Developed to match the requirements of 12m Controlled Traffic Farming (CTF) systems, the use of which is increasing on farms throughout Europe, the new 12.5m Case IH 3050 VariCut header will be seen for the first time in the UK on the Case IH stand at LAMMA.
This unique header, which follows the trend towards ever-larger working widths and makes optimum use of the high threshing capacities of the latest Axial-Flow combines, features a number of new developments and innovative techologies. These include a rugged frame, double-floor design and one-piece reel. This incorporates a patented reel protection system, which avoids contact between the reel and knife, particularly during knife extension or retraction, while the angle of the reel tines can be adjusted without tools. Case IH engineers have also improved the Field Tracker system, which uses four sensors that enhance the header’s ability when working on hillsides and uneven terrain.
The new VariCut features are designed to ensure that the engine, threshing and cleaning systems of Axial-Flow combines operate at full capacity and efficiency, paving the way for fewer passes, reduced turnaround time and – in conjunction with the track systems available for the front axles of Case IH Axial-Flow combines – markedly lower soil pressure and improved sustainability.
The new six-model range of Case IH Axial-Flow combine harvesters comprises three ‘130 Series machines, the 5130, 6130 and 7130 from 299hp to 415hp, together with the larger ‘230 Series combines, the 7230, 8230 and 9230 from 449hp to 571hp. All are powered by efficient Case IH FPT Tier 4 SCR engines which deliver an average fuel saving of 10% over Tier 3 power units.