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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Two new models are added to Fendt's forage harvester fleet

HYBRID: Merlo’s gold medal winning Turbofarmer telehandler means that, for the first time, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle will be offered for agricultural use with the option of switching the drive between electrical and diesel-electrical. In the electric mode, the 30 kWh lithium battery supplies the machine with energy – it works quietly and emission-free and can thus also be used in closed buildings. In the hybrid mode, the diesel engine operating at constant speed supplies the power for traction drive and charges the battery at the same time. This drive architecture makes it possible to halve the rated output of the diesel engine without restricting the effective work of the loader. In addition, during the low-load or idling phases that frequently occur in telehandler use, the drive can in turn be powered purely on electric, as a result of which the fuel costs and CO2 emissions, in conjunction with the downsized engine, can be reduced by up to 30pc. A further reduction in costs results from charging the plug-in hybrids from the electricity grid
HYBRID: Merlo’s gold medal winning Turbofarmer telehandler means that, for the first time, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle will be offered for agricultural use with the option of switching the drive between electrical and diesel-electrical. In the electric mode, the 30 kWh lithium battery supplies the machine with energy – it works quietly and emission-free and can thus also be used in closed buildings. In the hybrid mode, the diesel engine operating at constant speed supplies the power for traction drive and charges the battery at the same time. This drive architecture makes it possible to halve the rated output of the diesel engine without restricting the effective work of the loader. In addition, during the low-load or idling phases that frequently occur in telehandler use, the drive can in turn be powered purely on electric, as a result of which the fuel costs and CO2 emissions, in conjunction with the downsized engine, can be reduced by up to 30pc. A further reduction in costs results from charging the plug-in hybrids from the electricity grid
NEW FLEET : Series production of the new Fendt for age harvesters will begin next March and it will be available in limited numbers for the 2014 harvesting season
Derek Casey

Derek Casey

Fendt is extending its forage harvester fleet with the addition of two new models – the 850hp Katana 85 and 500hp Katana 50, launched at Agritechnica last week.

The 850hp Fendt Katana 85 is powered by a 21 litre, V12 MTU engine, with a larger radiator than the Katana 65 for extra cooling capacity. Developed along the same lines as the smaller Fendt Katana 65 forage harvester, the new machine is also equipped with a 720mm diameter cutting cylinder – the largest currently available on the market.

Fendt also continues with its strategy for the V-Cracker that employs individual V-shaped meshing discs on two parallel-running rollers, which provides twice the cracking length than that available from conventional rollers.

Meshing the discs together produces different speeds on their inside and outside, which results in highly efficient and thorough cracking of maize kernels. The discs can be replaced if necessary. Fendt claims a big advantage provided by its system is the ability to quickly change between grass and maize, and vice versa.

After activating the system on the Varioterminal, the V-Cracker is the quickly rotated back behind the discharge blower, electro-hydraulically and at the touch of a button in the maintenance area. At the same time, the grass chute is brought into position.

The Visio5 cab, developed specifically for the Fendt forage harvester, includes the familiar integrated 10.4in Varioterminal and joystick operating systemas found on Fendt Vario tractors and the Katana 65.

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The cab's large glass area offers an unobstructed view to the header, as well as the intake and discharge areas, which eases operation and adjustment, providing operators with a perfect view in all directions.

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The cab locates all the main operating elements in the right-hand armrest on the air-suspended driver's seat. This allows all the important functions to be accessed directly using the multi-function joystick, the Varioterminal, the toggle switches and membrane keypad. This terminal shows all the most important information such as direction of travel, fuel consumption and the header position. Operators can access the individual menus using the touchpad.

Additionally, three buttons on the terminal can be freely assigned and allocated to certain task. Another new function is a manoeuvring mode that eases hooking up the header while at the same time prevents damage to the grass sward during grassland operations.

Fendt recognises that full engine power is not always necessary – when, for example, in a light grass crop. In these circumstances an ECO mode is activated, which cuts the engine speed down to a fuel-saving 1,600rpm from the normal 2,000rpm.

The speed of the chopping components, however, remains constant. Users can also choose between two plastic fuel tank sizes. The first option holds 1,500 litres of diesel, while the other tank is divided into two chambers – holding 1,250 litres of fuel, plus a further 250 litres of water for silage additive dilution.

The battery and the toolbox are installed in the machine where they are easy to access, with new lights under the guards, further improving ease of servicing.

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The Katana 85 is available with larger tyres than those for the Katana 65 and 50 models, helping to provide additional traction and higher clearance.

A wide selection of headers are available for use with the Katana to provide optimum operation in grass, maize or whole crop silage, helping to produce the highest quality chopped material. Series production of the new Fendt forage harvesters will begin next March and it will be available in limited numbers for the 2014 harvesting season.

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