Case IH is gearing up for the fall farm shows and is starting to trickle out news and information about upcoming new products. The new 240 series of combines for 2015 were announced this week offering larger grain tanks, bigger engines and even more fuel capacity.
In a press release announcing the line, Nathan Weinkauf comments: "As producers continue to achieve more yield per acre, Case IH combines match their capacity for even more efficient harvesting. The new Axial Flow 7240, 8240 and 9240 combines with larger engines deliver more power, more grain in the tank and more hours of uninterrupted operation." Weinkauf is NAFTA combine marketing manager.
The new combines feature engines using Selective Catalytic Reduction that meets Tier 4 final engine emissions standards. The company's approach is an SCR-only design that's patented.
Here are key features for the new line:
Larger grain tank: The 8240 and 9240 now feature a 410-bushel grain tank. The larger tank is mated to an auger with an unload rate of 4.5 bushels per second. Those bigger tanks are matched with higher load-rated tires for that added weight too.
Increased fuel economy and capacity: With the new combustion process the new models offer improved fuel efficiency. The increased fuel tank capacity on all 240 series combines is designed to allow a full day of harvesting without refilling. A newly designed engine cooling system and vacuum aspirated rotating wand on the stationary air screen are designed for cooler operation and optimum engine efficiency.
More power: The engines are tuned for maximum horsepower, according to Case IH. The power plants will also have "very high levels of power rise, which ensure producers can unload on the go without slowing down," according to a media release.
Ease of operation: Case IH uses continuously variable transmission drives for efficient power transfer at the rotor and the feeder in the combine. With the bigger engines and up to 75-hp power rise, the CVT drives can handle the demand, the company reports. The CVT drive allows the operator to reverse the rotor to easily "de-slug" the machine. The CVT control of the feeder offers patented header to feeder ground speed control.
Added options: New 2015 combines come pre-wired for a new camera kit that can be factory, or dealer, installed. Other options include 30-inch tracks for specialty crop harvesting, and a ladder extension.
You can learn more about the new combines at caseih.com/axial-flow.