JOHN ALLEN’S career as a diesel mechanic and hay contractor has put him behind the wheel of a lot of tractors, but his latest purchase has impressed him like few others have.
Last year, as his business continued to grow, he was in the market to add to his fleet of six tractors and went looking for a new machine with the power and versatility to tackle a range of jobs in the most efficient way possible.
His search ended with the Case IH Optum CVT, delivered last September, and already a tractor Mr Allen couldn’t imagine being without.
“It’s proven to be so versatile —you end up doing things with it you didn’t think you would,” he said.
“It definitely doesn’t feel like you’re driving a 300 horsepower tractor.”
The Optum CVT was released by Case IH in February 2017, with a dynamic modern styling that introduced the future look for the company’s tractors, and was heralded as a machine that created its own category by combining the versatility and manoeuvrability of a Puma with the power of a Magnum.
One of the features highlighted in the new Optum at the time it was released was the front linkage with 5821 kg maximum lifting power at the ball ends, “perfect for triple mowers” — something Mr Allen has proven 100 per cent correct.
This was one of his main considerations when shopping around for a new tractor, with mowing a big part of the Allen Agricultural Services business and the competitor-model tractor Mr Allen was looking at replacing just not up to the job.
With fuel savings Mr Allen describes as “just ridiculous”, the ability to run a front and two side mowers allowing him to cover a lot more ground with each sweep, and only needing one, rather than two tractors, to finish a job, Mr Allen estimates his business is a long way in front.
“It’s unbelievable,” Mr Allen from Cowwarr, 182 km east of Melbourne, said.
“When I first got it I thought it would be the equivalent of running three tractors with mowers out the side, but it’s every bit as quick as four tractors and mowers, using a fraction of the fuel and one wage.”
Along with fuel savings, Mr Allen said the continuously variable transmission (CVT) lived up to its reputation.
To find out more about the Optum CVT, see your local Case IH dealer or visit: www.caseih.com