MORE lift capacity on key models, plus smoother shifting from new four and six-speed transmissions will be to the fore in Case IH’s telescopic loader line-up for 2019.

The lift capacity changes are aimed at cutting cycle times on some of the key loaders in the range. Maximum capacity on the two models with 6m maximum lift height has been increased by 100kg, while the 7m lift height Farmlift 737 has an additional 200kg.

That latter machine now has a maximum capacity of 3.7 tonnes, while the Farmilft 633 has a maximum lift capacity of 3.3 tonnes and the 636 moves up to 3.6 tonnes.

The 7m/4.2-tonne capacity Farmlift 742 and the 9.1m/3.5-tonne Farmlift 935 are unchanged in terms of lift capacity, but get a number of other upgrades – key among them being a new transmission offering, designed to help buyers specify the system best suited to their workload.

The 633, 737 and 935 models have as standard a four forward/three reverse transmission, with manual shifting, but a new option is a six forward/three reverse semi-automatic transmission, which operates automatically through gears four, five and six. Both transmissions are capable of a maximum 34kph top speed.

Standard on the 636 and 742 models is a six forward/three reverse transmission, which is fully automatic through forward speeds and can be operated semi-automatically through forward gears four, five and six for smoother road travel. These models also benefit from 40kph top speed for faster travel between jobs and a memory shuttle feature, where the power shuttle selects the last-used forward and reverse gear when changing direction, to ensure smooth shuttling.

Both feature a new electronic modulation system, for smoother shifting and shuttling. Gear ratios have also been been changed to improve performance where high traction is required, such as travelling on slopes, climbing silage clamps or when operating on loading applications.

Combined with the new gear ratios, a more efficient torque converter also allows the top speed to be reached faster and more power is delivered to the ground.

Revised Farmlift models also get a number of upgrades for a more comfortable life for the driver. Automatic steering alignment, which is available on all models, eliminates the need to ensure the front and rear wheels are aligned before changing steering modes.

Meanwhile, connecting attachments that require auxiliary hydraulic power is made easier with the new option of an auxiliary pressure release (APR) switch, sited on the front light support bracket, for remote actuation of the hydraulic valve.

Two automatic lubrication system options, fully integrated into the machine, are now available for all models, to ensure all chassis and boom greasing points are lubricated as required without the need for operator intervention. The first is an electronically-controlled pump for greasing of chassis, axles, boom pivot points and cylinders, while the second is a hydraulically-operated lubrication pump sited on the boom headstock that greases all boom movement points.

Driver comfort is catered for by a new seat option, available on all models, which is heated and pneumatically-cushioned.