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The Big Book of Farm Tractors
New CaseIH MXU Maxxum tractorsCaseIH - July 9, 2003
The new Case IH MXU Series Maxxum tractor line offers producers the perfect blend of features and options for row-crop, loader and general-purpose applications. Three models range from 80 to 105 PTO horsepower.
"The Case IH MXU line-up gives ‘multi-purpose’ new meaning," says Larry Lanie, marketing manager for Case IH MXU Series Maxxum tractors. "Producers can choose from two-wheel drive or mechanical front-wheel drive, flat-deck ROPS or cab versions, bar or flange axles, and two transmission options, not to mention the industry’s most convenient operator environment."
Ergonomic cab design Whether equipped with a cab or foldable ROPS, Case IH MXU Series tractors offer operators the comfort and convenience needed for high productivity. Easy entry and exit from the left or right side are assured with a wide-open deck and a two-door cab. Like all Case IH tractors, the MXU100, MXU110 and MXU125 feature tilt and telescoping steering, ergonomically designed right-hand controls, a left-hand power shuttle, and an ISO-mounted deck.
MXU Series ROPS tractors feature a swiveling, deluxe mechanical seat that offers multiple seat adjustment points. Cab versions are equipped with a swiveling, deluxe air-ride seat with multiple adjusting points, including lumbar adjustment and five bounce dampening settings. In addition to cup holders and multiple storage compartments, cab tractors also offer special options like a full-size instructor seat and a performance monitor with a keypad enabling advanced programming, control, calibration and other functionality settings.
Panoramic view "Producers who upgrade to a cab model will preserve visibility both in the field or during loader operations," adds Lanie. "By eliminating the B-pillars and developing the tractor industry’s first ‘sun roof,’ we created a panoramic view both on the sides and above the tractor."
The clear roof panel fully opens for natural air circulation, and a retractable sunscreen panel reduces glare or closes out the sun completely. In addition, the cab features the greatest glass area in its class at 63 square feet.
To help the operator in rough terrain, Case IH MXU cab tractors feature ride control, an optional cab suspension system, and an optional suspended front axle. The suspension system allows the cab to move both up-and-down and side-to-side, lessening impact on the operator in rough field conditions. Coupled with the front suspended axle, available on MXU110 and MXU125 MFD cab models equipped with the 16x16 transmission, operators enjoy not only a better ride through rough terrain and over field rows, but also better ground contact for improved tractive efficiency.
Customize for your operation "Pick your application, and we can customize a tractor to meet your demands," says Lanie. "MXU Series tractors will perform high-capacity loader operations all day, everyday in a feedyard, or work hard in the field preparing for planting or baling hay."
Equipped with a standard rear flange axle, the new tractors are well suited for general-purpose loader operations. Upgrading to a 98-inch bar axle makes the MXU Series a perfect fit for tough operations like tillageor other row crop applications. Both the heavy-duty 2WD and MFD front axles offer a tight 55-degree turn angle. An optional wide adjustable 2WD axle is available for specialty crop situations like tobacco.
Producers also can choose either the standard 24x24 two-speed powershift or optional 16x16 semi-powershift transmission. With fully synchronized gears and ranges, the base 24x24 transmission has two powershifts per gear and an 8.9-feet-per-minute creeper function.
For increased productivity, the 16x16 semi-powershift offers four powershifts in each of four ranges and a 12.3-feet-per-minute creeper. It also includes a standard auto shift feature on the MXU110 and MXU125 (optional on MXU100) that automatically shifts up or down within each range based on engine torque, ground speed and gear selection. Field and transport modes are also automated. An optional end-of-row feature is available, allowing the operator to control the three-point hitch, MFD, differential lock and ground speed with one button.
Material handling ready Both transmissions feature an ergonomically positioned, left-hand, clutchless power shuttle designed to speed cycle times during loader operations. Loader-ready tractors come equipped with a mid-mount hydraulic valve package and a two- or three-function joystick mounted in front of the right-hand armrest on the swivel seat. The hydraulic system provides up to 26.5 gallons per minute flow to the remotes.
The new LX156 loader complements the MXU line with a lift capacity of 3,700 pounds, breakout force of 5,400 pounds and maximum lift height of 12 feet 3 inches.
"When equipped with the new LX156 loader and a wide variety of attachments, MXU Series tractors can move anything from bales, silage and feed pallets to rocks, dirt and manure," Lanie explains. "And with smart features – like the new clear roof panel – operators can do it with ease and safety."
Efficient engine design All these applications are powered by 2,200-rpm, turbocharged, air-to-air intercooled engines that meet Tier II emission requirements. The two larger models use electronic engine power and fuel management systems. During PTO operations, the power management function monitors and boosts PTO horsepower to make up for power loss due to terrain or field conditions, thereby maintaining the rated PTO horsepower. Another productivity enhancing feature – constant engine speed control – allows the operator to toggle between two different preset engine speeds.
"For example, when you’re running a mower-conditioner, you can toggle to the lower rpm setting to decrease the stress on the PTO shaft when you come to the end of the field and then switch back when you go back into the crop," Lanie explains. "You keep your focus on the field rather than the rpms or throttle."
All MXU Series models feature a 540/1000 rpm PTO, as well as an offset swinging drawbar. The three-point hitch uses lower link draft sensing, telescoping stabilizers and flexible link ends. Cab models feature electronic draft control, while the ROPS units have mechanical draft control.
"Farmers searching for versatility will find the features they need to meet their needs in the new Case IH MXU Series tractor," says Lanie.