Just bought a 2003 2388 with the AFS yield and moisture monitor...with no mapping. We would like to make it able to map. What do we need to add? One guy told us we need a GPS receiver and an EZ guide 500 and another one told us just a receiver. Thanks
Just to get GPS signal, all you need is a receiver (and antenna, if the antenna is separate) and the cabling to power the unit and connect it to your yield monitor. The 500 will work (the receiver is in the lightbar, and the white thing on the roof is just the antenna, so you need both installed). There are dozens of other receivers that will work, too. Check out the GPS cabling document on the Downloads page at the www.caseihafs.com website.
Will also need a datacard for the monitor to record the data. Make sure the display and receiver software is up to date. May also need to purchase a desktop software package, or update if you already have one.
We run two machines, both with the Garmin 16 receivers, which are relatively cheap. Less than $200 each.
If you have an outback guidance system in the machine anyway, you can use that to supply GPS data to the AFS system. You would need a cable to connect the serial port on the outback to the 5 pin metripack on the combine, and then need to configure the outback serial port settings to send the right NMEA sentences.
It is fairly inexpensive to add gps and mapping. A small magnet receiver placed on cab roof , I use a small steel plate siliconed on. The small wiring harness fits in the box under the right console. the moniter already has the mapping built-in. Your dealer can get you the program for your home computer. Really the combine should have had it in it when new. Also a card too. The cable and antenna should be less than300.00. Easy to install cable.