Time for something completely different. The Fendt IDEAL.
The Fendt IDEAL is a combine that has been developed from scratch. During development, AGCO worked closely with its global centres of expertise and developed each module so that it gives perfect results under any harvesting conditions. Special attention was paid to efficiency, grain and straw quality, absolute reliability, easy and logical user-friendliness, as well as a revolutionary sensor technology for optimal machine setting.
Fendt IDEAL combines in performance class 7, 8 and 9
IDEAL was developed to meet customer requirements both today and in the future, and was based on global market trends. A niche has been identified in the future-oriented market environment, which is why AGCO has developed this unique IDEAL combine in 3 models with 451, 538 and 647 HP. The Fendt IDEAL 9 and IDEAL 8 feature high-performance MAN engines, and the IDEAL 7 features an AGCO power engine. This ensures maximum output together with efficient fuel consumption.
Helix threshing unit and the separating system ensures the ultimate in grain quality.
Excellent grain quality and efficient acreage capacity are essential for the perfect harvest. That’s what the new Fendt IDEAL combines series offers with its unique Helix threshing unit and separating system. All grains are separated cleanly without negatively impacting on the straw quality, due to the longest rotor on the market today with its impressive 4.84 m length and 600 mm diameter. In order to handle the harvest with as much care as possible, and to ensure a constant load on the rotor, the intake augers, threshing bars and rotor fingers are arranged in a spiral around the rotor, in a similar pattern to DNA.
The processor requires much less power and significantly increases the output and machine efficiency with perfect straw and grain quality. It also features easy modification to suit any harvesting conditions. The IDEAL 8 and 9 work with the Dual Helix threshing unit with 2 rotors, whilst the IDEAL 7 works with the Single Helix threshing unit and 1 rotor.
IDEALbalanceTM : Two grain pans for optimal cleaning
Another innovation of the Fendt IDEAL combine is the installation of 2 grain pans at the front of the threshing unit, meaning that the front end of the preparation floor can already be filled with crop. The rear grain pan catches the material from the separation area, and distributes it in the rear area. The entire length of the preparation floor is therefore fully utilised, the crop evenly distributed, and efficiency maximised.
The bulge of the two grain pans also allow optimal and consistent output even on slopes. Losses on gradients of up to 15% are reduced in comparison with conventional combines. The driver benefits from not having to make additional adjustments.
Streamer with maximum capacity grain tank and hydraulic adjustment of the discharge rate
The Fendt IDEAL is equipped with the largest grain tank on the combine market today. It has a capacity of 17,100 l (+18% on current high-performance combines). The key to an effective harvest chain is the fastest discharge rate on the market at 210 l/s (32% faster than the nearest competitor). In order that the driver does not have to constantly drive back and forth to fill the wagon evenly, the Fendt IDEAL has a new ScrollSwing control. Using this, the discharge tube can be moved back and forth during transfer with great precision using the wheel on the multi-function joystick. The hydraulic adjustment of the discharge rate through the streamer gates also helps create the ideal, crop-protecting process.
Top performance even outside the field
The narrow vehicle frame of just 1.40 m provides more space for even the widest tyre and crawler track options. The Fendt IDEAL therefore complies with the current traffic regulations with maximum vehicle widths of below 3.30 m and 3.50 m. With a maximum vehicle width of 3.30 m with the 26” TrackRide crawler track, the Fendt IDEAL 9 creates a contact area of 2.55 m² and therefore ensures low ground pressure.
AutoDockTM links combine and table in just 5 seconds
KVery short set-up times increase the efficiency of the grain harvest. This is why AGCO has developed the automatic AutoDock table docking system. AutoDock allows you to couple the table to IDEAL combine quickly and safely: from the convenience of the cab, and by the push of a button on the terminal, you can complete electrical and hydraulic coupling in just 5 seconds.
The automatic table docking works through an RFID code, the Ag Tag which is fitted to all tables. The combine automatically recognised the table in question. In the Varioterminal 10.4” menu, the RFID code retrieves the last settings for the table, e.g. dimensions and sensitivity settings for automatic table control. This shifts the onus away from the driver.
For healthy output, the crop must be fed smoothly to the combine. The new PowerFlow table, which is available for the Fendt IDEAL combine now with a maximum operating width of 12,20 m, offers just this.
The transparent combine – IDEALharvestTM visualises the flow of crop in real time
The IDEALharvest system was developed specially for the high-performance Fendt IDEAL combine. It sends the capacity status of the threshing unit and cleaning in real time to the combine using acoustic mass sensors (MADS). The sensors are fitted along the rotors and the shaker shoe, and detect the flow of crop within the machine as well as any losses which occur.
Using the MAD sensors in combination with the grain quality camera, allows grain losses, percentage of cracked grain, and grain purity to be displayed. The driver can look at the iPad display in real time to see whether more material can be found in the front or on the right of left of the processor. With the aid of the SmartConnect app, he can select his customised harvest strategy between cracked grain, grain loss and purity, within a “magic” triangle displayed on the iPad. The driver also sets the ratio between machine output and quality. The machine then adjusts itself on a continuous basis based on these settings, and reacts in real time to changing harvest conditions. For example, the IDEALharvest system can automatically adjust the grain separation and the rotor speed if cracked grains occur.
Outstanding visibility and an exciting design
The driver’s seat design is key when it comes to getting the best out of the machine. The spacious Vision cab offers plenty of room and provides outstanding visibility, as well as user-friendliness in the Fendt quality you know and love.
Developed from scratch, the Fendt IDEAL comes in an exciting, completely new design from any conventional combine. It reflects the exceptional quality and innovation based on the latest trends and technologies in our global centres of expertise. The Fendt IDEAL design alone conveys dynamism, efficiency, motivation and strength.
The first Fendt IDEALs will be available to farmers and contractors for the 2018 harvest.