The eagerly expected replacement for New Holland’s long-wheelbase TM tractors has arrived.
The T7000 will take the place of the firm’s TM175 and TM190 machines which, when first introduced, were dogged by reliability problems that earned them a bad reputation.
The new tractors employ a version of the Power Command powershift transmission used previously, but a new cooling package means this now runs 20C cooler – a factor which will overcome the problems associated with the 18F x 6R gearbox, according to New Holland’s endurance testing engineers.
The T7000 can be specified with a 19-speed gearbox, giving the option of a standard 50kph or 40kph “Eco” transport speed whereby engine revs are reduced to 1900rpm once maximum forward speed is reached.
In 19th gear, power is transferred from the fly-wheel directly to the back axle via the pto shaft, avoiding the gearbox to reduce power loss.
T7000 models use the same 6.75-litre six-cylinder engine as smaller TS-A stablemates. This is produced by the European Engine Alliance – a joint development between Case New Holland, Iveco and Cummins.
Common-rail injection means between 20hp and 35hp additional power is available for pto and transport applications.
The new tractors also share the TS-A’s four-pillar Horizon cabin. In-cab noise is reduced by 75%. Claimed levels now stand at an industry-leading 69dBa.
Like many other top-spec tractors that have been introduced recently – Claas Axion and John Deere 30-series – the T7000 can be equipped with a computer system to monitor and alter most tractor functions.
However New Holland retains all the in-cab dials, switches and buttons that most operators will already be familiar with.
CNH SPLITS BLUE AND RED BRANDS AGAIN
Case and New Holland parent company – CNH – has not seen the successes it had hoped for by merging the two brands.
The firm now recognises the need to clearly differentiate red and blue product lines.
To achieve this, the ex-Ford Basildon works has been nominated as worldwide headquarters for New Holland and Case IH moves its base to the Steyr factory at St Valentin in Austria.
Blue-liveried machines will continue to roll out of the Essex plant and production of most red tractors will move to Austria.
Management of both brands is now completely separate as Simon Thornton, vice-president of NH’s European operations, is keen to point out. “We need to differentiate ourselves. One step we’ve taken as New Holland is to markedly improve our service back-up.”
“Last year we invested €35m in parts stock and emergency support teams for harvest – we were flying product specialists in by helicopter to individual machines in the field.”
“We realise that dealers will be the key to our support strategy and our aim is that New Holland dealers become the most profitable in the industry so that our customers know they have a sustainable partner for the future.”
“Next year will be a big year for us with several new tractors, a completely revamped combine range and a high output forager on the way.”