AGCO has introduced the new model 10 and 10T Fendt IDEAL combines to North American producers. Fendt says the IDEAL 10 and 10T deliver industry-leading maximum engine power of 790 HP, up to 20 percent more throughput capacity than previous models and harvesting automation that makes operation easier and ensures top grain quality.
The IDEAL 10 and 10T join the family of Fendt IDEAL 7, 8 and 9 models introduced to North America in 2018. Harvesting capacity of the IDEAL 10 is up to 20 percent greater than the IDEAL 9, Fendt notes, due to the increased horsepower of the MAN 16.2-liter engine and a 12 percent increase in separation area. Fendt says the increased harvesting capacity hasn’t increased the overall size or maneuverability of the IDEAL 10, which maintains a sleek 11.5-ft., chassis width. Equipped with wheels or the patented TrakRide system, IDEAL is available with 26-, 30- or 36-in., wide rubber tracks, which enable operators to match the track to their respective operations and glide over fields with challenging soil conditions, the company adds.
For even higher cleaning capacity and great throughput, the IDEAL 10 offers a re-designed cleaning system compared to Class 8 and 9 models. Fendt says the IDEAL Balance return pans have been optimized to evenly distribute large amounts of material to the cleaning system while keeping the same simple and efficient manner of operation to minimize grain loss and increase grain sample quality.
With the expanded cleaning system, grain now drops down to the top sieve from the stratification pan through the new WavePan cascades. The WavePan design adds curved double-drop steps that use stratification and gravity to help separate grain from foreign material. Fendt says this enhanced design also maximizes airflow so the powerful cleaning fan can suspend light material in the WavePan area before any material reaches the cleaning shoe, pre-cleaning the crop before it reaches the top sieve. The powerful airflow also is split between the two drop stages, so a constant airflow is generated over the entire length of the cleaning shoe for optimal cleaning and grain quality results, the company says.
The Fendt IDEAL 10/10T combine includes the same major features and systems as the existing models to help producers optimize grain harvested and deliver cleaner, high-quality grain. The rotors in the dual helix processor are each 24 in., in diameter and nearly 16 ft., long, almost 2 ft., longer than the nearest competitor, Fendt says. The processor generates huge centrifugal force at a much lower speed, so the crop remains in the rotor longer, which is gentler on grain and straw. In addition, the company says operators will spend less time unloading and more time harvesting with the fastest unload rate in the industry, 6.0 bu./second, with the IDEAL Streamer 6.0 auger as standard equipment.
AGCO headers to optimize the capacity of the new combine include the 9300 DynaFlex draper heads in 45- and now 50-ft., widths, along with the 15-ft., 4300 pickup header and the CommandTM Series 16-row corn head in chopping and non-chopping versions.
All IDEAL combines feature the automated IDEALharvest system that makes operation easier, optimizes machine performance and ensures top grain quality. Fendt says the IDEALharvest system uses a special grain-quality camera and numerous sensors that provide real-time crop-flow visualization and direct the system to change settings and compensate for conditions to achieve the operator’s pre-set harvest strategy. Preferences for minimizing grain damage, loss and material other than grain (MOG) in the bin are set by the operator using an easy-to-use touchscreen tablet.
The IDEALharvest system also compensates for sudden changes such as crop density and field slope, adjusting to maintain machine performance and grain quality, Fendt says. This technology is especially important when crop maturity, crop quality, plant health, stand variability and harsh weather make harvest challenging. This convenient technology reduces the operator’s work as conditions change throughout the day, the company notes.