In a recent product introduction, New Holland announced that its new TJ 4-wd tractors set new power and efficiency records at the Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory. If those claims sound familiar, they should. As part of the merged Case-New Holland's (CNH) “common platform” initiative, tractors from the red camp, Case-IH, now share their engine, frame and power train with their new blue brethren from New Holland. Now, when a Case IH Steiger sets a record, so does a New Holland TJ.

New Holland expects that, like the Steigers, its highly maneuverable, high-horsepower TJs will be well adapted for heavy tillage as well as for pulling earthmoving scraper pans.

The old New Holland 84 series tractors were strong pullers in their own right. But with the new platform, the TJ line adds more horsepower, higher torque and more 3-pt.-hitch lift capacity. That's a welcome improvement whether it comes as a unique package or a common platform.

Cab comfort

Though an identical gray chassis belies the common lineage of Steigers and TJs, there are a few more differences besides red or blue body panels. The TJ offers a less deluxe (and less expensive) standard cab that is not available on the Steiger. Meanwhile, the Steiger offers an optional luxury cab not available on the TJs. No matter what the trim and cab options, there's plenty of visibility and comfort to go around, including pressurized cab, heated ergonomic seat, automatic temperature control, power mirrors and a place to plug in a laptop computer.

Megaflow

The New Holland TJ also offers its pumped-up Megaflow hydraulic package as a factory- or dealer-installed option. Jim Fielding, New Holland product marketing manager, points out that hydraulic capacity of 90 gpm allows the TJ to handle some jobs better than a conventional Steiger can. “A TJ with Megaflow can pull a large air seeder and maintain full power to the orbit motor even when several other hydraulic operations are being performed simultaneously,” he explains. “That can mean the difference between a plugged seeder and a productive day.

“For excavation work, Megaflow allows the TJ to lift three scraper pan blades where the Steiger could handle only two. That makes the TJ an even more efficient earthmoving machine.”

You can't get Megaflow factory installed in a Case tractor, yet. Of course, because the $5,000 option can be dealer installed, there's nothing stopping you from having it added to a red tractor you already own. Behold the power of common platform design.

The price of the TJ tractors ranges from $116,000 to $220,000. For more information, contact New Holland North America Inc., Belleville, PA 17004, 717/355-1371, www.newholland.com/na.

Case HI STX/New Holland TJ platform

Model Engine Rated hp Peak hp Torque rise 3-pt. hitch
275 8.3-liter/505-cu.-in. CDC 275 300 40% 14,500 lbs.
325 9-liter/543-cu.-in. CDC 325 345 35% 14,500 lbs.
375 15-liter/915-cu-in. Cummins 375 410 40% 19,500 lbs.
450 15-liter/915-cu-in. Cummins 450 490 43% 19,500 lbs.