Don't forget Gleaner.
Steve Webb, a Team FINer from Needham, IN, says the new combine he is most interested in seeing is the Gleaner.
“Gleaner got it right a long time ago,” Webb says. “They have reputation for quality, so I'm curious about what they'll do that's new this year.”
Webb's sentiments reflect many farmers' affinity to a brand that has been an industry leader for generations.
The new Gleaner R65 and R75 will continue to use the transverse rotor, designed so that material flows efficiently through the combine with less kernel damage. The system offers thorough threshing and 360 degrees of rotary separation.
The new machines have a larger cab, eight halogen lights and a larger door. There's an air suspension seat and easier-to-use fingertip controls.
A redesigned Pacer Grain monitor has nine readouts that help control loss and verify grain flow to the 330-bu. grain tank. The combines are Fieldstar ready for precision ag applications using the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) signal. The Fieldstar yield sensor and the grain moisture/temperature sensor monitor the crop and collect row data on crop conditions. An optional Flexlog system collects operation data on engine function and performance.
The R65 has a QSC Cummins engine with 285 hp at 2,200 rpm. The R75 uses the Cummins M11 engine and produces 330 hp at 2,100 rpm. A high-torque, split hydrostatic drive has four speeds. Field speeds range from 0 to 10.48 mph. Fourth gear is for road transport up to 21 mph.
The Gleaners will continue to use an all-welded mainframe and rust-resistant, silver-painted galvanized steel skin. The list price of the R65 ranges from $184,000 to $205,000. The list price of the R75 ranges from $204,000 to $226,000. Contact AGCO Corp., Dept. FIN, 4205 River Green Pkwy., Duluth, GA 30096, 800/767-3221, or visit www.agcocorp.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.