New Axial-Flow owners go to Case IH Combine School
30 Oct 2014
With harvest just around the corner, new owners of Case IH Axial-Flow® combine harvesters attended the annual Case IH Combine School in Sydney to learn how to get the most from their equipment.
Seven school sessions were held during September at Case IH’s Australian headquarters in St Marys. First-time owners of the 230 Series Axial-Flow combines travelled from as far as Geraldton and Esperance in Western Australia, and even New Zealand, to get first-hand knowledge of their harvester’s features and operation, prior to starting work in the field.
Case IH Axial-Flow combines set the industry benchmark for operator comfort and productivity. The combines are suited to all types of crops and paddock sizes, and with fewer drive components they are also simple and reliable to use.
The Case IH Combine School gives new operators an understanding of the machine controls, the adjustments available and the anticipated result of the adjustments, as well helping them become familiar with the basic maintence of the machine. The setup and operation of yield mapping and AccuGuide through the AFS Pro 700 are also covered.
“To be able to give new Axial-Flow 230 Series owners a good introduction to the machine in a relaxed environment gives them a sense of familiarity when the pressure of harvest begins,” said Tim Slater, Case IH Product Manager of Harvest Equipment.
“The Axial-Flow puts the most commonly used controls within reach, with a multifunction propulsion handle. It has a display for monitoring yield, and you have guidance control in the cab – including the grain tank extensions.”
The Case IH Combine School has been running at the company’s training centre for over 10 years.
“In two days, course participants were shown how to set up for pre-harvest and in-field work, and to calibrate the yield monitor – so they should be able to better control their harvest and track valuable data,” he said. “They also all enjoyed meeting fellow Axial-Flow owners.”
The Case IH Combine School has been running at the company’s training centre for more than 10 years and hundreds of combine owners have attended. According to Tim Slater, the course is a key point of difference for customers who decide to trade in other brands.
“Giving customers a great introduction to their new machine is very important to Case IH. While the Axial-Flow is designed to be very operator-friendly, it is still valuable for people to learn how to get the best out of the machine before they take it into the paddock.
“This is especially true for people who have come out of other brands of combines. We sometimes hear that that customers are taken aback by the number of controls available on the multifunction propulsion handle – but when they see how easy it is to use they really enjoy driving the Axial-Flow.”
About 30 agronomy students from Sydney University also attended the Combine School on September 26, where they were able to get up close to the latest Axial-Flow combines and some of Case IH’s other leading equipment.
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