Fendt has entered the competitive Australian harvester market with the launch of its Ideal model header.
Built at Agco's European harvesting centre of excellence in Breganze, Italy, the Fendt Ideal has been designed and engineered from the ground up, product marketing manager for harvesting at Agco, Jake Kerr, said.
"Agco has worked closely with a team of experts and developed each aspect so that it gives perfect results in the most demanding harvesting conditions," he said.
"We're very excited to be offering the Fendt Ideal combine harvester into the Australia and New Zealand region," he said.
"The Fendt Ideal is a high-capacity and technology-leading combine that aligns perfectly with Fendt's positioning in the professional broadacre sector."
Agco had developed the Ideal combine in four models ranging from 451 (336 kilowatts) to 790 (589kW) horsepower after identifying a niche in the future-oriented market environment.
The Fendt Ideal 8, 9 and 10 models featured high-performance MAN engines and the Ideal 7 featured an Agco engine.
The Helix threshing unit and the separating system ensured the ultimate in grain quality, Mr Kerr said.
"All grains are separated cleanly without negatively impacting on straw quality due to the longest rotor on the market today with its impressive 4.84-metre length and 600mm 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. This is where the name Helix is derived.
"The Ideal 8, 9 and 10 work with the Dual Helix threshing unit with two rotors while the Ideal 7 works with the Single Helix threshing unit and one rotor," he said.
"An extra innovation of the Fendt Ideal combine is the installation of two grain pans at the front of the threshing unit, meaning 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 is evenly distributed and efficiency maximised."
The Ciclone cleaning system, together with the exclusive Ideal Balance have been redesigned to further increase the cleaning capacity of the new Ideal 10T which featured a four-channel cleaning system, Mr Kerr said.
He said the Ideal was equipped with one of the largest grain tanks on the combine market with a capacity of 17,100 litres plus one of the fastest discharge rates.
The narrow vehicle frame of just 1.40m provided more space for even the widest tyres and crawler track options, he said.