December 21, 2012 03:30 ET

Case IH Celebrates 25 Years of Magnum Tractor Leadership

LUGANO, SWITZERLAND--(Marketwire - Dec 21, 2012) -  The introduction of the Case IH Magnum™ tractor in 1987 marked a major milestone. The 1988 model year Magnum was the first tractor designed and produced after the birth of Case IH -- the result of J.I. Case and International Harvester coming together. Since then, Case IH Magnum Series tractors have delivered customer-driven, proven technology that's helped farmers for 25 years.

"The Magnum Series tractor has set the industry standard as the most powerful and productive conventional tractor," says John Mollaghan, Case IH Marketing Specialist for Magnum tractors. "These tractors introduced the red paint that has become the signature of the Case IH brand. Their cab-forward design and fully integrated mechanical front-wheel drive (MFD) were examples of International Harvester's reputation of innovative leadership. It let customers know that this new company was off to the right start."

Twenty-five years later, Magnum tractors are used in some of the most demanding agricultural applications worldwide. They have built a legacy for exceptional performance, reliability and durability that has been built on customers' needs.

"Customer input has been the key ingredient to the successful design of Magnum tractors," says Mollaghan. "Farmers told us they want a tractor with more power to handle demanding tasks at higher speeds, with better fuel efficiency -- while maintaining operator comfort."

Case IH engineers have delivered on customer requests, continuously improving and upgrading the Magnum tractor to keep pace with ever-growing productivity needs. Today's Magnum tractor line-up offers power, an improved operator environment and outstanding fuel efficiency. Simple, robust designs drive machine reliability.

More Power, Fuel Efficiency
Magnum tractors are known for their ground-breaking, pulling power and torque with the highest horsepower in their class. Customer requests for more power in tough pulling conditions have been answered with Power Growth up to 14% and Power Boost capabilities providing up to an extra 35 engine horsepower for road haulage, power take off (PTO) applications and hydraulic demands. Currently, there are five Magnum models with rated horsepower ranging from 235 to 340 to handle today's larger implements:

  • Magnum 235, with 274 maximum engine HP, 235 rated HP
  • Magnum 260, with 298 maximum engine HP, 257 rated HP
  • Magnum 290, with 328 maximum engine HP, 284 rated HP
  • Magnum 315, with 357 maximum engine HP, 311 rated HP
  • Magnum 340, with 389 maximum engine HP, 340 rated HP

Magnum 235 through 340 models rely on a proven 8.7-liter engine. These engines, by Case IH sister company FPT Industrial, have fewer components and service requirements to maximize uptime and give customers more hours in the field each day.

Mollaghan notes, "Magnum tractors have ground-level daily maintenance and extended service intervals over previous generations. The intent of these designs is to help get farmers out to the field working early and staying later to get more done in short windows."

Magnum tractors are equipped with Diesel Saver™ Automatic Productivity Management (APM) that automatically selects the most efficient gear ratio and engine speed combination. When the Diesel Saver APM is activated, the operator simply selects the desired ground speed for optimized performance. "This represents double-digit fuel efficiency improvements over previous generations and also frees up the operator to focus on other things rather than driving the tractor," says Mollaghan.

Legendary Cab Comfort
Over 25 years ago, Case IH Magnum tractors set the benchmark for cab comfort, controls and visibility -- being the first manufacturer to remove the exhaust from the center of the hood. Today's cab and operating environment continue to lead the industry ensuring our operators can be as efficient as possible.

Magnum tractors offer a cab-forward design having the largest, quietest cab in this class. The cab space has 360-degree visibility and comfort that represent the hallmarks of the Magnum operator environment.

Operating controls have also been designed with extensive input from farmers to create the MultiControl Armrest console which puts key tractor functions at the operator's fingertips. The integrated Pro 700 display allows the driver to access machine operating parameters and setup and Auto Guidance features. Magnum Tractors can be equipped with fully integrated AFS Auto Guidance systems offering various level of accuracy up to 2.5 cm with RTK correction.

A suspended cab option also is available with four-way compensation -- front-and-back and up-and-down -- for an even ride on rough terrain. These are just a few examples of how engineers have continued to improve the legendary operator comfort of Magnum tractors.

Silver Tractors for a Silver Celebration

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Magnum tractor, Case IH will be producing a limited number of silver Magnum 340 Powershift tractors. These commemorative tractors will be on display next year.

"Celebrating this milestone allows us to recognize the Magnum tractor reputation of innovation, reliability and productivity," says Mollaghan. "The Magnum has maintained its market position as the leading high-horsepower conventional tractor, and we expect this to continue with its ability to deliver superior engine power through smart, efficient design."

CASE IH is a CNH brand
Case IH is the professionals' choice, drawing on more than 160 years of heritage and experience in the agricultural industry. A powerful range of tractors, combines and balers supported by a global network of highly professional dealers dedicated to providing our customers with the superior support and performance solutions to be productive and effective in the 21st century. More information on Case IH products and services can be found online at

Case IH is a division of CNH Global N.V., whose stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CNH), which is a majority-owned subsidiary of Fiat Industrial S.p.A. (FI.MI). More information about CNH can be found online at

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