jobs that require additional power. “We’re unlocking a level of connectivity and remote monitoring never before seen in a Magnum tractor,” Barth says.

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Case IH rolled out the new tractor at the Farm Progress Show at Decatur, Illinois.

In this interview, Barth explains AFS technology gives producers the freedom to adjust, manage, monitor and transfer data the way they want. Operators can log into AFS Connect to view current field operations, fleet information, agronomic data and more, remotely keeping an eye on their operation, whether they are in or outside the cab (Story continues after the video.)

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Farm owners and managers then have the freedom to share selected agronomic data — down to the field level — with third-party partners of their choosing. Barth notes specific features, including remote display viewing, service support and software, help reduce downtime and keep operators in the field.

Barth says the driving force behind the AFS Connect Magnum 400 is the upgraded 21-by-5 transmission — 21 speeds forward and 5 reverse. Redesigned to handle additional power, the transmission allows for constant 435 peak horsepower to the ground in both wheeled and Rowtrac configurations. “This is a high-horsepower tractor for demanding tillage and high-speed planting applications,” notes Barth. “This tractor was specifically designed for producers who have a limited amount of time to get their crops in the field…. It helps fill a void and gets the job done effectively and efficiently.”

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The tractor also features a new cab. “We used a clean-sheet approach to completely redesign this cab,” says Barth. “We took advantage of the opportunity to start from scratch. We listened to producers and took a hard look at what we could do differently, and it really shows when you get inside.”

Barth adds that three new system components — AFS Pro 1200 display, the AFS Vision Pro operating system and a AFS Vector Pro receiver — enable operators to configure precision farming functionality and tractor systems to meet their needs.

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Farmers will also take note of a new decal and updated grill for the AFS Connect Magnum series tractors. An LED grill headlight and 360-degree egress lighting assist for nighttime operations are optional.

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