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Test drive Case IH’s most powerful Optum: The 340.

by T H WHITE on November 10, 2023

As farming practices evolve, our machinery needs evolve; and tractor power ratings are no exception.

As a reflection our larger average farm sizes, tractors are growing ever more powerful. Because we now have much larger farms, we may need to adjust our perspective on what makes a multi-purpose tractor.

Transport 340After a number of improvements, this latest tractor from Case IH, the Optum 340 CVX Drive is no heavier than the existing 300 and 270 models but provides more power, productivity and the ability to handle a wider range of tasks. Case suggests the Optum 340 CVX Drive is ideal for high draft and power take-off applications, whether they be tillage or grassland orientated with transport also being recognised as a regular task to which it is well suited.

The Optum 340 is targeted firmly at medium to large farms and agricultural contracting businesses which require a tractor with a high power-to-weight ratio giving it the versatility to take on a wide range of tasks.

Power comes courtesy of a 6.7L Stage V FPT engine which incorporates the Hi-eSCR2 emissions reduction system. Also included is Case’s Automatic Productivity Management (APM) feature which optimises the CVXDrive ratio and engine speed to suit power output requirements. An upgraded CVXDrive transmission incorporates improvements to the hydrostatic unit and control software, driveline components, rear differential and rear PTO. Transport is an important function for many tractors and the Optum 340 is said to be equally at home on the road as in the field.

Optum 340 cab The company has embraced the concept of Tractor Implement Management (TIM), which allows certified implements to automatically control specific tractor functions and although not fitted as standard, the software can be upgraded to accommodate this feature.

The rear linkage can lift 11,058kg while the front linkage has a maximum capacity of 6,016kg. The two-speed front and four-speed rear PTOs are in line with this being a multi-purpose tractor.

Good all-round visibility and a keyless ignition fob are offered along with an automotive standard of interior trim. This new model cab is said to be one of the quietest available on the market at 66dB(A) and is well equipped with digital features, including five years AFS Connect advanced telematics.

The new AFS Vision Pro operating system is said to enable precision farming functionality, tractor systems and connectivity to match the required operating preferences.

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