Case IH’s Quadtrac CVXDrive, known in Australia as the Steiger Quadtrac CVT, won the 2019 Machine of the Year title in the XL category at the recent biennial SIMA exhibition in Paris.
The accolade was given in recognition of the benefits of the proven continuously-variable transmission.
Case IH Australia/New Zealand product manager for high horsepower tractors, Alyx Selsmeyer, said it was a great endorsement for the tractors and good news for local customers.
“The Steiger Quadtrac CVT was released into the Australian market in 2017 and is the world’s first articulated tractor with Continuously Variable Transmission,” Alyx said.
“It’s important recognition for the benefits of CVT, with Case IH the only manufacturer to offer it in these types of high horsepower machines. Customers who’ve invested in one of these tractors notice immediately the fuel efficiency and operating benefits.”
As well as targeting fuel efficiency and operator fatigue, the CVT transmission provides faster acceleration to field or road speed, full power availability at low ground speeds for special applications and implements, and full hydraulic flow availability at low ground speeds, for the likes of direct drilling and planting. The result is increased productivity with faster cycle times and maximum fuel efficiency.
“It all adds up to a tractor designed to ensure the most efficient operation at all times, in all conditions, regardless of the task or terrain, with the capacity to reduce engine speed to the minimum required for the tractor’s workload, in order to maximise fuel efficiency,” Alyx said.