Optum CVT offers horsepower with compact dimensions

The Optum CVT was unveiled earlier this year and will be on display at Henty.

CaseIH have expanded their high horsepower offering with the release of the Optum CVT, set to be show cased at the Henty Machinery Field Days.

The Optum CVT was introduced at CaseIH’s national dealer conference at Uluru in February, with the first machine delivered to an Australia customer last month.

CaseIH marketing manager for Australia/New Zealand Pete McCann, said it was the perfect fit within Case Hi’s high horsepower tractor range, with the Optum CVT creating its own category by combining the versatility and manoeuvrability of a Puma with the power of a Magnum.

“One key requirement Australian farming and contracting businesses focus on is the manoeuvrability and compact dimensions of high versatile and powerful tractors – that is what our development engineers kept in mind,’’ Mr McCann said.

Manufactured in St Valentin, Austria, the Optum CVT range consists of two models with the proven 6.7 litre NEF engines from FPT Industrial, with 270 or 300 horsepower at a rated speed of 2100 rpm and a maximum power of 313 hp at 1800rpm.

The CVT transmission is carried over the from the LWB Puma range – reinforced to handle the extra power of the Optum CVT, with a strengthened casting, new rear axle and double planetary final drives.

A design change where the engine sump serves as the backbone of the tractor, removing stress from the engine block, means the Optum CVT is capable of a mximum gross vehicle weight of 16,000kg.

“This increased weight helps ensure the additional power gets to the ground, but we’ve achieved this without compromising agility,’’ Mr McCann said.

Visitors to the Henty Machinery Field Days will see the new Optum CVT at the CaseIH site.