S Series Combine with Hinged Draper header unloading on the go
X Series Combine with Hinged Draper header unloading on the go
The latest Gen 4 Machine Sync improves your harvesting logistics by making unloading safer and easier. It creates a wireless network connection between the combine and the tractor pulling the grain cart. This enables the position and speed of the tractor to be exactly synchronized with the combine.
Previously, Machine Sync operators had to coordinate multiple activities to ensure they were unloading the right combine at the right time:
- Communicate between combines and unloading tractors
- Exactly match the speed of the grain cart with the combine
- Be aware of any waterways or field contours that might interrupt unloading
- Safely keep the right distance between the tractor and the combine
- Move the grain cart to ensure even filling
The good news is that Gen 4 Machine Sync simplifies harvest for even the most experienced operators. It reduces the number of tasks required so you can safely unload on the go without slowing your operation. It also takes away a lot of stress, allowing operators to focus on the issues that really matter such as combine performance and efficient unloading.
Machine Sync guides an approaching grain cart tractor to a predetermined “home” position alongside the combine for unloading. Creating different home points for individual tractors gives you the flexibility to use different tractor grain cart and combine configurations (such as cart sizes, tractors, and unloading auger lengths).
Orange lines show the operational zone around the combine
Speed and direction synchronisation can begin once the tractor and grain cart enter the area to the left of the combine. This area is known as the operational zone and is displayed in the image above as the orange box. Once the tractor operator engages Machine Sync, the tractor travels towards the home point, and the two machines actively track each other. The combine operator can then control the tractor speed and direction of travel.
The combine operator can engage the unloading auger and fill the grain cart while continuing to harvest. While synchronized, the grain cart tractor follows the exact movements of the combine. To disengage Machine Sync, the tractor operator simply takes control of the steering wheel or manually changes the tractor’s speed.
While the combine and tractor/grain cart are tracking and unloading, the combine operator can make small speed and direction changes to the tractor, moving it back and forth or side to side to evenly fill the cart.
Multifunction control lever for S600 Combines – button placement (1) and the nudge button (2)
Multifunction control lever for X Series and S700 Combines
Nudging is a great feature that prevents the combine operator from having to adjust the speed of the combine and slow the harvest. On X and S Series Combines, the reconfigurable keys on the multifunction lever can be used to nudge the tractor forwards and backwards. To use this function on model year 2018 S Series Combines, you need to update the combine controller software to the model year 2019 version.
On S600 Combines, an optional field-installed multifunction control lever with an integrated nudge button is available.
Ask your dealer for additional details.