More rows. More maneuverability. More stability during transport. And more frame flexibility. Growers get more of everything with the new 36-row and 32-row Case IH Early Riser 1260 planters, including more configurations: The 36-row model is available in 20-, 22- and 30-inch rows, the 32-row planter has 30-inch rows.

Thanks to a new front-fold design, the 1260 transports as narrow as 13-feet 8-inches. While the new, steerable rear axle option helps the 1260 follow the same path as the tractor during turns.

“When we interviewed Case IH customers, they told us they needed to cover more ground, but also wanted more maneuverability in the field and during transport,” says Alan Forbes, Case IH planter marketing manager. “With the patented rear steering axle, when you turn into a field, your planter can trail the same path as your tractor. So you don't have to stop and reposition to avoid dropping your rear tires in a ditch.”

Forbes cites the 1260's new dual-purpose wing gauge wheels as another smart design feature farmers will appreciate. “You need gauge wheels on the wings for flotation,” he says, “So why not use them as transport wheels, too? Instead of hanging in the air doing nothing as the machine trails down the road, Case IH engineered these castering wheels to improve stability during transit.” The result: A Case IH Early Riser 1260 planter tows like a trailer, with much less weight on the hitch.

“Most big planters typically have upwards of 14,000 pounds on the hitch, with no support wheels on the ground between the rear tires and the hitch. That's a lot of load, so you may have to add ballast to the tractor,” Forbes explains. “Our new 1260 36-row 30-inch planter puts just 3,240 pounds on the hitch, and only 2,240 pounds with the 36-row 22-inch configuration. That's more than four times less weight on the hitch than competitors. That saves a lot of wear and tear on your tractor, as well as a lot of fuel, and makes transport much easier.”

The new scissor-hitch is another smart design feature on the 1260 planters. This dual-purpose hitch lifts the toolbar to the level position and automatically captures and locks in the wings, without any additional steps or effort. According to Forbes, “A unique element of this design is the fact that in transport mode, the wings are captured horizontally, but vertical travel is not restricted. So the wings are allowed to walk up and down and the frame flexes as you cross rough terrain.”

Both the wing and carrier wheels on the 1260 planters are walking tandem wheels, for improved stability and better ground-following ability. And similar to the smaller Early Riser front-fold planters, the new 1260 models have an outer wing flex of 20 degrees upward and downward for great flexibility. “That's flexibility to follow the ground contours, even in the roughest terrain,” Forbes adds.

With the pneumatic down pressure control option on the new Case IH 1260 planters, the operator can adjust the pressure up or down from the comfort of the cab. “You don't have to head for the hitch or pull a bunch of iron into the back of your cab,” Forbes says. “Just push a button on your Case IH AFS Pro 600 monitor.”

The new AFS AccuRow control option — which allows automatic row shut-off based on GPS — also is controlled from the AFS Pro 600. “Seed is more expensive than ever,” Forbes says. “With AFS AccuRow control, you get automatic overlap control, saving you seed and fuel, especially on point rows and irregular fields. And everything is controlled from a single monitor. Your cab stays clean.”

In addition, growers can adjust seeding rates from the cab, with the push of an up or down arrow on the Case IH AFS Pro 600 display. “And if you're using GPS and want to write prescriptions that automatically increase or decrease seed rates in certain parts of your field, your AFS Pro 600 will handle that, too.”

The front-fold toolbar was designed by Case IH engineers to be rugged, resilient, and ideally matched with Early Riser row units. “Our field-proven, industry-exclusive Early Riser row units provide superior seed-to-soil contact, for earlier, more even emergence,” Forbes says.

Another industry exclusive on the new Early Riser 1260 front-fold planters: The Case IH Advanced Seed Meter system. This highly advanced vacuum meter system features a larger diameter, slower turning seed disk, providing unmatched seed placement accuracy for a wide range of seed sizes, regardless of seed type, even at faster than normal speeds.

For more information, call 1-877-4CASEIH or visit http://www.caseih.com.