Introduced in Europe and Canada last summer, the sleek, yellow, Euro-styled New Holland CR series twin-rotor combine is coming to America. Though the traditional New Holland color in the U.S. is blue, the company has decided to keep the original European yellow to maximize visual impact.
The CR uses twin rotors to separate most of the grain up front before it reaches the sieves. New Holland says the CR combines will be unmatched in threshing, separating and cleaning throughput. Although we'll have to wait for that claim to be tested in field and farm show trials this fall, the performance promise is backed by experience.
Sperry-New Holland introduced the first twin-rotor system in 1975. The current design is a continued evolution of that technology, using two rotors spinning in opposite directions to move the crop rearward in a spiraling motion against threshing and separating grates.
The CR has a 95-cu.-ft. Harvest Suite cab. There's excellent visibility all around the cab. Controls are contained in a multifunction handle on the right armrest. Noise level inside the cab is a low 74 db during operation.
An Advanced Stone Protection system electronically detects and kicks out rocks before they can get into the machine far enough to cause damage.
A Self-Leveling Cleaning system keeps crop material from bunching up, so less grain gets lost out the back. It is effective on up to a 17% slope.
Upgraded heads include a new 12-row corn head with plastic composite snouts. The 98C corn head uses a unique low-profile point design to get under downed corn. An electronic Terrain Tracer helps heads follow ground contours. With the one-lever, left-side head-latching system, you can quickly connect the head without kneeling on the ground. A hydraulic multi-coupler allows one-step quick connect and disconnect for all hydraulic functions.
An easily calibrated yield monitor and preset programs for various crops and conditions let you fine-tune combine performance on the go. There are 14 default crop settings.
Offset kingpin steering geometry reduces turning radius, even though the wheelbase of CR combines is 14 in. longer than that of previous models. The design allows more clearance to the frame and a sharper steering angle.
A 6-cyl., intercooled diesel engine has 4 valves per cylinder on the CR960 and CR970 engines. The machines, except the CR920, are electronically managed to shift power when needed, so there's no need to slow down when unloading. Unloading rate is 3 bu./sec.
Four CR models will be available in the U.S.: CR920, 255 hp, 205 bu.; CR940, 295 hp, 255 bu., with 300 bu. optional; CR960, 330 hp, 300 bu.; and CR970, 370 hp, 300 bu. The highest horsepower version, the CR980 with 425 hp, is currently available only in Europe. Prices for U.S. models range from $164,690 to $279,542.
Case IH next
Because the CR is a CNH product, you can expect that a common-platform Case IH combine won't be far behind. Preliminary reports are that the Case IH machine will be a single-rotor axial flow combine called the AFX. The new AFX will be produced along with the CR combine in Grand Island, NE. AFX combines will share design elements with the CR as well as the original Axial-Flow combine introduced by Case IH in 1977.