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Supersizing for the future

As growers face the pressure
to produce higher yields, they’re also faced with the challenges of harvest
such as more grain throughput, heavier plant material, tougher stalks and
stems, and the need to harvest in wet conditions. To help handle these
challenges, AGCO has introduced the Gleaner Super Series Class VI and Class VII
transverse rotor combines.

Building on the reputation
of its transverse rotor combines and the core technologies of its existing R6
Series, the new series promises industry-first features with more capacity for
today’s higher-yielding crops – without the added weight.

“During the past three
years, we’ve built on this solid foundation, joining engineering smarts with
field smarts to supersize the harvest capacity, capability, and efficiency of
our R6 Series machines to deliver all the performance without all the physical
size, weight, and complexity,” says Kevin Bien, combine product marketing
manager. “The result is the Gleaner S7 Series. At just 30,000 pounds, this
series is the lightest Class VI and VII rotary combines on the market.”

What sets these machines
apart are their industry-first features. For example, the S7 Series is powered
by the AGCO Sisu Power 8.4 CWA-4V liquid-cooled, turbocharged engine, which is
the first Tier 4 interim-compliant combine on the market. These combines also
boast better fuel efficiency at higher horsepower ratings than previous models
with deep power reserves. The S77 delivers 370 hp.; the S67 kicks out 314 hp.
The walk-in rear engine compartment is the industry’s largest, and the S77
features the largest standard grain bin (330 bushels) with an optional
390-bushel bin available on the S67 and S77.

Another first is Gleaner’s
Direct Flow two-auger unloader design, which features a 12-inch grain bin cross
auger that feeds a 14-inch unloader auger to deliver an average unloading rate
of 4 bushels per second.

At the heart of the machine
is the natural-flow feeding and two-stage cleaning. The 30-inch transverse
rotor offers 360˚ of surface area for more effective threshing and separating.
Unlike other rotary combines, the rotor is positioned transversely rather than
axially, which allows what the company calls natural-flow feeding.

To manage residue, the
standard chaff spreader blows chaff out the back of the combine using the high
volume of air passing below the accelerator rolls. An optional hydraulic chaff
spreader is available for even greater spreading.

“If you think you know Gleaner,
you’ll think again after checking out these new machines,” Bien says.

Prices range from $319,000
to $365,165. To learn more, contact your Gleaner dealer or visit
www.agcoiron.com.  

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