Machinery Journal - September 2018

August 22, 2018 02:11 PM
Machinery Journal - September 2018

Great Plains Unveils Four New Tillage, Planting Tools

Adding to its current lineup, Great Plains is offering two new planters, a drill and a disk for 2019.

The PL5500 planter is an eight-row machine that folds to a 9'9" width, narrower than many tractors. It’s equipped with Great Plains’ new Air-Pro Meter system with optional individual row control and newly designed 5000 Series row units. The planter can use dry or liquid fertilizer and requires less horsepower—as few as 115.

The versatile 16-row PL5800 planter can be configured between 15" and 36" rows in single- or twin-row arrangements. It also offers Air-Pro meters with optional individual row control, 5000 Series row units, WSMT3 control system with X35 fully ISO-compatible monitor, a new air delivery system and a simplified frame.

The ADC2352 air drill improves on its previous model for greater ease-of-use. Features include optional driver’s side auger, ground or variable-rate hydraulic drive, DrillCommand software that is fully ISO compatible, two tanks with 350-bu. total capacity and large tire options.

Clocking in at higher speeds, the Ultra-Disk mimics but improves upon European style disks. It features improved bearings, individual C-shanks, SpeedBlades and parallel gangs, which are stretched more than European models for better balance. The disk, offered in 26', 30' and 33' sizes, can be mounted with three choices of finishing attachments (MaxLift cast roller, a seedbed conditioner reel or a combined two-bar coil tines with seedbed conditioner reel).

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Fendt Ideal Combine Developed from Scratch

This summer, AGCO rolled out the first “clean-sheet” designed axial combine in 30 years. The Fendt Ideal is being field tested in North America this season. The 485-bu. grain tank is the industry’s largest. The Ideal Streamer 6.0 auger, which boasts the industry’s fastest unloading rate at 6 bu. per second, is standard on the Class 9 and optional on class 7 and 8 models. The Streamer 4.0 unloads at 4 bu. per second. Both require less power than older auger systems.

The larger redesigned rotor is gentler on the crop and straw. The new dual helix processor is 24" in diameter and nearly 16' long, almost 2' longer than the competition, which allows the materials to generate huge centrifugal force at a lower speed and remain in the rotor for longer. It also allows the combine to operate at a slower speed, requiring less power.

Curved return pans evenly spread grain for cleaning and improve efficiency using the full length of the threshing and separation chamber to distribute the crop evenly.

A single gearbox attached to the engine drives the processor, cleaning system, hydraulic pumps and header. The combine also uses fewer belts than other combines.

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Efficiency, Ease of Operation Headline Case IH Combines

Available for the 2019 season, Case IH expands its combine lineup with the new 50 Series.

The Case IH 250 Series includes three models—the 7250, 8250 and 9250. From the factory, the 250 Series is available with three levels of technology to fit varying operation needs. Standard on every combine is the automatic crop setting, which allows producers to customize and save preferred combine settings by crop on the Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) Pro 700 display. A second option, farmers can choose the optional feed rate control to more accurately control ground speed based on crop load, engine power and ground speed limits set by the operator. The third option is the AFS Harvest Command combine automation system. It uses 16 sensors to automatically adjust seven combine settings, reducing the need for operator monitoring and adjustment, depending on the level of automation selected.

Similar to cruise control, the new two-speed electric shift ground-drive transmission maintains ground speed up or down hills. It also reduces shifting by having one gear for harvesting and one for roading. In each gear, the operator can toggle between Hi and Lo ranges, which provides more control when extra traction or speed change is required.

The 410-bu. grain tank is coupled with unload rates of up to 4.5 bu. per second.

Also new from Case IH is the 150 Series that visually tips its hat to the company’s International Harvester heritage. The styling, paint scheme, side panel model decals and a white roof and rims are reminiscent of the first axial-flow combine brought to market in 1977.

While the appearance is a nod to the company’s rich heritage, everything else about the 5150, 6150 and 7150 models is focused on the future of combine technology. The 150 Series features increased capacity, horsepower and grain savings. The cross flow cleaning system increases productivity up to 20% and is the largest system in the industry for Class 5 to Class 7 combines. The clean grain elevator handles up to 5,000 bu. per hour. To manage residue, chopper options include the three-bladed discharge beater, the standard cut straw chopper and the six-row flail cut chopper.

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