Aug 12, 2012 by Scott Garvey

Case IH celebrates a Magnum milestone

25 years ago a very young Case IH
Corporation introduced the Magnum, the first new tractor line to be
introduced after that organization was created by joining Case and
International Harvester. The four models that first comprised the
Magnum Series were, like the new Case IH organization, itself, a
blending of the two brands.

The transaxle assembly that formed the
driveline from the engine back came from R&D work that had been
undertaken by IH before the merger. The body style was a blend of the
angular hood design Case had used since the introduction of the 70
Series, while the cab was reminiscent of the 86 Series IH tractors.
With the new Magnum, die-hard Case and IH customers could, it was
hoped, find something familiar in the new models to hold their
loyalty.

The Magnums were first introduced to
the public in 1987 and entered production in 1988. So, 2013 marks the
25th anniversary of the Series. To celebrate, Case IH is
drawing on an old IH tradition and building a limited production run
of 100 tractors with a unique paint scheme to mark the milestone.

On August 9th, managers at
Case IH pulled the wraps off one of the special edition tractors with
that red and silver livery during a three-day media event held near
the company’s headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin. To highlight the
advancements the line has seen since 1988, the new 25th
anniversary tractor was displayed alongside the second Magnum to roll
off the assembly line, a 7130. Bearing serial number 2, that 7130 is
the oldest Magnum in existence, because serial number 1 no longer
exists. The vintage Magnum is usually housed in the company’s museum
in Burr Ridge, Illinois.

One product marketing manager commented
that it wasn’t all that easy to get the old Magnum released from its
home for a day at the Racine fairgrounds for the photo op. That isn’t
surprising, given how special the old tractor is.

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oldest Magnum in existence poses
alongside a new 25th anniversary model

Aside from the obvious differences in
appearance, horsepower and technology, one fact helped highlight how
much things have changed in the last 25 years. Back in 1988, the 7130
had an MSRP of roughly U.S. $69,000. The new 340 retails for about
U.S. $320,000. Clearly, farmers today are playing for much bigger
stakes than they did 25 years ago.

In case you’re wondering, $69,000
Canadian dollars in 1988 would be worth about $117, 842.00 today when
adjusted for inflation, according to the Bank of Canada. Factoring in
U.S.-Canadian dollar exchange rates would vary the actual MSRP number
a little.

But given the performance of the
Magnums and how they’ve proven themselves over time, a $117, 842.00
price tag would still make the old 7130 good value for the money
today.

Scott

Scott Garvey

Scott Garvey


Grainews' machinery editor Scott Garvey follows trends and innovation in equipment technology, takes a look at new farm machinery offerings, tracks their performance and goes into the workshop to find better ways to keep them up and running.


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