In July of 2013 New Holland introduced the Speedrower line of self-propelled windrowers, which offered one of the fastest road travel speeds in the industry, even without reversing the direction of travel for high-speed stability. For the 2015 model year, Speedrowers get a few updates, most notably new Tier 4B engines offering more power.
There are still three models in the line, but they get bumped up engine power ratings. The 130, 200 and 240 become the 160, 220 and 260. The smallest of the new group, the 160, uses a four-cylinder diesel putting out 150 rated horsepower (161 maximum). The two larger versions use a six-cylinder engine. The model 220 gets 210 horsepower (220 max.) and the model 260 puts out 250 (261 max.).
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“For 2015 the biggest thing we changed was the power plant, the engine,” says Jordan Milewski, brand marketing manager for crop preparation at New Holland. “We now have our Tier 4 EcoBlue SCR solution. We’re giving (customers) more power. On the four-cylinder, for example, we giving them 20 per cent more horsepower because the engine went from mechanical injection to an electronic common-rail platform. Even our larger, six-cylinder models, the 220 and 260, are getting 10 per cent more horsepower.”
According to the company, the new Tier 4B engines are also pretty thrifty. Comparing the six-cylinder, Tier 3 Speedrower to the Tier 4B unit, fuel usage falls by 16 per cent and the average operating cost drops by 11 per cent, including the expense of feeding it DEF.
For the four-cylinder model, the savings are even more dramatic. The Tier 4B version apparently demonstrated a 37 per cent drop in fuel usage and a 34 per cent reduction in average operating cost.
“On the four cylinder, this Tier 4 solution is going to help save about a gallon and a half of fuel per hour,” says Milewski. “It’s more power, more performance, better economy.”
At the rear of the hood, the air intake for the engine and cooling system is 30 per cent larger to improve air flow. The new design also creates a better seal to help keep debris out and minimize service requirements.
“It’s 30 per cent larger ducting than we had before, adds Milewski. “So that cool air is better able to get into the cooling package to keep the machine cool under heavy loads. And we maintain a swing-out condenser to make it very easy to get in there and blow out any dust or chaff.”
All of that is wrapped in a new hood that has the same rounded “family” styling common to several of NH’s hay and forage products.
In the cab
To keep the operator comfortable, a deluxe cab is standard equipment. If you’re a slave to style, you can even order a specially designed leather seat that includes a 50-year anniversary logo. The independent rear suspension and Comfort Ride cab suspension smoothen out the bumps for high speed operation in the field or on the road.
“This is a machine you can run confidently across the field at high speed or when transporting and be comfortable doing it,” he continues. “You’re going to be able to control the machine better at speed.”
To make things even easier on an operator, the optional QuickMax knife change system is available on Durabine heads (and pull-type Discbine models), which significantly reduces the time it takes to change cutting blades.