Case IH has unveiled new features on its latest Axial-Flow combines for 2013, including a redesigned cab and a folding auger with an industry-exclusive pivoting spout option, helping to make these high-output machines even more productive.
Case IH unveils new features on
Axial-Flow combines for 2013
Guided by feedback from farmers and contractors, Case IH has taken the largest and quietest cab in the industry and made it even better. Customers can also upgrade to an advanced ‘Luxury’ cab with an even higher level of specification.
“Our new, redesigned cabin has advanced even further to set the industry standard in convenience, comfort and ergonomics, and provides the operator with an office in the field,” says August von Eckardstein, marketing manager for Axial-Flow combines in Europe.
New cab features
A slim Multifunction Propulsion Handle puts all key controls within a finger’s reach and an upgraded right-hand console with simple ergonomic controls and slide rail allows for adjustment of the AFS display, plus a cup-holder. Convenient storage locations have been added throughout and feature brushed-chrome styling in the Luxury cab.
Operators can keep in touch with an iPad or iPod connector, and a co-drivers seat opens to reveal a convenient, portable electric refrigerator to keep food and drinks cool.
Cab revisions create the ultimate operator environment
The operator’s seat has been lowered and has more seat travel giving greater legroom while a red leather Luxury cab seat option provides greater comfort. The infinitely-adjustable steering wheel provides maximum visibility without impairing the cutterbar view. Air ride suspension is standard on all 30 Series combines, while a semi-active air suspension seat is optional.
Unloading Made Simpler
New auger options make on-the-go unloading more comfortable and safer with wide headers, including a new High Capacity folding 8.8m auger for the widest headers. The new 8.8 m auger option is fully cab controlled and folds out to 95 degrees for clear visibility when unloading, access to the rear service deck is unaffected when folded and the auger is within the width of the combine side panels for easier transport and storage.
The new industry-exclusive pivoting spout option is available for all High Capacity unloading auger lengths. The operator can accurately adjust the grain stream by simply using the controls on the propulsion handle to position the spout precisely instead of repositioning the entire tractor and grain trailer. The risk of the tractor and trailer spilling grain or coming into contact with the header is reduced and, when laying straw swaths for baling, the tractor need not run on the rows.
The electrically-controlled auger spout boosts harvest efficiency by allowing perfect grain trailer filling. The new spout moves the grain stream by approximately 60cm to 90cm, while also providing a spill-proof grain saver feature. When the unloading auger is disengaged, the spout automatically and quickly pivots upwards to prevent any grain from dribbling out. In addition to this, it allows grain to be directed straight downwards to reduce wind-blow of light crop types.
Powered grain tank covers, controlled from the cab, reduce downtime when preparing for transport or harvest.
New unloading auger technology
New Enhanced Chopper and Chaff Spreader
improves trailer filling accuracy
Case IH chopper packages have been upgraded to include in-cab adjustment of the chopper counter knife bank with knife positions adjustable in four steps of 0% to 100% insertion. It is now possible to switch the combine from ‘chop’ to ‘swath’ in under a minute. No covers need to be opened and there is no need for the operator to work in the dust.
If the emergency stop button on top of the multi-function handle is pressed, the counter knife bank will fully retract, providing an additional measure to protect the chopper and counter knife against foreign objects. Less need to reset the counterknives manually means chop quality and even spreading are maintained. An enhanced chaff spreader option, which includes in-cab adjustment of the spread distance and distribution is available.
Efficient Power, Efficient Operation
From the feeding system to the patented Case IH AFX rotor with its concentric rotor cage design, Axial-Flow combines continue to create smooth crop flow, improving throughput and putting more high-quality grain in the tank.
“Case IH has been continuously improving the Axial-Flow with the AFX rotor and fuel-efficient Case IH FPT Tier 4 SCR engines, always setting the trend as a leader in harvesting,” says von Eckardstein. “Overall, the simple and reliable Axial-Flow design, with fewer moving parts, helps producers stay in the field over a wider range of crop conditions, helping protect both yields and quality.”