Wimmera plays host to Aussie launch of new Case IH harvesters
01 Mar 2019
The switch is about to be flicked on a new era in combine harvesting technology and productivity in Australia, with the release of the Case IH 50 series Axial-Flow® combines.
The new 150 Series and 250 Series will both have their Australian launch at next week's Wimmera Machinery Field Days (March 5-7), a chance for the tens of thousands of visitors to see just what makes this new series so special.
"The upgrades in this latest 250 series focus on improving the productivity of the combine as well as the operator. There are a number of new automated features that assist in maximising the efficiency and performance of the combine, which in turn optimises grain quality and grain savings. Ease of operation has also been enhanced, meaning operators of all experience levels can make the most of their time in the cab," said Case IH ANZ Product Manager for Hay and Harvest, Tim Slater.
"No matter the conditions and whatever the crop type, the consistency in performance of this new series is what sets it apart."
Enhancements including 2-speed electric shift ground drive transmission, more simply adjustable rotor cage vanes, improved feeder house design and the optional AFS Harvest Command™ combine automation system.
The Australian market will welcome the 7250, 8250 and 9250 models from the 250 series range, and the 7150 from the 150 Series.
Alongside new-look styling, standard features on the 250 series include:
- Enclosed hydraulic powered disc brakes;
- New front axle and final drives;
- Scalable MFH speed control;
- Improved AHHC control logic;
- New Ground Speed Adaptive Sensitivity (GSAS) – automatically adjusts AHHC sensitivity with speed; and
- New in-cab adjustable pre-sieve.
"No matter the conditions and whatever the crop type, the consistency in performance of this new series is what sets it apart" - Tim Slater, Case IH Australia/New Zealand
The 250 Series comes with a range of options as well, including new technology in the shape of AFS Harvest Command automation, which utilises 16 sensor inputs to continuously monitor the machine and adjusts seven different settings to maximise combine performance.
Operators can manage this new technology through the in-cab AFS Pro700 display, and it can be set to suit the level of experience of the operator, as well as the crop condition and type, and harvesting conditions.
Tim said it was not designed to replace a skilled operator, it was instead about maintaining the 250's focus on consistency.
"AFS Harvest Command is about ensuring the high-performance levels are sustained as conditions change during the harvest operation, with the combine adjusting its settings to react to the changes. It also means the operator is less concerned about losses, fan speed and rotor speed, allowing for a greater focus on other aspects of the machine's operation," Tim said.
"Making this model more 'user-friendly' for anyone who gets in the cab, no matter how experienced they are, has been a design focus for the 250. The AFS Harvest Command assists experienced operators enhance the results they're already achieving, while helping less experienced ones get up to speed more quickly," he said.
The Axial-Flow has been part of the Case IH stable for more than 40 years and broke new ground when it was first introduced to the market. Today, the 250 Series continues this tradition of innovation while maintaining the qualities that have made the Axial-Flow a market-leading combine across the globe: performance, durability and dependability," Tim said.
"It's a perfect fit for Australian conditions and we're excited to introduce this new generation Axial-Flow to the local market."
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