New Holland Forage Harvester Range 11/03/2008

The forage harvester market is growing rapidly worldwide. The expanding market in biofuels has seen these machines grow in popularity over the last few years. This sector of the global New Holland combine harvester market now produces roughly 2,300 pieces of forage harvester equipment a year. Last year in Belgium at the New Holland combine harvester plant in Zedelgem, the FR9000 Series was introduced. As biofuels become the biggest development and trend in the agriculture market, combine harvesters are growing in size as well. The average machine size has increased substantially in recent years, and now New Holland combine harvesters have entered the competitive forage harvester market with the latest FR9000 range. The biggest forage harvester currently on offer is Krones BigX1000 which is top of the range at 980hp.

The FR series takes over from the New Holland FX forage harvesters released in 1995. The latest addition to the family of New Holland combine harvester took nine years to develop with extensive testing and a design program. The New Holland harvester range will consist of five models that range from 434hp to 824hp. The drum is the largest in the market, at 15% larger in diameter and width. With forage harvester machines the crop flows through the machine at speeds of up to 150km/hr. New Holland engineers discovered by using high-speed cameras that when the corn craker is removed for grass harvesting, the distance between the drum and blower becomes too large and the crop begins to slow down. New Holland said that by shortening this distance they increased the efficiency. New Holland called this new system Variflow, which shortens the distance between drum and blower by 60%. This means for New Holland combine harvesters that a possible future reduction of horsepower-for-horsepower can be increased by 15% as in the forage harvesters.

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