Perhaps a positive sign for its future, New Holland now has a worthy replacement for the popular Genesis tractor line that it spun off and sold to Buhler Industries during the Case IH/New Holland merger.

We test-drove the new tractors at a recent New Holland press event held just outside of St. Louis.

New Holland TG series 170 to 240 PTO hp

Like the old Genesis, the new TG is operator friendly and features an 8.3-liter engine with up to 56% torque rise. The operator doesn't need to be a computer programmer to maximize this tractor's performance. Even a new driver can shift easily through the gears and start and stop the tractor without jerking it around. There's some clutch work required, but it's minimal.

Paramount to its ease of operation is the TG's 18 forward and 4 reverse speed power-shift transmission, which helps keep the engine in the 2,200-rpm sweet spot for maximum efficiency. An auto-shift button changes settings from fieldwork to 25-mph road speed with minimal fuss. A creeper gear package is also available for ultraslow field operations.

The in-cab feel and in-field performance are very similar to those of the Genesis. What's different is that much of the TG's power train has been borrowed from its Case IH cousin, the new MX Magnum, including an updated electronically controlled engine that already meets Tier III emissions standards.

Comfort cab

The large cab features 109.5 cu. ft. of space and 68 sq. ft. of glass. All the instruments are easily accessible on the right armrest or on the right-hand corner post, where they won't block the operator's view to the outside of the tractor. Standard equipment includes AC and an air-ride seat.

Deluxe option cabs offer heated seats, auto temperature control and six electrical outlets. As with the common-platform Case IH tractors, a deluxe Auto Comfort seat uses a precisely controlled electromagnetic field to dampen the bumps. An optional performance monitor shows acres covered, percent slip and service interval data.

The 255 and 285 models include fuel consumption and percent of power data. A New Holland field technician (they used to call these guys mechanics) can plug in and run a diagnostic check on all systems in a matter of seconds.

Tractor control

Though CNH licensed its patented SuperSteer front axle design to Buhler, it retained the technology as an option for New Holland tractors such as the TG. You won't find SuperSteer in the Case version of this tractor. On the New Holland TG, the ultra-tight 70° turn angle lets a farmer simply make a U-turn and head back down the field with a 12-row implement. The standard 2-wd axle turns 55°, and the standard front wheel assist axle turns 50°.

The 210 and 230 TG models use a 10-bolt hub, and the 255 and 285 use a beefed-up 12-bolt hub. The 255 and 285 offer a front dual wheel option for improved flotation. A suspended FWD front axle option called Terra Glide allows 4 in. of travel to help keep the front tires on the ground. That improves control on the road and reduces power hop in the field.

Implement control

The electronic draft control hitch lifts up to 17,920 lbs. The 210 and 230 have a telescoping lower link, and the 255 and 285 offer a rigid lower link with coupler. Pulling at road speeds, the dynamic ride control option makes the 3-pt. hitch act as a shock absorber between implement and tractor for a smoother ride and better control.

One other New Holland-only option is the Mega-Flow hydraulic system, which boosts flow from 38 to 68 gpm at 3,000 psi. The system is divided into two circuits with separate pumps. Turning the steering wheel won't rob the implement of power, so there's always enough flow available to run specialty equipment, such as air seeders, at maximum efficiency.

The TG series consists of the TG210 (170 PTO hp), TG230 (190 PTO hp), TG255 (215 PTO hp) and the TG285 (240 PTO hp). Price: $109,256 to $132,085.

New Holland TM series 95 to 160 PTO hp

The smaller brothers to the TGs, the TM series tractors have a lot of the same technology and features that are on the TGs. Consequently, the tractors in this medium-horsepower range have a surprising level of sophistication.

The TM is powered by a new turbocharged and after-cooled 7.5-liter New Holland engine. Rotary-designed injection pumps deliver a precise amount of fuel to match engine airflow.

As with the TG models, a variety of “smart” programmable features, combined with a Power Command power-shift transmission, let the operator select the right gear automatically based on desired engine speed, engine load and ground speed. This function improves usable power and fuel efficiency. A left-hand shuttle transmission allows fast shifting from forward to reverse with no clutching, making the TM tractors well suited for loader work.

Differential lock and FWD functions turn on and off automatically to accommodate tight headland turns. New Holland calls this electronic traction system TerraLock. The front and rear differential units stay locked for maximum traction but kick out automatically to prevent damage on tight turns. A touch pad lets the driver choose between manual and automatic operation of the differential locks.

One-button operation

The TM175 and TM190 include a Custom Headland System, which records up to 28 tasks, such as 3-pt. hitch raising and lowering, transmission shifting, engine rpms and cruise control engagement. The operator simply hits one button to complete multiple preprogrammed functions at the end of the row.

Suspension, Terra Glide, seat and in-cab amenities, and options for the TM are much the same as those in the bigger TG. The New Holland exclusive SuperSteer option also is available in this line. A TM with SuperSteer can turn a tight, 22-ft.-dia. circle without pivot braking. The TM cab comes equipped with two cab doors, one on each side, for getting in and out quickly around the farmyard. The bigger TG has only one door, since it will do most of its work out in the field.

Overall, the TM's maneuverability and power should make it a popular choice with livestock producers who need a loader and haying tractor that can also pitch in on some fieldwork. Big jobs like tillage and pulling big air seeders are best left to the TG.

The TM series consists of the TM120 (95 PTO hp), TM130 (105 PTO hp), TM140 (115 PTO hp), TM155 (125 PTO hp), TM175 (145 PTO hp) and TM190 (160 PTO hp). Price: $54,600 to $98,600.

For more information, contact New Holland North America Inc., 500 Diller Ave., Box 1895, New Holland PA 17577-0903, 717/355-1121, visit www.newholland.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.