Celebration and Innovation

November 12, 2011 06:59 AM
Celebration and Innovation

New Holland marks a milestone—the 50th anniversary of its self-propelled forage harvester—and rolls out new combines, harvesting platforms and four-wheel-drive tractors.

"In the past year, we’ve focused on the rejuvenation of the New Holland brand. For example, we’ve cast a net to get our hay and forage customers involved in more lines of our equipment," says Abe Hughes, vice president of sales and marketing for New Holland North America. "We realigned our marketing group to get closer to our customers."

To allocate resources for this goal, New Holland took a look at its primary customer segments: cash crops; dairy and livestock; and residential, commercial, municipal and utility.

Eight new combines. The 2012 model year CR Series Twin Rotor combines and CX8000 Series Super Conventional combines are powered by Tier 4 Interim–compliant engines with ECOBlue selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems. Compared with previous models, these combines have increased fuel efficiency.

The CR Series has five models ranging from 360 hp to 523 hp. The CX8000 Series has three models. All model year 2012 CR and CX Series combines have the new IntelliView IV color touch-screen monitor display, which has a wider, 10.4" screen.

The combines can be equipped with two options for rock protection. The CR8090 and CR9090 models can feature the mechanical Dynamic Stone Protection system, which includes an 18"-diameter closed beater and stone trap module that mounts between the rotor frame and the feeder. All CR models can feature the Advanced Stone Protection system, which detects and ejects rocks to protect internal threshing components. The OptiSpread system is an option on the CR8080, CR8090 and CR9090 combines and mounts behind the straw chopper to evenly distribute chopped straw across the full header width.

Hardworking platforms. The 880CF SuperFlex draper head is available in cutting widths of 30', 35', 40' and 45'. The 30' and 35' heads feature a single-span, plastic-tine pickup reel; the 40' and 45' models use a dual-span reel with plastic tines. A patented, rubber spring flotation system allows the 880CF head to follow ground contours more closely. Variable-speed outer draper belts and fixed-speed twin 41.6" center draper belts deliver the crop smoothly to the floating 26" diameter auger. A flatter auger floor angle aids crop flow and can be adjusted up, down, fore and aft to match conditions.

The six-bat reel smoothly feeds crop to the cutterbar, which cuts cleanly, using three 3" guards and overserrated knife sections with 10 teeth per inch. Reel sensors provide for easy return-to-cut after each pass. A shorter skid shoe design reduces weight and allows the cutterbar to cut closer to the ground for better flexing. The hydraulicn center knife drive system uses a patented single gearbox mounted under the center draper to drive both knife assemblies to distribute weight evenly, neutralize header vibration and provide smooth cutting action.

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New Holland T9.670

Expanded tractor footprint. To meet current emission regulations, T9 Series tractors are powered by Tier 4a Cursor engines with ECOBlue SCR technology. The T9.390 model has a 9-liter engine and the T9.450, T9.505, T9.560, T9.615 and T9.670 models have a 13-liter engine, both from Fiat Powertrain Technologies. The company is launching SmartTrax, a new track design for the articulated four-wheel-drive models that is available for installation at the dealership. All T9 models can be outfitted with Comfort Ride cab suspension and feature the SideWinder II console and IntelliView III touch-screen display. T9 Series tractors come with a standard 42-gal.-per-minute (gpm) pump or a high-flow, 57-gpm hydraulic pump; either system can add a 56-gpm MegaFlow pump for 113 gpm on high-flow implements.

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