What is a combine harvester?
The combine harvester is a self-propelled machine used for harvesting (harvesting grain) and threshing (extracting seeds). It is therefore used for harvesting wheat and then we obtain the generation of straw. It has the advantage of bringing together these two operations that were previously separate. There are three types of combine harvesters, depending on the grain separation system: straw walker (also called conventional), rotor (unconventional), or hydrid combine harvesters. The combine's transmission can be hydrostatic or mechanical, with a number of driving wheels varying from 2 to 4.
What is the combine made of?
A combine harvester is made up of different parts. First of all, we can distinguish the cutting elements such as the cutter bar, the grain header and the conveyor. Then there are the parts intended for threshing such as shakers, beaters or rotors, concave or even flow accelerators. You can add various accessories to it depending on the cutting operation to be performed, such as the corn or sunflower header or the rapeseed saw. The most recent combines are very sophisticated machines: some have a satellite tracking system.
How to choose your combine harvester?
The acquisition of a combine harvester requires very specific purchasing criteria: the size of your plots, that is to say the number of hectares you will have to harvest, will be decisive in starting your research. You must also ask yourself the question of how long you want to harvest. Do you have a small plot and want quick harvests? Or, on the contrary, do you have a lot of surface area and you are rather flexible on the working hours of the machines? You will then have to try to calculate the power / surface ratio you need. This calculation will allow you to go instead to a combine harvester with 5 or 6 or even 7 or 8 straw walkers, rotor or double rotor. Today there are also tools such as the Météo France database that will allow you to anticipate periods of rainy days. You can thus calculate the number of agronomically practicable days (JAP) and optimize costs while maintaining high productivity. Finally, it is also preferable to question yourself upstream about the purpose of your harvests and the quality of the straw you are going to produce.
It is thanks to all these anticipations that you will finally be able to choose the more technical characteristics of your combine: once your choice of combine type has been made, you must choose its power (some can go up to 800 horsepower), the length of your cutter bar, the width of the thresher, the number of straw walkers or rotors and finally the capacity of the hopper.
Buying a used combine harvester?
On Europe-Agriculture.com you will find hundreds of used combine advertisements. Going to second-hand can be a great choice, especially when it comes to large equipment like combines. This can avoid investing in new equipment which loses a lot of value from its first days of use. Do you own small plots and only use your combine for a few days a year? A second-hand purchase can be a suitable solution. The important criteria will then be the number of hours of the machine, its price and its throughput. Europe-Agriculture.com therefore suggests that you select all these criteria in order to better refine your search and perhaps find the perfect combine for you.
What are the main brands of combine harvesters?
The main brands of combine harvesters are New Holland, Claas, John Deere, Case IH, Laverda, Massey-Ferguson, Deutz-Fahr and Fendt. Each brand offers machines designed to meet all the expectations of small producers and professionals. What is the best brand of combine harvester? It is difficult to make a choice since all brands have good arguments. Ultimately, it is the buyer's criteria that will determine the right brand for them. New Holland, for example, offers high-performance combines with a very large hopper capacity of up to 14,500 liters. The Lexion range from Claas also offers large capacity hoppers. The new X9 from John Deere offers impressive throughput with a 16,200-liter hopper. Combine harvesters are more and more sophisticated: connectivity, data sharing, digital management have become essential options for fast and quality work. Because the new options are sometimes complicated to understand, manufacturers plan training days in order to facilitate the handling of their machines by potential buyers.
How to sell your combine harvester?
If you want to sell your combine harvester, you can take advantage of the visibility of the Europe-Agriculture.com site to maximize your chances of selling. You can register directly on the site and describe the characteristics of your combine. Finally, you just have to validate your ad.
Are you looking for spare parts for your used combine harvester?
Europe-Agriculture.com offers you to find your new or used parts in order to maintain or repair your combine! Indicate the name of the part or check directly in the different categories and sub-categories offered ... You will then be able to view all the ads for new or used spare parts for your harvester but also for the equipment that comes with it!
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