When New Holland started to redesign its mid-size TS tractor line, it asked farmers for advice on how to improve the tractors. The farmers didn't hold back. They asked for features such as better visibility, easier access to daily engine checks, more cab comfort and more power for PTO operations. As a result, the new TS-A line is loaded with features that improve the ease of operation and comfort of the tractors.
The redesign of the TS line is part of New Holland's plan to update its vehicles, according to Allen Rider, New Holland vice president. He says, “Our task is to provide more efficient products.” With the new TS-A line and “a couple more, we will have replaced 100% of our tractor lines.” Customer demands have prompted the changes. “Farmers want more service and quality because they have to have the best to compete,” Rider says. “We spent a lot of time with farmers who told us what they wanted.”
The process took three and a half years, according to Todd DeBock, New Holland marketing manager. But it was worth it. The end result is four models in the TS-A tractor line that range from 80 to 115 PTO hp. The new models are designed to handle chores such as haying and loader work, in addition to row-crop jobs.
The TS100A is the smallest model of the line with 80 PTO hp, 100 gross engine hp and 4 cyl. Depending on options such as a cab and 2-wd or 4-wd, the TS100A line is priced from $35,000 to $64,500. This model features mechanical fuel management.
The TS115A offers 115 gross engine hp, 95 PTO hp, 6 cyl. and mechanical fuel management. A cab and 2-wd or 4-wd are optional. Price is between $40,050 and $71,000.
The next size model is the TS125A with 125 gross engine hp, 105 PTO hp, 6 cyl. and electronic fuel management. Also available with or without a cab and 2-wd or 4-wd, the model ranges in price from $48,500 to $78,500.
The largest model in the line, the TS135A, provides 135 gross engine hp, 115 PTO hp and electronic fuel management. It has 6 cyl. and may be purchased with 2-wd or 4-wd. A cab is standard. Prices range from $60,750 to $81,500.
New Holland offers four transmissions for its TS-A line. The 12×12 Synchro Command includes four gears in each of three ranges. This transmission is available on the TS100A and TS115A. All four models may be purchased with the 24×24 Dual Command transmission with power shuttle that doubles the speed choices with an underdrive gear for forward and reverse. The operator also may make clutchless, on-the-move power-shift changes in forward or reverse by pushing a button.
The 16×16 Electroshift transmission with power shuttle is available in the TS100A and TS115A. Operators use touch-button power-shifting through four gears in each range and clutch-free shifts between each range.
The 16×16 Autoshift transmission is standard on the TS125A and TS135A. This transmission provides automatic upshifting and downshifting. Autoshift is optional on the TS100A and TS115A. All transmissions use a column-mounted, left-hand shuttle lever.
Geared for loader work
Designed with the livestock producer in mind, the TS-A models excel at loader and PTO work, according to New Holland. The company added the left-hand shuttle, high-flow hydraulics and heavy-duty front axle to improve loader work. In addition, it installed a clear panel (with sunshade) in the cab roof to allow the operator to easily see a raised loader. A new loader, the 56LB, is designed exclusively for the TS-A tractor line. The hydraulics for a loader are located next to the cab and require only one handle to connect or disconnect.
A key feature of the TS125A and TS135A is a power boost of up to 25 hp to maintain PTO horsepower. The power boost previously was available only on New Holland's higher-horsepower models.
The 3-pt. lift capacities reach as high as 12,185 lbs. in the TS135A, 9,620 lbs. in TS-A tractors with electronic draft control and 9,285 lbs. in models with mechanical draft control. Operators can easily view the drawbar by swiveling the tractor's seat.
Other features make the tractors easy and comfortable to drive. The SuperSteer axle option gives a 65° turn angle. Terraglide-suspended 4-wd axles provide stability and control in rough terrain. The optional Comfort Ride cab suspension offers a smooth, even ride for operators. The Custom Headland System lets operators program repetitive actions into a push button for easy operation.
Combined, the features of the TS-A line make it a good option for farmers who need a tractor for many farm chores as well as fieldwork.
TB series tractors
New Holland updated its 10S series with the new TB series tractors. This new line is geared for farm operations needing an economical tractor for daily chores. The company added new features to make the new line operator friendly. For example, the deck is large and uncluttered. The seat is upgraded, and controls for the hydraulics and transmission are located on the right for easy access.
The TB100 and TB110 are 4-cyl., turbocharged models that provide 80 and 90 PTO hp, respectively. The TB120 is a 6-cyl., naturally aspirated model with 96 PTO hp. The three models are available with a standard heavy-duty 2-wd or optional 4-wd front axle. The dual steel fuel tanks hold 37 gal. of fuel.
The TB line will handle large implements with a heavy-duty, 3-pt. linkage providing lift capacity of 4,200 lbs. Good hydraulic performance is provided by independent steering and implement hydraulic pumps.
For farmers who want an economical tractor for mowing and utility work, New Holland offers the new TT series tractors. The TT55 is a 3-cyl., 42-PTO-hp model, and the TT75 is 4-cyl., 59-PTO-hp model. They are available in standard and low-clearance 2-wd configurations.
The TT series replaces the New Holland 3010S tractors. The company updated the design of the tractors and incorporated a one-piece, sloped hood for improved visibility. The hood flips up for easy engine access. The tractor includes a roomy deck and adjustable seat. The 3-pt. hitch lifts 2,954 lbs., and the optional 7310 loader holds up to 2,035 lbs. With a 23.5-gal. fuel tank, the tractor will drive all day without needing to be refueled.