Case IH is coming out with a model upgrade that will replace the True-Tandem 330 Vertical Tillage it launched in 2007.

On the new model, called the True-Tandem 335 VT, the rolling rear basket now comes with an active down pressure system that lets you adjust downpressure on the fly when soil conditions change. “On the previous model, we used a mechanical basket with springs, which you’d have to physically raise or lower,” says Tim Nix, Case IH tillage marketing manager. “Now, with hydraulics, you can raise the basket if running in a wet corner of a field, or you can increase or decrease the pressure when the soil gets harder or softer to provide the leveling that you need.”

Another major improvement was made to the blades, now 30% stronger. “Farmers wanted stronger blades that wouldn’t break when hitting rocks,” Nix says. “The new VT wave blades are made from metal quarried from iron ore mines, which make them stronger, more ductile and more resistant to breakage.”

Other improvements include the upgrade to LED lights, a lengthened frame for better residue flow, and a new powder coat paint finish that provides 400 percent more resistance to scratching and fading, Case IH says.

The 335 will be available in 22-, 25-, 28-, 31- and 34-foot working widths when it hits the market in 2015.

Suggested list price: $50,200 to $88,600. Contact caseih.com.