Deutz-Fahr's new harvester harks back to models of old
New five-walker 6040 combine sticks to the principles that made older models popular in Ireland
For anyone travelling to the Cereals 2011 event in the UK, among the exhibits to be seen on the Same Deutz-Fahr stand will be the company's new Deutz-Fahr 6040 combine harvester (alongside their top of the range 6090 HTS Balance combine).
This is a five-walker combine and the firm is keen to point out that it uses the well proven threshing system employed successfully in the other, bigger 60-series models.
In reality, this system goes all the way back to the likes of the Fahr 1600 (and maybe even further back), which, along with other Fahr combines of that era, was well respected on these shores.
Many made their way across from the UK for a new life here and were different to what Claas and New Holland offered in that they featured air-cooled engines and their grain returns system was very different in design.
Partially threshed heads of cereals were rethreshed by a pair of return fans on either side of the combine instead of being delivered by an elevator back to the main threshing drum and concave.
While Deutz-Fahr still manufactures air-cooled engines, emission regulations for noise and smoke do not allow such an oil burner to be fitted here.
The new Deutz-Fahr 6040 combine features a six-cylinder 222hp Deutz turbo-diesel engine, with common rail fuel injection and four valves per cylinder to help it perform without smoking. A 345-litre fuel tank supplies the liquid motivation for the 6040 (optional is a 450-litre tank).