New CVT Transmission in Farmall Compact Tractors

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They&rsquo;re not the first to offer a compact tractor with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), but the folks at&nbsp;<a href=”http://www.caseih.com/index.aspx” target=”_blank”>CASE IH</a>&nbsp;have embraced the technology big time. The new CVT transmission option is now available in the company&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href=”http://www1.caseih.com/northamerica/Products/Tractors/FarmallCompact/Pages/compact-tractors.aspx” target=”_blank”>Farmall 40, Farmall 45 and Farmall 50</a>&nbsp;compact cab-tractor models.</p>
<p>The CVT is more efficient than most hydrostatic transmissions and it is designed to precisely match engine&nbsp;rpm with load and ground speed requirements &ndash; which essentially means it has an infinite number of forward and reverse gears, up to a fixed maximum ratio. &ldquo;It eliminates the need for clutching or shifting which means operators may prefer a Farmall with CVT to their car. In fact, pulling a load with a CVT equipped Farmall is easier than driving a pickup with an automatic transmission,&rdquo; says Greg Lucey, Case IH Farmall marketing manager.</p>
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<p>While CVT is becoming more common in high-horsepower tractors, it is a technology not commonly found in compact tractors. &ldquo;As a full-line equipment company, Case IH is able to utilize technology developed for larger tractors and integrate it into the Farmall line,&rdquo; Lucey explains. &ldquo;When Farmall tractors were first introduced in 1923, they featured a revolutionary narrow design and higher ground clearance &ndash; and more than 85 years later, they continue to lead the industry in innovation.&rdquo;</p>
<p>If you are looking for a tractor that is less intimidating to operate than one with a manually selectable, sliding-gear transmission and more fuel efficient under load than one with a hydrostatic drive, then the CVT-equipped Farmalls might be just what you need. Before taking the plunge, be sure to drive them all &ndash; and if you want to compare CVT compacts of different colors, check out the CVT-equipped&nbsp;<a href=”http://www.myboomer.com/” target=”_blank”>Boomers</a>&nbsp;at your local New Holland dealers.</p>
<p>I have driven CVT-equipped compact tractors and I regularly operate hydros and standard-shift tractors. I am impressed with the CVT for its engineering and performance innovation &ndash; check them out yourself at a local CASE IH dealer and see what you think.</p>
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<em> raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper’s Farmer magazines. Connect with him on </em>
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