Don, when are you going to get that combine dirty?
Thatís been accomplished SC, but only about 4 hours of peas and 1 hour of barley actual hours.
Still wheat and canola and perhaps flax to research.
But a few solid conclusions have been reached already.
1. Feeder belts wonderful! Only a slight whirring when empty any load up to max load only makes it quieter or is simply overcome by other threshing noises. Fantastic change!
2. Feeder house dust extraction/fan that keeps feeder top clear, works well.
Also provides much better walkway to clean right side windows/mirrors/lights, overall great change.
3. All LED lights excellent, toolbox, engine and both ladder lights handy.
Combine maintains all operator selected field and road lights as in the past, still an excellent setup.
Separately switched mirror mounted long distance focused beam lamps are garbage however
4. Stone trap, stand up right side lever clears everything with two or three strokes, some tough pea straw could hang up on cleaning bar but all the dirt, rocks and general crop material crap are cleared so no dirt shower anymore.
5. Turning radius, far and away the sharpest turning Claas wide body ever, two pass straight U turn 40í easy could likely do it on two 35í headlands and the steering wheel effort is less as well
6. Fuel filling, the front and back right side fuel tanks fill much faster only the last 50 or so liters needs eased in, holds the same 1150.
7. Either my def pump meter reads high or the def tank is bigger now, either way since I filled it the % has only went down 1%, since this engine has both SCR and regen now, Iíve told the efficient pit crew not to fill the DEF tank until I tell them to get a handle on def use.
8. A bit early but looks like slot plugging on chopper knife bar adjust is fixed, cutting lodged barley yesterday with knife all the way in and straw dam on
had it pulverizing the damp straw, chopper must have been soaking up 150 hp, more on that later
9. Unloading seems fairly fast, about matches increased hopper size, auto empty cart fill auger works good, havenít had the need to try 1/2 speed yet.
I raised the no tools auger gate that shuts off to the top of the six hole selection and left running one down, in theory less than 1/2 speed that way.
10. Cruise pilot much smoother, the new hydrostatic setup Iím told
11. If Appleís touch screen scrolled as bad as the new CEBIS touch screen Apple would not only not be a trillion dollar company, they'd be out of business!
You know how scrolling moves smart phone screens up, down or sideways, while for a two screen scroll might take 4 swipes and the crop selection is about 4 screens, moving the touch arrow settings is far more art than a science, what a pos! Might sound first world problem but itís fucking annoying!
Iíd like to think itís this specific screen but I doubt it.
12. Likely much worse with peas (same reason augers are so noisy in peas) the splashing on the hopper window after hopper emptying off the vertical fill auger is annoying, guess you just have to get used to it
13. Auto separation still dumb, in barley rotor loss high, here 1/2 the rotor concaves were covered and rotors running too slow (under cylinder speed!) simply shut off auto separation and manually set.
14. The good old feeder reverser delay is still there, sometimes even worse!
All plugs cause by a plugged on lodged crop knife section eventually pushing dirt and just MacDon feeder drum usually.
Still no slow forward
15. Now for the biggest annoyance, guess itís been years since I ran non staggered rasp bar cylinders, this larger cylinder is noisier at all threshing speeds, at any load the vibration set up by the straight rasp bar kinda ruins the ideal environment set up by the belt feeder. What a shame.
Noise/vibration almost disappears at or almost over engine power limit, the 1600 to 1800 rpm zone.
Neither good nor bad, just is:
16. The 40 mm deeper feeder means both MacDon headers trailing lip is 40 mm over leading edge Claas feeder, donít think it causes any feeding issues but it wouldnít do any good. The raised lip when reversing feeder may curl material up and over top feeder belt, wouldnít help.
17. Those that think a 790 hp 8900 would be too much power should have riding with me yesterday cutting/chopping damp lodged barley, 4-5 km/hr completely out of power the only limiting factor