With a new Vision cab, there’s lots to see in Gleaner’s new S9 Series transverse rotary combines. There’s also operator convenience delivered through the new Tyton terminal, plus modifications to the feeder house, drive electronics and drive mechanics.
The S9 Series made its public debut earlier this month at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. Gleaner brand manager Kevin Bien took Real Agriculture on a tour of the new rotary combine, which he feels will deliver big capacity increases for canola growers.
It all starts with the Vision cab, which has been four years in the making, says Bien. The completely redesigned cab is all about comfort and visibility. It’s 15% bigger than previous models and has a larger instructor seat with a fold-down back that doubles as laptop computer storage and workspace. The cab features a 22% larger, deep-curved front windshield and 66 square feet of total glass area for a great view of the cutter bar, header ends and harvested areas behind each side of the header.
The redesigned control console is located to the right of the operator seat for increased operator comfort. Ergonomic placement and intuitive color-coding of the buttons and switches give the operator quick and easy access to all combine functions. The cab also features a slim-profile steering post, new cab post placement, 12 new cab lights with high-lumen projection and new dual remote mirrors.
The new Tyton terminal provides the full menu of products and services from Fuse, AGCO’s precision farming technology program. The terminal has four quadrants, easy-to-read graphics and an easy-to-use, colour touchscreen interface that allows operators to monitor and control multiple combine functions, many with a single touch., The terminal is mounted on an accessory bar off the operator seat armrest and can be positioned for the best visibility of the monitor and header.
Bien says modifications to the feeder house will produce a huge capacity increase for canola producers. He explains that the “natural-flow feeding” has been refined to improve feeding capacity in difficult crop conditions such as heavy canola swaths and green-stem soybeans where uneven feeding can occur. The feeder house floor has been lowered and the feeder house runners and torque tube raised, creating clearance under the feed shaft. These changes reduce stress on the shaft, yet maintain good control of the crop mat in difficult feeding conditions. The feeder house has also been lengthened for better visibility of the cutter bar.
New electronics and redesigned hydraulic systems eliminate all cables and linkage for the hydrostatic propel system. The Gleaner S9 Series also includes many additional drive component updates to improve combine performance and enhance reliability. A 390-bushel grain bin is standard.
The Gleaner S9 Series will be available from dealers for 2016. The S9 Series includes three models, the S96, S97 and S98, to meet the needs of growers seeking class 6, 7 and 8 machines.