Massey Ferguson is pleased to unveil the ‘Next Generation’ of axial combines. Simply put, the all-new Massey Ferguson 9500 Series Combines are the most productive and efficient combines ever offered from Massey Ferguson – providing greater power and capacity – designed to perform in even the most adverse crop conditions. The 9500 Series combines are powered by new AGCO POWER engines and offer exclusive advancements such as the new Trident processor, exclusive V-Cool system, redesigned cleaning system and more.
“Since 2006, we have committed significant investments to growing the company’s global presence in crop harvesting. The recent introduction of the Massey Ferguson 9250 DynaFlex header is just one example of the outcome of the increased resources,” explains Kevin Cobb, product marketing manager for Massey Ferguson combines. “The 9500 Series represents another milestone in the strategy, introducing major design advancements to our axial combine and delivering new solutions to today’s harvesting challenges.”
e3 technology provides compliance without compromise
The Massey Ferguson 9500 Series exhibits exceptional fuel efficiency without compromising power or torque ratings. This is made possible by AGCO POWER diesel engines that feature AGCO’s exclusive e3 Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) clean-air technology to meet Tier 4 interim (Tier 4i) emission compliance standards. With SCR technology, the exhaust reduction process takes place outside of the engine after combustion – allowing the engine to operate at a cooler temperature – so as to not diminish engine performance or fuel efficiency.
The Massey Ferguson 9500 Series features three all-new models. With a six-cylinder 8.4 liter engine, the MF9520 is rated at 313 hp (234 kW) with up to 344 hp (257 kW) power bulge at 1,950 rpm. The MF9540 and MF9560 offer an all-new 9.8 liter, seven-cylinder engine positioned inline with the axial rotor for maximum driveline efficiency. The MF9540 with 370 hp (276 kW) at 2,100 rpm delivers a power bulge up to 426 hp (318 kW) at 1,950 rpm; and the model 9560 with 460 hp (343 kW) at 2,100 rpm provides a power bulge at 2,000 rpm that climbs to 477 hp (356 kW) and an unloading boost up to 502 hp (374 kW).
V-Cool system delivers efficiencies and less daily maintenance
The MF9540 and MF9560 models also feature the industry-exclusive V-Cool system. This setup positions the engine radiator, hydraulic cooling system and air-to-air intercooler in a V-shaped design below a hydraulically driven variable-speed fan which operates at the optimum speed according to temperature demand. The unique design eliminates the need to “stack” cooling elements, thereby creating a more efficient system with less chance of blockage.
The V-Cool system even includes a “purge” cycle that reverses the fan as needed to clear the air intake of chaff and other debris. This process is controlled by temperature sensors which verify air flow through the cooling system. When airflow decreases despite increased fan rpm, the system will reverse the fan to blow dirt and chaff away, cleaning the intake screen so airflow is not obstructed and the engine maintains optimal temperature. The V-Cool “purge” cycle is triggered four different ways: detection of airflow restriction; engine speed reduced below 1800 rpm; manual control; and automatic cleaning at 15-minute intervals.
Trident™ processor for gentle, thorough threshing and separation of heavy crop
At the heart of the MF9540 and MF9560 models is the all-new Trident processor featuring a segmented-rotor design versus a straight-bar design to efficiently yet gently handle today’s heavier, tougher crop material. The mechanically driven rotor uses a combination of threshing elements and separation paddles arranged in a helical configuration. The interchangeable narrow and wide paddles deliver even and gentle separation of crops in various conditions. To maximize crop flow, the Trident rotor features a multi-zone intake that feeds the rotor evenly and consumes less power.
In addition, the Trident processor has a six-segment concave design with three options for various crops – small wire (10.4 mm spacing; small grains), large wire (16.6 mm spacing; soybeans, corn) and round bar (16 mm spacing; soy and edible beans, corn). These interchangeable concaves are designed to be easily removed and replaced by one person allowing quick changes to optimize capacity if necessary. The Massey Ferguson 9540 and 9560 models take added crop material in stride due in part to a new H-frame suspension system for the concaves which incorporates spring overload protection. The springs allow the concave support frame to expand outward so crop material and obstacles in the field can more easily pass through, reducing the chance of damage to the concaves or frame.
More capacity calls for more cleaning and grain handling
To meet the increased capacity of the Trident processor, both models boast a newly designed cleaning system that naturally stratifies crop using three distinct air zones for full-length cleaning without the need for distribution augers. By adding an upper deck air stream directly below the processor, a forceful air blast pushes material other than grain (MOG) towards the rear of the machine so less material is landing directly on the cleaning shoe. A new adjustable pre-chaffer replaces the cascade pan on previous models for more capacity and adjustability in all crops.
A 10-inch clean grain cross auger and high capacity grain elevator both contribute to a 60 percent capacity increase in clean-grain delivery to the standard 350-bushel bin. An optional 24-foot unload auger still maintains the industry’s fastest average unload rate at four-bushels-per-second and gives a longer reach when using a larger header.
New header drive handles larger headers and tough crop conditions
The feeder house of the MF9540 and MF9560 combines has been lengthened by more than six inches to improve operator visibility. Additionally, header-drive power capacity has been increased by more than 50 percent compared to previous models to accommodate the power needs of today’s larger headers. By increasing power capacity, the variable or fixed speed header drive can efficiently handle the demands of increased crop volume combined with the tougher stalks and stems of today’s crop genetics.
9500 Series built to exceed expectations
“The new Massey Ferguson harvesting lineup answers the most challenging question – how to build a combine with more capacity and less complexity,” adds Cobb. “As evidenced by the all-new Massey Ferguson 9500 Series axial combines, we’ve come a long way since Massey-Harris perfected the world’s first commercially successful self-propelled combine in 1938. Because we’ve not forgotten the principles and ideas upon which Massey Ferguson was founded, we are committed to designing and developing state-of-the-art machinery that exceeds grower’s expectations in performance and reliability.”
For more information on the new Massey Ferguson 9500 Series Axial Combines, visit http://www.masseyferguson.com or your local Massey Ferguson dealer.
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