Global machinery news: Case IH 2024 telehandler range

By: Chris McCullough

Latest smart technology and new components feature on Case IH’s 2024 revised range of telehandlers launched internationally at Agritechnica

Case IH has revised its FarmLift telehandler range for 2024

These new models in the Case IH Farmlift telescopic handler range all now feature the 6F/3R PowerDrive powershift (already established on some Farmlifts).

The manufacturer says its Farmlift 633 (3.3 tonnes lift capacity and six-metre lift height), the 737 model (3.7 tonnes lift capacity and seven-metre lift height), and the 935 model (3.5 tonnes lift capacity and nine-metre lift height) continue with their established 140 litres per minute hydraulic system.

There’s a new high-flow 160 litres per minute pump now on the Farmlift 636, which has a 3.6-tonne lift capacity and six-metre lift height, and on the 742 model with a 4.2-tonne lift capacity and seven-metre lift height.

This brings a 25% reduction in lifting/lowering times, resulting in faster work cycles and more material moved per hour and per day.

Handling capabilities are also improved by the integration of the electro-hydraulic self-levelling attachment carriage system. This replaces the conventional compensation cylinder with two angle sensors that provide real-time position information to an ECU.

The machine’s software then instantly calculates the tilt cylinder’s exact oil flow requirement, optimising self-levelling accuracy. Material losses and maintenance are therefore minimised, and complexity is reduced.

Designer controls

A new seven-inch colour LCD screen makes data easy to read and, via a navigation encoder, allows key settings and adjustments to be made. All models are now AFS Connect-ready and supplied with a one-year AFS Connect telematics subscription, for machine data monitoring and alert provision.

On machines with the new rear-view camera, the LCD screen can also display its images when reverse is engaged. Adjacent to the screen, a new LED-based Load Moment Indicator with stable risk level warns if maximum load capability is approaching and hydraulic lock-out
is imminent.

The new adjustable seat-mounted operating armrest incorporates an integrated keypad for easy access to key functions, plus a new joystick with integral hydraulic, transmission, and shuttle controls. Functions include an Active Bucket Shake/back to position button.
Via the Farmlift operating terminal and the joystick, crowd/dump speed and shaking frequency can be adjusted to suit.

A new semi-automatic back-to-position feature allows operators to set two pre-determined boom target positions for raising/lowering, dumping/crowding and boom extension/retraction cycles.

A new membrane keypad includes screen display buttons, and new features include an improved continuous flow function that allows fine adjustment of engine speed or auxiliary flow rate, which is then operated via a joystick button to power an attachment such as
a rotary brush.

New models feature the 6F/3R PowerDrive powershift

An engine speed control button means a set engine speed can be stored for operating a specific attachment, while a power shuttle sensitivity button allows adjustment of acceleration after a direction change. Further buttons can be selected to manage the steering, transmission, and handling/loading/road modes.

Other keypad features include rear camera activation, auxiliary service pressure release, boom ride control engagement, transmission de-clutch, boom reactivity, rear auxiliary services activation, and boom level lift with synchronised boom extension/retraction.

An engine auto-boost feature automatically increases engine speed to high-idle if in loader function and operating at low speed with hydraulics in operation and boom fully retracted. De-clutch is temporarily activated to transfer maximum engine power to the hydraulics and then released for uninterrupted pushing. The Farmlift recognises more power is required, and engine speed increases automatically for faster loading.

Operating modes

In transport mode, boom hydraulics are disabled, smooth power shuttling enabled, and two-wheel steer engaged, while in loading mode, fast shuttling and rapid boom movement are prioritised.

In handling mode, suited to precision handling applications, such as unloading trucks or stacking bales, default settings are resumed for smooth shuttling and boom operation, while the combination of synchronised automatic boom extension/retraction alongside vertical
lift provides improved cycle times and eases operation.

Operating characteristics can be tailored according to job demands and operator preference, with three adjustment levels for shuttle response and low or high sensitivity choices for joystick and boom response: long, slow joystick movements for precision tasks or short, fast ones to maximise working speeds.

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