Ever since ownership of the Case IH and New Holland brands was consolidated under Fiat’s CNH Industrial division, new product releases from the red and blue brands have become increasingly co-ordinated. At the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, in February, Case IH launched its updated Maxxum and Farmall 100A Series tractors.
Just a short walk away in the same exhibition hall, New Holland’s new T6 and TS6 tractors, which are a close match to the Maxxums and Farmalls, were being revealed at NH’s display. The T6 models offer buyers a higher spec’d choice, like Case IH’s Magnums, while the TS6 tractors mimic the same “value” alternative its Farmall 100A cousins represent.
Speaking in a press release, Michael Cornman, NH’s dairy and livestock market segment leader says even though the TS6 tractors are value models, they can be ordered with a range of options. “With the choice of Value and Plus packages, two- or four-wheel drive, with or without a cab, they’re a smart choice for farmers who want a hard-working tractor that’s tailored to the way they want to work.”
The Plus package for these 90 to 115 PTO horsepower tractors boosts the specifications up a bit from those available on the Value models. For example, the standard 8Fx8R shuttle shift transmission jumps to a much more versatile 16Fx8R, and top speed increases from 19 to 25 m.p.h. (30 to 40 km/h). Hydraulic flow gets a lift as well, with an additional 9 g.p.m. (34 l.p.m.) At the rear, three-point hitch lift capacity goes up to 5,499 pounds from 3,735 (1,698 to 2,500 kilograms).
TS6 tractors can be ordered with or without a cab and in two- or four-wheel drive configurations. Their overall appearance gets an update with new styling cues and an optional VisionView cab with increased glass area to better accommodate front-end loader work.
Under those stylish new hoods, the TS6 line’s engines jump from Tier 3 directly to Tier 4 Final. They use FPT’s (Fiat Power train’s) four-cylinder, four-valve, SCR-only diesels.
The T6 models
If you want more in the area of operator comfort and tractor capability, then the loader-ready T6 models that NH declares are an “all-purpose, premium tractor series” might be more to your liking. The five T6 models span the 116 to 145 engine (95 to 125 PTO) horsepower range. The brand’s Power Management engine control system will boost output on the largest model, the T6.180 to 175 under load.
Just like the largest Case IH Maxxum, the T6.180 also boasts the only six-cylinder engine in the Series, using the FPT 6.7 litre diesel. The other T6 and TS6 tractors get FPT’s 4.5 litre, four-cylinder.
To keep those engines running, T6 tractors get 52.2 gallon (197 litre) fuel tanks with an option to push that up to 58.6 (222 litres) with an auxiliary modular tank.
To route power form the engine, buyers get a choice of transmissions. Depending on the model, options include the Electro Command semi-powershift, Electro Command with AutoShift semi-powershift or with creeper, as well as the Auto Command continuously variable transmission. And there is a 50 km/h option with the Elite tractor options package.
NH calls the new T6 cab its Horizon version, which lowers the decibel level to 69 to make things a little more comfortable for the operator. And it uses the brand’s SideWinder II armrest, which includes most tractor controls. The Horizon cab gets exterior-mounted LED lights that are reported to be 77 per cent brighter than the standard lights on the previous T6 version.
Again, like its updated Maxxum cousin, the T6 gets a little longer wheelbase. With NH’s SuperSteer front axle option, turning radius is about one foot (30.5 centimetres) less than the previous models. If you opt for the TerraGlide suspended front axle and SuperSteer option together, the wheelbase gets stretched out even further, to a maximum of 110 inches (279.4 centimetres). You can also opt for a suspended cab, to soften the T6’s ride a little bit more.
T6 models also come auto-guidance ready and are compatible with ISOBUS II systems.