ROLLINGSTONE, Minn. – There are high expectations for a new Case IH Maxxum 125 at Marxhausen Dairy.
The owners expect the 2014 model to meet their needs for a reliable TMR tractor that runs about eight hours every day. They also expect the Maxxum will be fuel-efficient, and have plenty of power to pull the TMR mixer on southeast Minnesota’s hilly roads in rain and snow.
With Kalmes Implement located in nearby Altura, the Marxhausens are confident their recent tractor purchase is a good one.
“We stay local as much as we can,” said Tim Marxhausen. “If you don’t support businesses locally, the small town stores fizzle out and that’s it.”
Tim is a partner with his parents, Eugene and Lois Marxhausen, who purchased their dairy farm in March 1968.
It’s always been Tim’s goal to produce quality milk and dairy products for consumers. The Marxhausens are also dedicated to providing cow comfort and maintaining a farming lifestyle.
Their dairy includes four farm sites that house about 560 head of milking cows, dry cows, heifers and steers in Winona County. About 260 cows are milked three times a day and the milk is purchased by Land O’ Lakes.
The Marxhausens also raise corn and alfalfa for feed.
They generally mix nine batches of TMR feed daily.
Many years ago, they had a young employee start working at the farm right out of high school. His duties included running the TMR mixer and feeding the herd. His tractor had a cab, but no heat or air conditioning.
“We asked if he was planning on staying, and he said yes, so about six months into it, we found an Allis Chalmers 8010 and bought it,” said Eugene, adding that the employee stayed with the farm for more than 12 years.
Allis Chalmers built the 8010 during 1981-1985, but the Marxhausens ran their 8010 much longer. They traded it to Kalmes Implement in 2010 with about 16,000 hours on it.
Jay Scherbring, sales manager and co-owner at Kalmes, sold them a new 2010 Case IH Maxxum 125 tractor as a replacement.
It was another good TMR tractor, but Scherbring encouraged them to consider selling it in May 2014, and purchasing a new model.
The 3,400-hour Maxxum 2010 model still had good resale value.
“The reasoning is that right now the interest rates are so low, and the Maxxum they traded in was at its highest value for the resale market,” said Scherbring. “The motivation was to keep the tractor updated, because of the hours they are putting on it vs. having something that is completely wore out.
“It was a big number to get to that 2010 tractor, whereas what they did in 2014 was a more manageable number with the highs and lows of the dairy market.”
The new 2014 Maxxum 125 has a slightly updated cab and control dashboard. It has a Tier 4A engine that uses diesel and diesel exhaust fluid.
“It’s going to be more efficient, which is a big deal,” said Scherbring. “The fuel savings is an added incentive.”
Engine Power Boost provides an additional 25 horsepower for hauling feed from farm to farm.
“When I saw it has a little bit of horsepower increase for pulling some of the hills, that made me stay with that same model, because with the newer engines, everything is tweaked a little bit more efficiently and I figured instead of going to another model, I’ll stick with what I have, and we can do a little more work with the same tractor,” said Tim.
The Marxhausens invested in the Standard Maxxum to meet their TMR tractor needs because there were not a lot of extra cropping or computer features needed.
The Standard has a basic on/off hydraulic system compared with a crop tractor that can include the high-end pressure flow compensator that only uses as much oil as needed.
The Maxxum Multi-controller tractor for crop farming allows the grower to run four hydraulic features at the same time to complete multiple functions.
“On a TMR, you open and close a door – you might run a discharge for a couple of minutes, which this hydraulic system is more than capable of completing,” said Scherbring.
While Tim was the first person to drive the new tractor delivered on June 2, 2014, he knows he will rarely drive it in the future.
A long time ago, the Marxhausens decided they wanted to have a reliable tractor for the employees who feed the livestock.
They hope the opportunity to drive a brand new and comfortable Case IH Maxxum will provide a good work experience for all involved. R