More automation for Case IH Axial-Flow combines

AFS Harvest Command, a package of automated features designed to improve both combine and operator productivity, is the main upgrade on Case IH’s new 250 Series Axial-Flow combines.

by Steven Vale

27 Jul 2018

Available on the 7250, 8250 and 9250, which replace the existing 7240, 8240 and 9240, the optional technology package uses 16 sensor inputs to continuously monitor the machine, and adjusts seven different settings to maximise combine performance. Managed through the in-cab AFS Pro700 terminal, the automation system works in a range of crops, including wheat and OSR.

There are no changes in the engine department, but the hydrostatic transmission is new. This features a field and a road mode and on-the-move two-speed range control, provides increased traction and means there is no need to stop and shift while working or travelling on hills. Maximum respective speeds in range one and range two are 18km/hr and 40km/hr, although reduced maximums can be set according to operator preference and field conditions.

In addition to the existing feeder/intake elevator lift capacities of 4.5t and 5.2t, a new 6.1t lift capacity is available on the largest Axial-Flow models, to enable them to handle 13.5m draper and 18-row corn heads.

A new optional in-cab-controlled face plate fore-aft feature allows the operator to alter the header fore-aft angle, with a total of 11.9 degrees of angular tilt to improve harvesting efficiency in both low-growing crops like beans and high-growing crops.

“Our aim has been to aid decision-making and make front-to-rear settings easier for a particular desired outcome,” explains August von Eckardstein, Case IH harvesting product marketing manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“In this way, the combine can not only help to enhance an experienced operator’s performance, but can also help a less-experienced one to quickly gain confidence and get the most from the machine.”