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Supersizing for the future

01/12/2011 @ 10:50am

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.

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