Case IH organized a test drive where 10 experienced track tractor operators compared the Steiger® Quadtrac® 620 and John Deere 9620RX in rugged terrain in Minnesota.
By virtually any measure, track tractors have improved large-scale crop production since their advent in the mid-1990s. The Steiger Quadtrac has proven itself from the heart of the Corn Belt to the simmering heat of Australia to the frozen plains of Antarctica. But until this summer, it has not been tested head-to-head with the John Deere 9RX.
In June 2016, Case IH invited 10 experienced track operators from around North America to western Minnesota. There, they compared the venerable Steiger Quadtrac 620 with John Deere’s new 9620RX model — both machines rated at 620 engine horsepower.
“The only way you can objectively compare the two machines is to have neutral operators test in a real environment,” said Mitch Kaiser, Case IH Steiger tractor marketing manager. “We structured the event so other North American track drivers could glean something from it based on what they personally value.”
How it worked:
- Operators first walked around both tractors, meticulously evaluating different features and specifications. From measuring visibility from each cab with a tape measure to inspecting differences in hood and track designs, they examined each machine from top to bottom.
- Operators jumped in the cab and made at least three passes around the field, increasing in speed from 5 mph to 6 mph and then 7 mph.
- Operators then switched machines and followed the procedures above, pulling the same implement to establish a baseline. While driving, operators recorded fuel usage, slippage and power from the in-cab monitor(s).
- Following the test drive, operators assigned numerical ratings to both tractors for ride quality, ease of control, visibility, in-cab noise, ease of cab entry and serviceability. They were also asked to share feedback about their experience and impressions of each piece of equipment on camera.
The test drive was held in a field that was part of the Conservative Reserve Program (CRP). Ground conditions were extreme — it’d been a decade since the field had been tilled or planted into and large rocks were scattered throughout.
In the end, all 10 producers favored the Steiger Quadtrac. Don’t believe us? Take advice from Jon Bunkers, a track tractor operator from Chester, South Dakota, and try the Steiger Quadtrac for yourself.
“I would tell them to try it for themselves. You can hear people talk, but it doesn’t mean anything until you do it yourself,” said Bunkers.
Watch this video for an overview of the event. Stay tuned for more blog posts about the event. We’ll share more about the producers involved and break down the tractors feature-by-feature in upcoming posts.
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