2023 Top Five Most Powerful Combine Harvesters Worldwide – The ‘Battlefield Machines’ of Grain Harvesting
As the wheat fields gradually turn golden, the peak of agricultural busyness has arrived! It’s time to harvest the wheat, and I believe you are eager to roll up your sleeves and get to work! However, instead of manually harvesting, using a versatile agricultural tool like the ‘Combine Harvester,’ which integrates cutting, threshing, and cleaning functions, is a more reliable choice. Today, let’s take a look at the top five most powerful combine harvesters in the world for 2023, with no specific ranking order in this edition.
Fifth Place – USA Lexion 8900 (LEXION 8900)
The Lexion 8900 is a high-performance combine harvester produced by CLAAS LERAN. It measures approximately 10 to 12 meters in length, 4 to 5 meters in height, and has a total weight of about 20 to 25 tons.
The Lexion 8900 is equipped with a high-performance engine, delivering around 450 to 790 horsepower, and, when paired with different cutting headers, it can achieve harvesting speeds ranging from hundreds to thousands of square meters per hour. The cutting header can be personalized between 12 to 13.8 meters in width to meet specific requirements. During the harvesting process, it efficiently separates grains from straw, completing threshing and sieving operations.
The Lexion 8900 features a large grain tank on the roof, with a capacity of 10,000 to 13,000 liters, providing low unloading frequency and excellent continuous operation capability. When the tank is full, the intelligent collection and data management system becomes active, directing the grains to designated positions for management. The unloading speed can reach 75 to 105 kilograms per second.
The Lexion 8900 is highly automated, equipped with a sophisticated control system and intelligent functions, which significantly optimize the harvesting process, greatly improving efficiency, and yield.
Fourth Place – German Fendt Ideal 10T (Fendt IDEAL 10T)
The Fendt Ideal 10T is one of the top models in the IDEAL series of combine harvesters developed by Fendt. It incorporates advanced technologies and innovative designs, aiming to deliver outstanding harvesting efficiency and operational quality.
The Fendt Ideal 10T has dimensions of approximately 10.2 meters in length, 4.3 meters in width, and 4.2 meters in height. It is equipped with a MAN 16.2-liter engine, providing a maximum output of 790 horsepower, making it adaptable to various operating conditions and demands. To meet the rapid and efficient harvesting needs of large agricultural areas, it is often equipped with a 12.2-meter wide cutting header. As a high-performance combine harvester, it also features an advanced threshing system, achieving a grain separation rate of over 99% according to official data.
It is further equipped with advanced sensors and control technology, facilitating real-time monitoring and adjustment of the threshing process to ensure high-quality grain collection. Compared to its predecessor, the Fendt Ideal 9T, the Ideal 10T’s working area has increased by 12%, and its separation capacity and yield have been significantly improved. With a large capacity grain tank of 17,100 liters, it can achieve an unloading speed of approximately 105 kilograms per second.
The Ideal 10T puts a strong emphasis on the operator’s experience, featuring a more intelligent and comfortable operating cabin. Notably, it replaces the traditional “control steering wheel” with control levers for speed and steering, providing a clear and unobstructed view from all three sides.
Third Place – Italian New Holland GR10.90 (New Holland GR10.90)
The GR10.90 is a globally renowned combine harvester designed and manufactured by the Italian New Holland Agriculture company, trusted and chosen by numerous farmers and agricultural enterprises worldwide.
Measuring approximately 10.05 meters in length, 4.32 meters in width, and 4.31 meters in height, the GR10.90 is equipped with a powerful full-time four-wheel-drive system and a 15-liter engine, capable of delivering up to 700 horsepower. Its cutting header typically spans around 10.7 meters, featuring an efficient cutting and harvesting system for quick and effective harvesting of large agricultural areas. The cutting header also boasts automatic adjustment and floating capabilities, allowing height adjustment between 4.3 meters to 5.2 meters to adapt to different crop types and terrains. With an advanced semi-drum threshing system, it achieves high efficiency and quality.
The GR10.90 is equipped with a highly capable cleaning system, removing impurities and defective grains, ensuring high-quality grain collection. Its grain tank has a capacity of approximately 16,000 liters, with an unloading speed of 145 kilograms per second. Equipped with a touchscreen monitor, it enables real-time monitoring of the threshing process and supports customized settings for up to 50 different crops.
Second Place – USA Case IH 9250 “Axial-Flow 250”
The Case IH 9250 “Axial-Flow 250” is a high-performance agricultural combine harvester designed and manufactured by Case IH. It adopts advanced Axial-Flow technology, aiming to provide efficient and reliable harvesting solutions.
This combine harvester is commonly equipped with a high-performance engine, delivering between 498 to 634 horsepower. Its 14-meter wide cutting header features a knife system and streamlined design, enabling precise and uniform cutting, ensuring high-quality harvesting results. With a grain tank capacity of approximately 14,400 liters and an unloading speed of 113 liters per second, it can fully unload in just two minutes.
Besides these essential specifications, the Case IH 9250 incorporates several practical proprietary technologies developed by Case IH. It comes with the latest AFS Harvest Command automation system, which employs Axial-Flow technology specifically developed for ever-changing harvesting conditions, providing gentle and efficient grain threshing. The combine harvester adopts a self-leveling sieve system, with automatic screen and fan cleaning adjustments, maximizing grain cleanliness and separation while minimizing losses.
Lastly, Case IH pays great attention to the design of the operator’s cabin, claiming it to be one of the quietest, most spacious, and most comfortable cabins in the market. The essential function operating systems are integrated into the right-side control console and multifunctional levers, ensuring ergonomic design.
First Place – Russian Rostselmash Torum785 (ROSTSELMASH TORUM785)
The Torum785 is an exceptional agricultural combine harvester designed and manufactured by ROSTSELMASH, a Russian agricultural machinery manufacturer. Since its introduction, it has gained widespread acclaim and recognition in the agricultural industry for its outstanding performance and reliability.
The Torum785 is suitable for harvesting all types of traditional grains, measuring approximately 11 meters in length, 3.9 meters in width, 4 meters in height, and weighing around 17 tons. It is equipped with a standard 520 horsepower engine, offering fuel-efficient and durable performance. As a combine harvester, it delivers impressive harvesting efficiency. Under proper operation, it can process up to 45 tons of grain crops per hour and cover cutting areas as extensive as 2,000 hectares per season. It is often equipped with a 12,000 liters capacity grain tank, with an unloading speed of 120 liters per second.