Case Study: Case IH harvester

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WA farmers Gary and Shaun Shadbolt (left and right) with Hutton and Northey Sales Mukinbudi branch manager Ian Clune. The Shadbolts are pleased with their latest acquisition, the Case IH Axial-Flow 7240 combine harvester. WA farmers Gary and Shaun Shadbolt (left and right) with Hutton and Northey Sales Mukinbudi branch manager Ian Clune. The Shadbolts are pleased with their latest acquisition, the Case IH Axial-Flow 7240 combine harvester. WA farmers Gary and Shaun Shadbolt (left and right) with Hutton and Northey Sales Mukinbudi branch manager Ian Clune. The Shadbolts are pleased with their latest acquisition, the Case IH Axial-Flow 7240 combine harvester.

A new Case IH Axial-Flow 7240 combine harvester is saving fuel and time, and delivering better results during harvest, according to a Western Australian wheat farming family.


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Three generations of Shadboldts farm the 6,885-hectare property at Mukinbudin in the WA wheat-belt, which has been in the family since 1910.

Gary Shadbolt farms wheat and barley, along with some legumes and oats, with help from his father Len, wife Bev, son Shaun and his daughter-in-law Melissa.

"We’ve had lots of Case IH machinery on the farm, even equipment preceding my time, and have found them to be reliable," Gary says.

"With other brands of equipment we’ve bought, the dealers have disappeared as soon as we bought the machinery.

"We were a bit sick of having machines with no back-up, so decided we’d go with Hutton & Northey in Merredin."

Gary’s son Shaun Shadbolt is surprised and just how much easier the new machine has made things on the farm, come harvest time.

"We chose Axial-Flow 7240 combine with the 45-foot front 3152 draper header because that middle size fits our operation really well," Shaun says.

"A lot of the country we’ve got is fairly undulating and rocky, so the rock trap is a big help.

"We’re using less fuel, too—between 40 and 50-litres per hour.

"We’re going two-and-a-half to three days without fuelling up, whereas we were fuelling up every day with the combine this has replaced."

The monitors and self-adjusting technology on the Case IH has come in handy, given the hilly terrain on the property.

"That’s a really big benefit to us because previously, in creek lines and other areas like that, we’d definitely miss some crop to harvest, whereas this just follows the contour of the ground and we can get everything," Shaun says.

By allowing the Shadbolts to cover a lot more ground quickly, the wider 45-foot front (up from 36 foot), is also contributing to a faster harvest. 

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