New Holland’s new flagship FR920 Forage Cruiser silage harvester, featuring the new FPT Industrial V20 engine claims to have been developed specifically for forage harvesting applications. It delivers a massive 911hp maximum power at 1600 to 1800 rpm, 4,095 Nm maximum torque and a productivity-boosting 44% torque rise at 2100-1600 rpm. The power curve is mapped to match the precise requirements of foraging applications ensuring the best transient response, reacting fast to changing load. The V20 engine delivers the most fuel-efficient performance in the 1600 to 1900 rpm working range. This, together with the low maintenance costs results in the machine’s excellent Total Cost of Operation.
The overall feeding system has been improved and now features a 12.5% bigger intake channel thanks to higher lifting potential of the intake rolls with claims of delivering capacity at any given condition.
The FR920 features a new heavy-duty four-wheel-drive system developed to deal with the increased power and traction requirements. New Holland claims that it increases the maximum torque transferred to the wheels by 60% compared to the standard four wheel drive system, delivering all the traction this powerful machine may need in the toughest field conditions while ensuring field surface preservation. It features new heavy-duty axles that are guidance ready and a reinforced steering axle support. The new system also meets the increasing customer demand for being able to mount larger footprint steering tyres.
The engagement of the new heavy-duty four wheel drive on the FR920 is controlled by the standard Terralock feature, which automatically activates and deactivates the four wheel drive axle depending on the steering angle setting, minimising damage to the field surface during headland turns and reducing operator fatigue in long harvesting days.
The FR Forage Cruiser is available with a choice of three crop processors across the range including the new DuraCracker and DuraShredder heavy-duty crop processing systems. The new DuraCracker system has been designed with reinforced frames and drives to deliver uniform kernel cracking and processing. The DuraShredder adds a further element: rolls with additional spiral cuts that shred the crop and deliver more intensive processing.
These processing systems, combined with the Patented HydroLoc technology that claims to ensure constant chop length independently of throughput and crop type. The ActiveLoc system automatically adapts chop lengths to moisture content.
The new 9 m row-independent corn header equipped with six big drums is designed for tall corn and matches the capacity of the FR920. The header features a fast double folding function and a fully hands free support wheel attaching function.