Machinery: Productive foraging for New Holland
New Holland is breaking new ground with the FR Forage Cruiser
The latest self-propelled forage harvester (SFPH) from New Holland, the FR Forage Cruiser, features horsepower ratings ranging from 476 to 775hp, with the top model retaining a massive 20.1 litre engine. The new five-model line-up offers superior comfort in the spacious flagship cab, enabling contractors to make the most of the forage harvester's impressive productivity.
New Holland claims the FR Forage Cruiser features the largest cutter head in the industry - both in width and diameter. A chevron knife design chops cleanly, quickly and uniformly. The cutter head is available in five configurations to match the specific chopping requirements, giving a length of cut selection range of just 2mm up to 35mm.
The feed roll drive system enables the operator to adjust the length of cut to match crop conditions on the go.
The new FR Forage Cruiser spout now features full-length replaceable top and side liners, a new hard-faced flipper, a stronger flipper cylinder and improved spout base lubrication. Efficiency can be further increased by automating trailer filling with the spout guidance system. This guides the crop accurately into the trailer whatever the weather conditions, time of day or type of trailer.
All models of the new FR series feature engines developed by FPT Industrial. The two smaller models run versions of the proven Cursor 13 engine tuned to the constant high loads experienced when harvesting forage. The FR650 and FR780 mount the new Cursor 16 engine.
Tuning specific to forage harvesting delivers almost instantaneous transient response, making the Forage Cruisers able to handle sudden changes in load without stopping or plugging.
The combined effect of the new Cursor engines and the exhaust emissions technology enables the new FR models to use up to 21pc less fuel than the equivalent Tier 3 model at the same length of cut. Field tests carried out by the DLG German Agriculture Society show that the FR650 model delivers best in class fuel efficiency of 0.5 litres/ton chopping at 8mm in maize.