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NH Combine History - Part 2

This one will cover the TRs of NH. From the start of the famous rotaries. And end at the CRs.

1975: 1st successful rotary combine.
This is when NH shocked the world by bringing out this new combine. That used rotary threshing over the cylinder/walker types. The combine was the TR70. TR - Twin Rotary. Where they used 2 rotors inside a cage. Where other's used a single rotor. (Story from IH tells: An engineer ran off from IH and went to NH. Giving them the data on rotary. So this helped NH enter the Rotary market first. Later NH lost in a court battle with IH. So NH had to pay a very large sum on $$ due to it.) The TR70 was offered in 3 engine choices.


1979 5 Series:
After the success of the TR70. The 5 series came out in 1979. And with it more models as the TR became more popular. The TR75 replaced the TR70. The new TR85 and TR95 arrived on the scene. To give the farmers more options to meet their needs. The TR95 came standard with hydrostatic drive.


1984 6 Series:
In 1984 the 5 series got upgraded into the 6 series. They got many upgrades. Most noticeable is the new cabs. When NH and Ford joined up, the The TR76 was dropped from the lineup. And Ford engines replaced the Caterpillar engines. Both of these came standard with hydrostatic drive.


1993 7 Series:
In 1993 the TRs got upgraded into the TR7 series. The TR87/TR97 was offered in different variations. These variations helped to meet the certain crops the farmer was growing. There was 2 TR87 versions and 4 for the TR97. That could be set up to meet your crop harvesting needs.


1995 8 Series:
In 1998 the 8 series came out to replace the 7s. Also the TR98 was the first in NH to use a 12 row corn head.


1999 9 Series:
Then in 1999, intercoolers was installed on the engines. To provide more power. Also the corn heads now have polyethylene dividers instead of steel. These new 9 Series was the last of the TR series. After this the CRs came out. Also during this time, NH now had a draper that could be bought for their combines. A new version was offered for the Custom Cutter.


NH TR Facts:

TR70
1975-1978
145HP V8 Ford Gas / 145HP Ford Diesel / 168HP V8 Caterpillar
145 bushel bin
Sep. area 2247
cleaning area 4005
Grain head 13-22ft
corn head 3-6 row

TR75
1979-1983
145HP Ford Diesel / 155HP V8 Caterpillar
140 bushel bin
sep area 2247
cleaning area 4034
Grain head 13-22ft
Corn head 4-6 row

TR85
1979-1984
168HP or 175HP V8 Caterpillar
190 bushel bin
sep area 2247
cleaning area 4034
Grain head 13-30ft
Corn head 4-8 row

TR95
1979-1984
196HP or 225HP V8 Caterpillar
240 bushel bin
sep area 3339
cleaning area 5546
grain head 13-30ft
corn head 6 / 8 row

TR76
1984-1986
155HP V8 Caterpillar
140 bushel bin
sep area 2247
cleaning area 4608
grain head 16-30ft
corn head 4 / 6 row

TR86
1984-1992
175HP V8 Caterpillar / 188HP Ford
190 bushel bin
sep area 2247
cleaning area 4608
grain head 16-30ft
corn head 4-8 row

TR96
1984-1992
240HP V8 Caterpillar / 240HP Ford
240 bushel bin
sep area 3087
cleaning area 6406
grain head 16-30ft
corn head 4-8 row

TR87
1993-1994
200HP Ford
190 bushel bin
sep area 2247
cleaning area 4608
grain head 16-30ft
corn head 4-8 row

TR97
1993-1994
255HP Ford
240 bushel bin
sep area 2798
cleaning area 6406
grain head 16-30ft
corn head 4-8 row

TR88
1995-1998
200HP NH
190 bushel bin
sep area 2798
cleaning area 6406
grain head 16-30ft
corn head 4-8 row

TR98
1995-1998
270HP NH
240 bushel bin
sep area 2798
cleaning area 6406
grain head 16-30ft
corn head 4-12 row

TR89
1999-
240HP NH
190 bushel bin
sep area 2798 (Small Grain version)
cleaning area 6406 (Small Grain version)
grain head 16-30ft
corn head 4-8 row

TR99
1999-
280HP NH
240 bushel bin
sep area 2798 (Small Grain Version)
cleaning area 6406 (Small Grain Version)
grain head 16-30ft
corn head 4-12 row

Drapers: The 994s had a cut of 25-42ft. The drapers over 30ft was offset to the right to allow the unloading auger to clear the header. A wheel is used on the far right side of the header to help support it during harvesting. Also these headers could be switched up to just swathing.

TR89/TR99 ending date. I think this was around 2001-2002 time period. This is after NH merged with CIH under Fiat to form CNH. The earliest CR I know of is 2003.

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Re: NH Combine History - Part 2

Thanks for putting that together Great Silver. Important to note the TR88 was the last of the narrow body machines, the 89 which came later was built on the wide chassis.

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Thanks for that interesting information and the pics. There's gotta be a story about that pickup in the background of the TR70 picture.
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Re: NH Combine History - Part 2

Sam, not trying to start anything, but I do know the 5 Series was a 1980, not 1979, introduction. This is also verified by the fact that the last TR 70 [along with the conv Models 1400 and 1500, were made/sold in 1979. A friend of mine sold a couple of new, not carryover, TR 70's in 1979.

So is that old 70 a local one in your area?





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Anytime guys. I heard plenty of times that someone wanted to see a combine history or data chart. So give me time. I hope to work on all brands. Making Combine Talk the place to see something of this magnitude. Using what info I have. Granted there will be holes in some brands. As I don't have info on it all. So if I typo, or miss a model or something. Don't get mad, please fill it in or help me correct it. Call this my gift for the board. (Might need to sticky these for quicker reference down the road?)

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Most Ag equipment guys release in the fall of one year. Calling it the next year. Like fall of 79, but call it a 80. So either way it could be possible.

The pics came from tractorhouse, or my book. I did throw in the TR75 that does run in my area.
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Re: NH Combine History - Part 2

Sam, you're right with many common release dates, but not all work that way. The 5's were not released that early. I was at the dealers then, and saw what was new for 1980.





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It is possible, besides the guy who wrote the book worked for Allis. So NH saw how good of a job he did covering Allis equipment. They hired him to do their company book. So he could have made a mistake. You find them in books now and then. Even in the Allis book, I saw a mistake in it.
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Re: NH Combine History - Part 2

I ran TR's from 1978 to 1996.
Three technical events stick my mind.
The S3 rotor meaning spiraled, segmented and staggered rasp bars, reduced rumbling in tougher conditions.
The 1984 95 went to a shelf torquing rotor drive, anything was better than what they had.
Fall of 89 saw the 96 get unibody rotors, much heavier and sturdy.
At the same time they narrowed the feeder and eliminated overlapping infeed on the front of the rotors.
These rotors are basically what they use today in the CR's

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One thought on the intercooler for tr99. I believe it was added for the tr98, which gave the increase in hp from the tr97.
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I always heard that Massey came out with a rotary 300 in the early '60s and NH had to buy the patent from them.

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