“It has dual helix rotors and it has a length of 5m, which allows for such a big separation and threshing area. In wheat and canola, the separation area is important, but for rice it is even more important.”
The big rotors have a 600-mm diameter. They separate gently and reliably while operating at lower speeds and using less power.
Separating rice is difficult because it is harvested green with 20 to 23 percent moisture. Robert says he looked at other brands which had a similar capacity. “From what we could see, we weren’t happy with their grain loss.”
He also took the time to measure grain loss in the Fendt Ideal.
“Harvesting a 6-7 tonne/ha wheat crop at 35-40 tonnes/hour harvest losses were less than half a percent. Harvesting rice averaging 12 to 13 tonne/ha with a large amount of green material coming in, harvest losses were only 1 percent.
“This is exceptional and means more return at the end of harvest. That is one of the biggest reasons why we went with this machine.”
Robert has two other important reasons for choosing the Fendt Ideal – its tracks and its 12m AGCO PowerFlow front.