Combines get more features for 2020
The John Deere S-series combines — including the 760, 770, 780 and 790 — include new features, says Matt Badding, combine specialist. The S780 class VIII combine is pictured here. These models feature a new moisture sensor that doesn’t need calibration. The unloading auger can go up to 12 inches higher compared with previous models. Updates include an option that allows you to adjust knife settings from the cab, meaning one less thing to manually adjust when switching crops. Five years of JD Link comes free with these machines. Visit deere.com.
Keep grain flow even
A combine will only work as well as it's fed. That’s why Gleaner’s newest DynaFlex draper grain head is engineered to keep flow even with new grain dividers and variable-speed draper belts. The Agco manufacturer has the widest range of draper head options on the market, with 25- to 40-foot heads available for Gleaner combines and 30- to 45-foot models available for Ideal. The 9330, 30-foot draper head lists for $91,535. The 9340, 40-foot head lists at $105,122. Contact Agco, Duluth, Ga., 877-525-4384 or visit agcocorp.com.
12-blade stalk chopper
When you run out of names to call a product and you're Calmer Corn Heads, you name it the Super Chopper. It’s the world’s first 12-blade chopping stalk roller. It has 24 blades per row and cuts cornstalks into 1-inch pieces. The Super Chopper is ideal for high-speed harvesting. It’s available for John Deere 600 Series new shaft models and the 700 Series only. Contact Calmer Corn Heads, Alpha, Ill., at 302-629-9000 or visit calmercornheads.com.
Combines offer better efficiency
There’s more that is new than the color scheme with the Lexion 7000 and 8000 Series combines from Claas. Decked out in traditional Claas colors, the 8600 model features 510-bushel bin capacity, meaning less unloading time. You get improved fuel efficiency and can travel 25 mph on the road. They’re built around a theme of efficient, precise, convenient and reliable combines, says Jeff Gray, combine specialist. Threshing and separation adjust independently with lots of in-cab adjustments. Contact Claas of North America, Omaha, Neb., at 402-861-1000 or visit claasofamerica.com.
Reduce losses in short crop
The 5-Finger Quick Tine is a snap-on replacement for regular tines on certain John Deere and Mac Don headers. The idea is to provide an advantage in pulling in the crop, particularly if it’s shorter than normal. Spokespeople say it works great in short soybeans, for example. The five-finger tine (right) snaps over an existing tine (compare to the normal tine on the left) and attaches directly to the bar, with no tools required. The company recommends installing a five-finger tine on at least every third regular tine. List price is $7 each. Contact AgSolutions, Paxton, Ill., 866-734-1988, or visit agsolutionsonline.com.
Plenum Sensor for low-temp heater
If you’re drying in the bin, a Plenum Sensor from Steps GMS gives you precise information on temperature and humidity of air going into your grain. Download the free app from Steps GMS and you can control your low-temp heater from your smartphone. You will need Wi-Fi at the bin site to have control of the heater through your smartphone. List price is $485, including 12 feet of wire. Contact Steps GMS, Edon, Ohio, 419-630-6449 or visit stepsgms.com.
Concave thresher available for all crops
Copperhead Ag concaves are designed to produce good threshing performance in all crops. They feature a notched-bar design to provide grain-on-grain threshing. The company claims considerably more threshing area compared to OEM concaves. Cover plates are adjustable and removable. Concaves are available for John Deere and Case IH rotary machines, and most other rotary combines. List price is $5,750. Some models may require rice spiked bars at extra cost. Contact Thunderstruck Ag Equipment, Winkler, Manitoba, Canada, at 855-752-5525 or visit thunderstruckag.com.
System offers combine guidance
The Truesight 2 Advanced Row Guidance System is billed by Headsight as high-accuracy, autosteer technology that doesn’t use GPS. Since it doesn’t use GPS, you can install it on nearly any combine once the steering valve or motor is installed. The latest model uses advanced settings to increase performance in tough conditions and includes tilt compensation when harvesting on hillsides. Contact Headsight Harvesting Solutions, Bremen, Ind, at 574-546-5022 or visit headsight.com.