O’Connors to unveil cutting-edge harvest technology


The Case IH Axial-Flow 250 Series will be launched at Wimmera Machinery Field Days following last year’s release of the US version (pictured).

O’Connors to unveil cutting-edge harvest technology

The latest in harvest technology will be unveiled at this year’s Wimmera Machinery Field Days, as O’Connors and Case IH unveil the new Axial-Flow 250 Series.

The 250 Series will not only sport a different look with new tri-stripe decal styling, it also represents a new era in combine harvesting technology and productivity.

The feeder house has been redesigned to increase feeder lift capacity, feeder drive capacity, fore-aft feeder faceplate tilt and header height control; a new two-speed electric shift ground drive transmission provides higher tractive effort and grade-ability across a wider speed range; and with the new transmission, the feed-rate option has been upgraded and will now utilise ground drive pressure and engine load to determine the available power for crop processing.

Enclosed hydraulic powered disc brakes, new front axle and final drives, electronic diff lock control and scalable MFH speed control also feature.

“We’re very excited to be hosting the Australian launch of the Axial-Flow 250 Series,” O’Connors Chief Executive Officer Gareth Webb said, adding, “Case IH is continually pushing the boundaries of innovation and we’re looking forward to showing customers how this can deliver enhanced productivity and efficiency for their farming operations.”

Visitors to the field days will also have the chance to check out some unique changes to the Axial-Flow 150 Series, which actually had their origins in Australia.

A limited-edition Case IH Axial-Flow 150 Series combine will soon be available on the Australian market, and is debuting at Wimmera, celebrating the company’s International Harvester (IH) heritage. The combine features a heritage-inspired paint scheme with the traditional IH white roof and rims as well as side-panel decals reminiscent of the first Axial-Flow, introduced into the market over 40 years ago.

The special-edition Axial-Flow was announced in North America in July, and its Australian launch is a proud moment for the Australia/New Zealand Case IH team.

When the Axial-Flow marked its 40th anniversary in 2017, the local Case IH team wanted to do something special to honour the milestone.

“We had an idea to pay tribute to our proud history and present an Axial-Flow in the 40th anniversary colours at AgQuip 2017, and it got a great response from visitors to the Case IH site,” said Tim Slater, Product Manager for Hay and Harvest, Case IH ANZ.

“The uptake on social media and the feedback it created was amazing. This extended especially to North America where the social media interest really took off once the photos of it at AgQuip started to circulate. So, due to such strong interest it was thrown out there as a global idea and now it’s being rolled out on combines in the US and here.”

The official unveiling of the Case IH Axial-Flow 250 Series and the limited edition 150 Series will take place on Tuesday 5th March, coinciding with the Field Days’ inaugural twilight session. Visitors to the O’Connors site (J1-15) will be able to view the new machines for the duration of the event and Case IH and O’Connors staff will be available to discuss all your machinery needs.