30 Series built to deliver


Case IH is celebrating 35 years of unique Axial-Flow combine harvester technology with the launch of the next generation - the 30 Series Axial-Flow.

With three models in the 130 Series and three models in the 230 Series, the new range will see growers benefit from enhanced power and in-field performance and reduced fuel consumption.

"While the new Axial-Flow range remains true to its founding principles of simplicity, crop adaptability, grain savings and grain quality, we've worked hard to build on our technology for improved productivity and performance in field," Case IH product manager, hay and harvest, Geoff Rendell said.

"The 30 Series is testament to this with its Axial-Flow combine rotor featuring optimised geometry for improved threshing results. Thanks to the new shape, the sensitivity of the standard settings has been reduced for all crops, while threshing performance in specialty crops has been boosted, without affecting straw quality."

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Importantly, the reputation that Axial-Flow has earned for low levels of cracked grain is set to continue.

All models in the new 30 Series are built to deliver exceptional fuel economy, along with responsive horsepower and enhanced productivity.

"Fitted with the proven FPT engine, the 30 Series offers low idle speeds of 660rpm to reduce fuel consumption when the combine is not under load," Geoff said.

"Field trials have shown fuel savings of up to 10 per cent, which is a significant saving for growers."

When it comes to engine power, capacity ranges from 6.7 litres on the 5130 to 8.7 litres on the 6130 and larger model 7130. The 230 Series ranges from an 8.7 litre engine on the 7230 to 12.9 litres on the 8230 and the 9230 model.

Power has been increased over the previous range, with the 130 Series ranging from 275 hp on the 5130 model, 322hp on the 6130 and 350hp on the 7130.

Across the 230 Series, power ranges from 382hp on the 7230 to 500hp on the 9230.

"The top-of-the-range 7230, 8230 and 9230 models are built for maximum productivity.

Header width ranges from 7.6m to 13.7m, with the 7230 featuring the same size cleaning area as the larger 8230 and 9230 models," Geoff said.

"The self-levelling cleaning system is standard, with grain tank capacity on the 230 Series models among the highest in their class at 12,330 litres on the 8230 and 9230. Optional in-cab controlled grain-bin extensions can be ordered for 2012."

Improvements have also been made across the entire series to ensure easy set up for changing conditions. Settings are adjustable at the touch of a button to enable adaptability between varying crops and conditions.

"Auto Crop Setting varies rotor RPM, cleaning fan RPM sieve clearance and threshing gap automatically, depending on the crop type selected," Geoff said.

With lightweight threshing and separation concaves easily accessible and easy to change, the 30 Series can take on any crop.

"Add on equipment is also available for rice harvesting," Geoff said.

To further add to the versatility, the self-levelling cleaning system can compensate for angles of up to 13 per cent, making it easy to harvest on hilly slopes.

For unloading on the go, the length of the new unload auger system on the 7230, 8230 and 9230 has been increased to ensure a comfortable distance is maintained between the header and chaser bin. The new impressive 9.3m unloading auger is designed for 13.7m header widths.

The new range also comes with a standard grain tank and unload system featuring a dual drive for the cross augers and unload tube augers.

This feature enables operators to turn off the grain cross augers independently of the unloading and vertical and horizontal augers.

The dual drive allows operators to disengage the grain tank cross augers and fully empty out the unloading auger.

For high moisture and tough unloading crops, the dual drive comes into its own, allowing operators to reduce the associated unloading auger weight and start-up stress.

Operator comfort is a given with the 30 Series delivering the quietest cab on the market.

In addition, all models incorporate the state-of-art AFS Pro 700 display for yield monitoring, machine and guidance control.

"The AFS Pro 700 is compatible with all Case IH equipment, so it can be transferred from the combine to the tractor or sprayer with ease," Geoff said.

The 30 Series is set to hit Australia in May 2012.

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