Steiger Rowtrac tractor on show at Case IH stand at Wimmera Machinery Field Days
Case IH dealer O Machinery will have one model on display at its stand.
The Rowtrac is a var timberland iation on the Case IH Steiger Quadtrac four track machines, which have 750mm wide (30 inch) tracks.
The Rowtrac machines are equipped with a choice of 16 inch (400mm), 18 inch (450mm) and 24 inch (600mm) widths, allowing row crop farmers to better plan their controlled traffic applications in their paddocks.
One of the first Australian customers to buy a Steiger track machine with a Rowtrac configuration was Walgett farmer Peter Ricardo, who visited the factory in North Dakota to see the machines being made last year.
While the Steiger brand of tractors dates back to a single purpose built high traction machine built by the Steiger family to work on their farm in North Dakota in the late 1950s, the first commercial Steigers were built in 1963 in nearby Minnesota and a bigger factory was set up later in Fargo, North Dakota.
The business wa< timberland strong> timberland s acquired by the parent of Case in the 1980s and survived the New Holland merger, while the US competition regulator forced Case New Holland to jettison the high horsepower Versatile tractors range, which had been badged as Ford Versatile machines. These were assembled in Manitoba.
The first four tracked 4WD articulated machine was introduced by Case IH as the Steiger Quadtrac in 1996. The new track timberland design was built to reduce soil compaction and provide more traction and manoeuvrability.
Case IH said it was one of the most suitable tractors for scraper and levelling work.
The footprint of the new Rowtrac tractors is much less than the Quadtrac because the tracks are narrower and the width of the frame is narrower but the farmer can configure the widths according to requirements.