When Ed and Fiona Simson first saw tracked tractors back in the 1990s, they realised the potential for their undulating Liverpool Plains farm.
Among the initial owners of the first model, a Case IH Steiger Quadtrac 9370, their opinion of track technology hasn’t changed.
The couple farm the 5000ha property “The Plantation’’, growing wheat, chickpeas, canola and barley in winter, with sorghum and mung beans in summer.
“In the 1990s, we were starting to talk about down-slope farming and had considered using equipment with two tracks,’’ Mr Simson said.
“Because we farm up and down over our contour banks, and have a few turns, both the scuffing and the turns were a bit concerning.
“Then Case IH came out with a four-tracked tractor – the Quadtrac – and we thought this looks like the go.
“We liked the concept. We thought if we ran the four tracks – not two – along the field, it must be better for traction.’’
The couple sold their wheeled tractors and invested in a Case IH Quadtrac.
They found there was no compaction or wheel slip, resulting in reduced tyre wear and increased comfort and smoothness of the whole tractor.
After nearly 20 years, the Simsons have recently replaced the original Quadtrac with the Steiger Rowtrac 400.
“We went for the Rowtrac for its three-metre track spacings as we are on tramline 3m tracks,’’ Mr Simson said.
He said the extra horsepower, flotation and traction meant the tractor handled the 3m tracks with ease.
“We have contour banks and other areas that get water in them, but we don’t have to worry, we can go through those without any drama at all, and know we won’t get bogged or slip,’’ Mr Simson said.
“Our family always had International Harvester machinery, and then we’ve always gone with Case IH.
“Now we have two Magnums, an 8120 Axial-Flow combine header and even a little front-end loader Case IH tractor.’’
The Case IH Steiger Quadtrac 9370 will be on display at this year’s Henty Machinery Field Days.