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IN PICTURES: We get stuck into Case IH's new Vestrum tractor

Tractor news dominated Case IH’s recent product launch in Austria, with its brand new Vestrum tractor range getting a good work out on the rolling hills. James Rickard reports.

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Aggressive Optum styling adorns the new compact Vestrum.
Aggressive Optum styling adorns the new compact Vestrum.

On top of a whole host of developments and introductions, Case IH’s latest launch gave us a chance to learn more about its new, four-model Vestrum range of tractors.

 

Previewed at this year’s French SIMA Show back in February, it has since undergone somewhat of an identity crisis, and shortly following legal action it had to change its name from Versum to Vestrum.

 

Now water under the bridge, the tractor is said to combine the compact characteristics of a small four-cylinder with high-spec technology normally associated with its larger tractors.

 

As such, it slots neatly in between its Luxxum and Maxxum models, but unlike those two, this machine is only available with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), or CVXDrive in Case IH speak.

 

Vestrum range overview

 

Vestrum model

Rated power at 2,200rpm

Max. power between 1,700 and 1,900rpm

Max. torque at 1,300rpm

100

100hp

110hp

520Nm

110

110hp

120hp

551Nm

120

120hp

130hp

610Nm

130

130hp

140hp

630Nm


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The transmission is derived from the Maxxum, as too is the Stage 5, 4.5-litre FPT engine, but unlike the current four-cylinder Maxxums, the Vestrum does not feature a spacer between its engine and transmission, thus keeping a short wheelbase.

 

For all intents and purposes you could say it is a replacement for the old short wheelbase, four-cylinder Maxxum. However, it is more compact than that enabled by the use of the Luxxum’s front axle, trunnion, tombstone, and rear-end. This also means the cab can sit lower.

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Results of all this squeezing and squashing is a 2.49m wheelbase, allowing a 10m diameter turning circle, says the manufacturer.

 

Options are plentiful and you can up- or down-spec the tractor to your heart’s content. Front axle and cab suspension are on the list, as are 80 or 110 litre/minute hydraulics, automatic steering, the firm’s AFS 700 touch screen terminal, a wide choice of electronic or mechanical spools, and various LED work light packages. Tyres up to 600/60 R38 in size can be fitted at the rear.

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Should you specify the terminal (pictured above right), it is IsoBus Class III compatible, meaning a round baler, for instance, can effectively take control of the tractor and automatically control forward speed based on rotor load.

 

From 2020, the terminal can also be specified with the manufacturer’s AccuTurn Pro system which combine headland management and auto-guidance functions, to offer a completely automated headland turn sequence. The terminal can be mounted on the right hand armrest or a right-hand rail.

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Its CVT is a two-range unit, offering step-less speed adjustment from zero to 40kph. Unfortunately, there is no 50kph version, but it will achieve top speed at a lowly 1,700rpm.

 

From the use of the firm’s Multicontroller armrest, to the logic of the transmission, the way the tractor drives is exactly the same as its bigger brothers. Ideal if hopping between larger and smaller Case IH tractors. The firm says if you want a powershift in this class, then this is where the Luxxum fits in.

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On top of two mechanical spools as standard, up to four electric spools at the rear can be specified, as can three mid-mount electric valves – the latter useful to control front linkage or front loader.

 

Rear linkage lift capacity is about 5.6 tonnes, same as the Luxxum, and it gets a gross vehicle weight rating of 8.8 tonnes.

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An integrated front linkage with a lift capacity of 2.3 tonnes and 1,000rpm PTO can be specified, along with external lift/lower controls, as can a factory fitted loader which makes use of side-rails for extra strength.

 

Next year will see a panoramic glass low roof option introduced, a 235 degree wiper to boost visibility and a cool box in front of the steering wheel.

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