Machinery Journal: Ready to Rumble

October 4, 2010 06:14 AM

The 2011 AGCO Corporation product lineup is designed to be rugged and sturdy, yet nimble enough to handle volatile weather conditions at planting or harvest.

FJ 063 F10360Great silver redesigned. The new Gleaner S7 Series transverse rotor combines are built to help large-scale producers harvest a higher number of acres with improved capacity and efficiency. Overall, the company redesigned more than 30 major items on these machines.

Designated as Class 6 and Class 7, the combines offer up to 390-bu. capacity, yet weigh only 31,000 lb.

“Last fall, in the toughest harvest in 25 years, its performance was fantastic, even under very wet conditions,” says Kevin Bien, AGCO product marketing manager for combines. The company field-tested the combine for three harvests prior to its unveiling.

The S7 Series is more fuel-efficient at higher horsepower ratings than previous models: Model S77 delivers 370 hp at 2,100 rpm with a power bulge at 1,950 rpm that jumps to 398 hp; Model S67 offers 314 hp at 2,100 rpm with a power bulge of 344 hp at 1,950 rpm.

Featuring the Tritura Processor, the overall diameter of the rotor has been increased from 25" to 30", which equals 48% more volume.

The S7 Series combines feature a fully welded frame and low center of gravity, which help eliminate flex and improve torque distribution. This, plus the machines’ light weight, contribute significantly to their agility and maneuverability regardless of field conditions and allow them to harvest and clean larger amounts of grain while leaving a lighter footprint across the field. The Gleaner S7 Series can be outfitted with new precision ag options from Topcon.

Price: $365,000, depending on the selected features.

FJ 062 F10360Added to the lineup. Entering the vertical tillage market, Sunflower introduces the 6630 vertical tillage system. Available in five models from 21' to 32', the Sunflower 6630 sizes and mixes plant residue to prepare the field for planting. The front gang features 22" SoilRazor VT blades, from Ingersoll Tillage Group, which are set at an 18° angle. The SoilRazor blades are designed to stay sharp as they wear. Built using the Sunflower disk harrow frame, tool features an overlapping front gang and staggered rear gang. The Sunflower 6630 can be operated up to 8 mph, which is faster than conventional disk harrows.

List price range: $43,900 to $58,990.

Tough tillage tool. The redesigned Sunflower 1550 Series disk harrow is built to cover more acres and break through tough field conditions. This five-section harrow features duplex wing hinges and walking triple tandems, which are industry firsts.

This disk harrow spans 50', but folds to 18' wide and 14' high for transport. The duplex wing hinge design allows the tool to be more flexible and maneuverable. The 50' Sunflower 1550 weighs 33,300 lb., or more than 600 lb./ft.

The lower hinge, closest to the blades, allows for more flex, so disk gangs work together. It also helps maintain proper blade spacing and provides more down flex, allowing the disk harrows to contour to the terrain and establish a consistent seedbed for uniform crop emergence.

The walking triple tandems pass field obstacles with the front and middle wheels and then the middle and back wheels. The design works like a conventional walking tandem but
allows for 50% more weight-carrying capacity. Price: $110,000.

FJ 063 F10360 2Powerful application. AGCO is rolling out five new RoGator high-clearance, post-emergence
applicators that use an advanced drive system with two-piece construction: a hydraulic motor and a separate gear reduction hub. This system allows for smoother shifting, better acceleration and lower engine speeds (1,950 rpm compared to 2,100 rpm) during transport.

Productivity is priority one. Terra-Gator Models 6303 and 8303 will pair AGCO’s continuously variable transmission (CVT) with the TerraGator Management System, which matches engine and transmission to the optimum fuel-efficiency setting for the ground speed selected by the operator. The new TerraGators are also outfitted with cab improvements.
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