FARM EQUIPMENT REVIEW: August 2007
By Top Crop Manager
Combines and harvest
Over the last year, dozens of new models and designs of farm machinery have
been introduced by manufacturers. Many of you will have seen these introductions
at farm shows and in various industry announcements – but, can you remember
the details? This feature provides a reference for you. Peter Darbishire,
While Top Crop Manager editors make every effort to be objective
when reporting on new products, they cannot be held responsible for claims made
by companies. Readers are encouraged to contact the companies for more details.
Headers to match
New Holland's two new combine headers match the capacity and productivity of
both the new CR9000 Series Twin Rotor combines and CX8000 Series Super Conventional
combines. The 74C flexible cutterbar header is available in three cutting widths,
including a new 35 foot width. Each is equipped with a twin knife drive. The
74C offers a choice of 1.5 inch knives and guards (twin cut) or 3.0 inch knives
and guards. It also provides up to 4.5 inches of float and closely follows the
ground contour to pick up low-growing crops. The New Holland Terrain Tracer
header flotation system is standard equipment.
Terrain Tracer follows the ground contour in rough, uneven fields. It automatically
tilts the header laterally to follow the ground contour and raises the head
vertically. If the combine dips into a gully one wheel at a time or crosses
a deep tire track, the header remains on the ground to get all the grain. Terrain
Tracer is offered for all New Holland direct cut, auger type headers and corn
The 99C corn head gets under downed corn, picks it up and takes in less trash
for more combine capacity. It is available in eight row rigid, eight row folding
and 12 row rigid configurations. The divider snouts are constructed of smooth,
durable polyethylene. The slippery surface of the shields, fenders and points
allow for smooth, fast feeding so the operator can work at increased ground
speed. The polyethylene construction also absorbs impact so ears do not bounce
out of the corn head.
The 99C corn head features heavy-duty cast iron row unit gearboxes to drive
and support the stalk rolls. The stalk rolls are heat treated and straight fluted,
knife rolls are more aggressive feeding than a tapered stalked roll.
The shields on the 99C corn head flip up and out of the way for complete servicing
and easy transport. It is also easy to adjust the height of the points without
Threshing and separation system is wide
Designed for growers who want to harvest at faster speeds while maintaining
high quality grain and straw, Claas Omaha has introduced new straw walker technology
with the introduction of the Lexion 570 combine. It features six high performance
straw walkers and a 67 inch wide, award winning, Multifinger Separation System
(MSS) for improved threshing and separation of the grain. The 570, powered by
a 350 horsepower Cat engine, also features a high capacity grain cleaning system
with large sieves and a Lexion exclusive 280 bushel folding grain tank.
Rem Enterprises' new grain vacuum, the model 3700, moves product at 10,000 bushels
per hour (272 tonnes per hour), says the company. It features low noise volume
and pitch, adjustable and lockable air throttle and a directional exhaust. It
may be used to move grain from a long distance or be hooked directly up to a
Company figures show capacity of 109 to 136 tonnes per hour with 15 metres
of pipe at full bin load-out and 150 tonnes per hour with 11 metres of pipe
with a 20 centimetre bin sump. The exhaust incorporates an adjustable directional
swivel. The vacuum can be unfolded next to bins and features torsional suspension
for smooth high speed towing.
Storage and Handling
Buhler released two new products at the Western Canada Farm Progress Show in
Regina, Saskatchewan, and the Farm Progress Hay Expo in Westgate, Iowa.
The Buhler Farm King grain handling division introduced its 1035 conveyor,
the first conveyor designed and built at the factory in Morden, Manitoba. This
10 inch by 35 foot conveyor represents the first step in an expanding line of
It is an 'A' frame in-line conveyor with a 12 inch belt running in a 10 inch
tube. Capacity is rated at 3000 bushels per hour. Its overall length is 37 feet
and it can load to a bin height of 17 feet 6.0 inches at 30 degrees or 15 feet
5.0 inches at 25 degrees. Transport height is 11 feet.
Four fan types available
Westeel has added fans that can be used on both Westeel and competitive aeration
systems. The new line-up includes in-line centrifugal fans, axial blade fans
and both high and low speed centrifugal fans. Each fan type is ideal for specific
crop requirements and available in a range of horsepower options.