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AGCO’s New Gleaner Combines

Posted on August 16, 2013

AGCO, has introduced the Gleaner S8 Super Series combines to dealers and customers.  The new Gleaner line are Tier 4 final, Class 6 through Class 8 platforms, and are claimed to be the industry’s first Class 8 transverse rotary combines.

The new Gleaner design starts with a unitized, welded mainframe with a low center of gravity and true centerline design. This was done to provide balanced weight distribution.  AGCO said the S88 model is as much as 12,300 pounds lighter. The new Class 7 Gleaner S78 is as much as 8200 pounds lighter.

New to Gleaner are AGCO Power 9.8L seven-cylinder engines, which will power both the S88 and S78 models. The Tier 4 final engines combine selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and external-cooled exhaust gas recirculation (cEGR) technology to meet EPA emissions mandates. With diesel exhaust fluid dosing that combines SCR and dual turbochargers with external-cooled EGR, the engines avoid the need for diesel particulate filters, AGCO said. 

“With the dual turbochargers, these engines deliver more power and run as cool as our Tier 4i engines that didn’t have external-cooled EGR,” Kevin Bien Gleaner brand marketing manager said.  

Specifically, the Model S88 combines are rated at 430 hp with a maximum boost of 471 hp, while the Model S78 combines are rated at 375 hp with a maximum boost to 451 hp.

The model S68 is powered by the AGCO Power 8.4L engine, which is rated at 322 hp with a maximum boost to 390 hp. While the S68 retains the 8.4L engine, it is also dual turbocharged and has the external cEGR. It offers the same processor as the larger machines, with a higher horsepower rating than before and a maximum power boost more than 13 percent greater than the model it replaces.

All S8 models will feature Gleaner’s optional XR transmission with two-speed hydro for greater climbing ability on hills and on-the-go shifting. The two-speed on-the-go shift will be done from a button on the right-hand console for improved hill-climbing performance and better acceleration on the road.

In addition, Gleaner’s SmartCooling system with reversing variable-pitch fan not only eliminates the need to clean radiators, coolers and rotary screen, AGCO said, it keeps the engine compartment clean and the engine cool with as much as 66 percent less horsepower.