Case IH is introducing two new axial flow combine ranges for 2015. The 240-series, comprising the 7240, 8240 and 9240, are substantially more powerful, while 140-series models - the 5140, 6140 and 7140 - feature increased throughput and productivity.
Designed to meet the demands of larger farms and contracting operations, the flagship 240-Series axial-flow models have been developed to the highest standards.
At their heart is Case IH's proven axial-flow single rotor technology, which provides all the benefits associated with this advanced concept, including thorough threshing, minimum losses, gentle grain handling and excellent grain quality.
When Case IH introduced the single-rotor combine in 1977 it revolutionised the agricultural industry and since then approximately 150,000 units have been put to work on farms around the world.
Increasing engine power and consistent development of the single rotor concept are just two of the features which have continually optimised the performance of these exceptional machines in high-yielding crops, under European conditions.
Featuring further improvements in engine power outputs, the 7240, 8240 and 9240 deliver 498hp, 571hp and 636hp respectively, compared with 449hp to 571hp for the 7230, 8230 and 9230 which they replace. All these models are powered by Cursor 16 engines, which were developed by Fiat.
Small in size, but with excellent performance and high power output, these engines are characterised by their gutsy power-to-weight ratio and efficiency, combined with low fuel consumption and emissions.
Complying with the latest emission standards, Cursor engines feature selective catalytic reduction and reduce emissions by 95pc, while further increasing performance, fuel efficiency and reliability.
They incorporate a number of other advanced features, including a new variable-speed cooling fan which always operates at the optimum speed to minimise power requirement and engine noise.
One of the key features of the 240 Series models is that, in addition to well-proven Case IH standard tracks which reduce ground pressure in soft field conditions, they also offer the option of fully-suspended tracks.
Available in widths of 610mm and 724mm, these feature four idlers which operate in two pairs. The design allows the tracks to adapt more accurately to ground contours, providing a much smoother, more stable ride, both in the field and on the road.
In addition to a larger ground contact area, which reduces ground pressure and actively supports the larger 14,400l grain tank, the new fully-suspended tracks also improve stability.
This ensures that even the widest headers remain level under the most difficult field conditions. The overall width on 610mm tracks remains under 3.5m.
Case IH Axial-Flow combines are also offered with the latest tyres from Michelin and Mitas, which utilise low pressures to support high cyclical loads.
This results in a large footprint and reduced ground pressure, even where large headers are used.
The 240-Series axial-flow combines have been designed to operate with the latest generation of Case IH headers, which optimise productivity and minimise grain losses.
While the 7240 can be specified with 6.1m, 7.6m or 9.2m headers, the 8240 can handle 7.6m, 9.2m, 10.7m and 12.5m headers, the 9240 headers from 7.6m to 12.5m wide.
Customers can choose from variable position knife headers, flexible knife headers, draper headers for cereal and pulse crops, pick-up headers for speciality crops and multi-row corn headers.
All are capacity-matched to each model to maximise productivity.