09 September 2023, EU: Case IH has extended the transmission choices for the 100-130hp Vestrum tractor range with the option of the ActiveDrive 8 powershift transmission in lieu of the CVXDrive continuously variable transmission (CVT), to offer potential buyers a broader range of specification to suit their needs.
Previously available only on the 115-150 hp Maxxum tractors, the ActiveDrive 8 eight-step/three-range powershift option means Vestrum customers not requiring the full capabilities of CVT now have an alternative which comes at a lower price point, yet still provides a high level of fuel efficiency and ability. Range one offers a 0-10.7 km/hr speed band to suit heavy draft work, while range two, with a speed bracket of 4.3-18.1 km/hr, meets most work needs. For road travel, the transmission can start in range three, with a 0-40 km/hr speed range, a skip-shift function allowing quick powershift step progression. A creep speed option allows speeds down to 190 m/hr for specialist applications.
“By adding the ActiveDrive 8 eight-step powershift option to the Vestrum line, we are aiming to broaden its appeal by offering a greater range of specification to customers in this power segment, to meet a wider range of needs,” says Christel Diebolt, Case IH product marketing manager for Vestrum tractors.
“This is a true powershift that uses our double-clutch technology so there is no loss of drive or traction during speed or direction changes. It also allows the tractor to move off in the highest range, increase field speed without interrupting power to the wheels, deliver almost imperceptible gear changes and, via the Active Clutch II feature, come to a standstill using only the brake pedal.”
Two specification levels
Vestrum ActiveDrive 8 tractors are available with a choice of two specification packages. ‘Selection’ models are equipped with mechanical remote valves, an 80 or 110l/min hydraulic pump, three-speed PTO, front linkage options. There are two roof options: a low roof version of 2.7m features a panoramic window for loader work, while a standard roof alternative comes with a height of 2.83m. Air conditioning, passenger seat and cab suspension can be chosen. The alternative ‘Advanced’ specification features additional equipment including, front linkage with Front Hitch Management, electro-hydraulic remotes, plus optional features such as Advanced Headland Management, auto guidance managed via the AFS Pro 700 Plus display, and ISOBUS options.
Whether specified with CVXDrive or ActiveDrive 8, Vestrum tractors use the same FPT NEF 4.5-litre/four-cylinder Stage V engines. Developing up to 10hp more than their rated output between 1,700rpm and 1,900rpm, they produce maximum torque at 1,300rpm. The standard implement coupling package includes a Cat II/III N 5,600kg rear hitch, while a 2,300kg front hitch is optional, as is a 1,000rpm front PTO with wet clutch. Manoeuvrability is aided by a 4.5m turning circle.
With noise level of 69dB(A), the suspended cab options include a loader joystick with transmission control buttons. The AFS Pro 700 Plus touchscreen terminal comes with a quick-start menu and up to four camera inputs. AEF ISOBUS certification for Universal Terminal and Task Controller functionalities guarantees compatibility with AEF ISOBUS-certified implements. Optional AFS Connect™ telematics capability allows remote monitoring and instant data capture. Additional features including AFS AccuGuide™ auto guidance and AFS AccuTurn Pro automated headland turning technology are also available.
Production of Vestrum ActiveDrive 8 tractors begins in June 2023, with full availability in all European markets by the autumn.
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