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Case IH released first all-new cane harvester in a decade

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The highly anticipated new Case IH Austoft 8000 series harvester builds on the renowned 7000 series with a host of added improvements to increase productivity, maximise uptime and reduce maintenance during harvest.

The cab has been completely redesigned to include best-in-class visibility and sound levels. It also offers industry-leading technology to make operating the harvester easier and more efficient, according to Stuart Brown, Case IH Marketing Manager.

“New left hand joystick control of steering and transmission speed on both wheel and track machines increases operator productivity, while the new cruise control feature will enable the operator to concentrate on the cane cutting much more closely,” said Stuart. “The cab is also much bigger and we’ve even been able to include an instructor’s seat.”

Technology innovations include the first factory-installed data logger available in a cane harvester. All 8000 series harvesters are fitted with software to monitor and record harvesting parameters, and can be linked to specific operators, fields and varieties. The information can be downloaded to a flash card, allowing farmers to review and refine their harvesting practices. 

“The AFS Pro 600 Monitor is standard equipment, allowing the operator to monitor and control the machines using a touch screen. It logs fuel use and displays engine load percentage, ensuring that the machines can be kept at top productivity levels at all times,” said Stuart. “The monitor is portable, so you can use it across a range of Case IH Puma and later model Magnum and Steiger tractors as a performance monitor, ISO monitor and for guidance control.”

The 8000 series harvesters are also AccuGuideTM ready. This means guidance can be controlled via a single monitor, and planting guidance patterns can be transferred to the harvester for simple operation.

The 8000 series’ simplified mechanics deliver more power and productivity while minimising maintenance. For example, the new cooling package removes trash caught in the screen and ejects it away from the harvester, further reducing maintenance requirements.

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