Agritechnica 2017 | AGCO launches Ideal combine

By: Chris McCullough

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US machinery giant AGCO will launch its new ‘Ideal’ combine harvester at Agritechnica 2017, and will market it across its three brands: Challenger, Fendt and Massey Ferguson.

AGCO & Massey Ferguson Ideal combine harvester
AGCO will launch its new ‘Ideal’ combine harvester at Agritechnica 2017
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It is a new-generation rotary combine harvester range which AGCO says promises a major step forward in performance and productivity for business-oriented farmers.

While the combine will primarily be offered by Massey Ferguson within the UK, the machines themselves will remain identical through the three brands.

The combine, to be only offered in a graphite colour across all brands, is said to have the biggest grain tank in the world and, although the official price will not be released until Agritechnica this November, AGCO has already said it will be at the higher end of the range.

New features on this combine comprise single- and dual-rotary threshing systems and include the 451hp MF Ideal 7, 538hp MF Ideal 8 and 647hp MF Ideal 9, plus ParaLevel versions.

"The Ideal from Massey Ferguson range signals a radical new direction for our combine development," Massey Ferguson Harvesting market development manager Adam Sherriff says.

"It included production of 45 prototypes and six years of continuous lab and global field tests. Everything about the machines is new – new design, new engineering, new features, new styling, even a brand-new livery in stunning graphite.

"Added to this, the 647hp MF Ideal 9 represents a totally new market segment for Massey Ferguson."

The 4.84m ‘Dual Helix’ rotor fitted to the MF Ideal 8 and MF Ideal 9 is the longest in the industry. It provides the largest threshing area in the business.

At the same time, it benefits from very low power requirements and insensitivity to varying crop conditions, leading to fuel efficiency, low grain losses and gentle handling of grain and straw.

The combines feature 12,500- and 17,100-litre grain tanks. Reducing the frequency of unloading for improved efficiency, the 17,100-litre option is the largest currently available with approximately 18 per cent more capacity than the largest available today.

Featuring 140 and 210L/sec unloading rates, the combine’s latter ‘Streamer 210’ option is the fastest available.

As for transport width, even the largest MF Ideal 9 with 800mm tyres or new 26-inch (660mm) inhouse-designed track option can meet a 3.3m overall width requirement.

Agritechnica runs from the November 12-18 2017 in Hanover, Germany. Not all products launched at the event will be available in Australia.

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