Farm Ireland

Tuesday 23 April 2019

Is this the most expensive machine at the Ploughing?

David Doyle

It’s impossible not to be drawn in from the shine off a tractor, silage harvester or sprayer, but there is only one question on everyone’s mind while strolling around the stands. How much does it cost?

And what was the most expensive machine on display at this year’s National Ploughing Championships?

Walking around it catches you eye from a distance, it always has a crowd around it and is probably the size of your granny’s house back home. The 7360 Beta combine harvester from Massey Ferguson.

This monster machine will set you back massive €300,000.

But let’s break that figure down. The main body of the combine, this is from the where the grain enters the threshing process to exiting as straw out the back end, this alone costs €258,500.

Depending on what part of the country you’re from and what size gate ways are on our farm will be the next most expensive design you will have to make if you make the bold move to invest. A six meter header will set you back another €24,500.

The combine on display that you see at the ploughing was brought in from the UK especially for the show. This is all part of Massey Ferguson's big drive on in Ireland at the moment to try claw back some of the market share.

All manufacturing for the combine harvesters for Massey take place in the old Laverda tractors factory in Vicenza in Italy.

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How Massey Ferguson market their range of combines is quite simple A, B, C and D. A for Activa this is the entry level combine. B for Beta mid-range, simply and Activa with a lot more bells and whistles as standard. Centora a much bigger combine getting into the heavy hitters and D for the Delta the premium combine range, which are in wide use on the continent. In Ireland the main combine running is the Activa.

The 7360 is the baby of the Beta range. It’s a 300 horse power combine, with 9000L of a grain tank capacity. Massey pride themselves on the simplistic design of their combines. Simple to work and simple to fix. Inside it has a standard drum and concave with a rear beater and a secondary drum unit for maximum efficiency in tough harvesting conditions. 

The combine is built on a chassis unlike a lot of the other competitors. This means simply, if you get stuck attaching a chain and pulling is no problem and with Irish summers this is big selling factor of the machine.

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