Claas kicked off its 100th year of harvesting by giving a sneak peek of its Lexion 780 combine, its largest to date. This Class 10 combine, available this fall, features a new Tier 4i-compliant engine that produces up to 590 hp with the power savings offered by a new dynamic cooling system. A redesigned feeder-house drive can handle the demands of larger chopping corn heads. Claas officials expect the throughput to be even larger than the record it set earlier of 5,300 bu./hr. with its 760 combine. Suggested list price: $757,000. Visit Claas.com
Hesston by Massey Ferguson has developed a new concept header that can harvest biomass crops used in the production of fuel. The header is designed to work on a Hesston self-propelled windrower. Pricing is pending. Visit masseyferguson.us.
Tribine Industries has unveiled a prototype combine that integrates a 1,000-bu. grain cart in its design. Tribine, which developed the product, says this articulated unit is the “first fundamentally new harvester architecture since combines were made self-propelled in the 1940s” and introduces a number of efficiencies as a result. The grain harvester is currently being tested. Ben Dillon, the inventor and designer, says its price will be comparable to the price of a tractor and that of a grain cart combined. Visit tribine.com.
Case IH took the wraps off its new Patriot 2240 sprayer, a new Class 2 sprayer for smaller-acreage farmers and those who grow specialty crops. The Patriot 2240 sprayer is smaller and lighter, offers a narrower track spacing than the larger Patriot models, and has more ground clearance than competitive sprayers in its class, the company says. List price: $202,443. Visit caseih.com
Gary Hamilton, marketing manager for AGCO-White Planters, says the company envisions a “smart planter” row unit that could anticipate field bounce and automatically adjust tractor speed to avoid it. The concept planter also would have soil sensors that would allow for on-the-go planting depth adjustments to optimize plant emergence. For more information, visit agcocorp.com.
Massey Ferguson introduces the 5600 Series of tractors, a mid-range offering rated 70 to 75 PTO hp. This new series consists of two models, the MF5609 and the MF5610, both of which are designed for loader work, hay production and general on-farm use. The tractors offer the performance, efficiency, comfort and ease of operation operators need to get jobs done. Additional models will be available later in 2013. Visit massey-ferguson.us.
The first quarter of 2013 brought a new outlay of high-tech products, some still in the “concept” stage.
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