Size is everything. CR11 combine sets new productivity standards

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Previewed at Agritechnica, New Holland’s CR11 combine will help drive down the total cost of harvesting for large cereal farmers, and increase their bottom-line profitability, the company claims.

New Holland considers the CR11 as a major development in high-capacity harvesting, building on the success of the CR10.90, which has held the world record for the most wheat harvested in eight hours – 797.656 tons – for almost a decade, since August 15, 2014.

The CR11 uses the same twin rotor concept as the CR10, the key difference being scale to achieve productivity gains. That is achieved through a 775hp C16 engine, 2x24inch rotors, a graintank of 20.000 liters and a 210l/second unload rate.

To create a zero-loss harvesting machine, New Holland developed a double-cleaning shoe. The Twin Clean cleaning shoe has two cleaning systems behind each other, with 2 upper sieves, 2 lower sieves, 2 clean grain augers and 2 sets of pressure sensors to measure cleaning shoe load.

The combine also has a new Residue management system that comes with a new chopper and chaff spreader system, designed to ensure the best chop quality and even residue spreading over up to 60ft cutting width. The Intellispread radar system automates the spreading control to ensure full and even residue coverage regardless of wind effects, crop type or moisture conditions.

Despite all the technical advances, the CR11 isn’t immune to the risk of plugging. However, the deslug process is made much easier via an automated procedure. New Holland claims this is now minutes rather than hours – without requiring the operator to exit the cab.

Downtime prevention is further aided by the combine’s revised driveline simplicity with as much as 25% fewer drive components and with the elimination of all chain drives.

The CR11 also includes the new Intelliview 12 display and IntelliSteer™ guidance system, together with other essential precision farming functions, like Telematics and Remote Screen viewing.  There’s also the option of NutriSense™, a NIR sensor that monitors crop quality via the use of near infra-red light to analyse nutrients like protein, starch and oil contents, plus moisture levels, and can create maps of these for further agronomic analysis.

Multiple cab upgrades provide additional benefits in comfort and control. Also new is a 5m (50ft) draper header manufactured by MacDon, adding further to the overall productivity and field efficiency gains.

With this being New Holland’s largest combine consideration has been given for the need for reduced ground compaction in combination with transport width regulations, the CR11 offers a range of wider tracks and bigger tyres.

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