For farmers looking for new innovations in combine design, the two main changes to Case IH’s Axial-Flow combine for 2015 may be a little disappointing. The new 240 combines come with larger grain tanks and larger fuel tanks.
Farmers will probably welcome these changes, but many will also be relieved that Case IH has met Tier 4 Final emission standards (using Selective Catalytic Reduction technology), and now the engineers can turn their attention to developing features for the future that will bring some benefits back to the farm.
There are some new features on the 2015 combines.
- The new 8240 and 9240 combines will have what Case IH claims are the largest grain tanks in the industry: 410 bushels. The larger grain tanks come with higher load-rated tires to carry the extra weight.
- Case IH’s press release says the new models have a “substantial improvement in fuel efficiency.” Mix this with a larger fuel tank, and you can combine all day without needing the fuel truck.
- There is a new engine cooling system and vacuum-aspirated rotating wand on the stationary air screen. This should ensure cooling for optimum engine efficiency and performance.
- The engines are tuned for maximum horsepower. Because the new combines provide high levels of power rise, farmers with capable grain cart drivers should be able to unload on the go without slowing down.
- The Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) drives will let the operator reverse the rotor. There is also CVT control of the feeder, with header-to-feeder ground speed control.
- The 2015 combines are pre-wired for a new camera kit that can be installed either in the factory or after purchase.
- These combines can be purchased with 30-inch tracks for specialty crop harvesting and a ladder extension for easy cab entry.