The Case IH Orchard Cab tractor is now available to Australian and New Zealand customers, after a series of demonstration days and field days across the country last year provided a taste of just what this handy tractor can do.
The tractor’s many features, aimed at making tasks like mowing, fertilizing, harvesting and spraying in and around orchards and nut plantations as easy and efficient as possible, created considerable interest from those lucky enough to see it in action, as did its futuristic design, prompting the nickname, the ‘Mad Max tractor’.
The low-profile cab of the tractor was designed specifically for the likes of almonds but is also suited to other similar tree crops like macadamias, with an overall height of just 7ft making it possible for the tractor to work in most orchards without damaging tree limbs and valuable fruit.
The tractor was taken on a road trip from Mildura in Victoria to Bundaberg in Queensland at the end of last year, during which a series of customer demonstration days were held. Case IH dealership TMI, located at Nambour on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, hosted the orchard cab for a number of weeks late last year, allowing them to organise some demonstration days for local producers who were impressed with what they saw. Shane Green, one of the owners of TMI, said:
“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. In our area, there’s also a lot of potential for persimmons and limes, too.”
Shane said it had drawn a lot of admirers at last year’s Farm Fantastic field days in Queensland, visitors commenting on the height, the cab comfort and overall set-up of the tractor.
Despite the low-profile, the cab offers 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. There’s 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.
Regarding safety, the tractor has an integrated ROPS (Rollover Protection Structure) to help safeguard the operator no matter where the tractor is being used.
Other features include:
- 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
- Additional 49-litre fuel tank
- Generous-sized flotation tyres to minimise surface impact
Seamus McCarthy, Product Manager for Mid Horsepower & Compact Tractors Case IH Australia/New Zealand, said:
“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. 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 105hp or 115hp models and is ready to order now. For more information contact your local Case IH dealer.