Video Tour of Case IH AF11 Combine

Case IH Shows its AF11 Class 10+ Combine at National Farm Machinery Show

Dan Miller
By  Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
The Case IH 775 hp, 567-bushel AF11 is the manufacturer's first-ever dual rotor combine to produce what it says are industry-leading levels of harvesting capacity. (Photo courtesy of Case-IH)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (DTN) -- Case IH this week is showing off its brand new, Class 10+ combine, the AF11, to perhaps 300,000 visitors attending the four-day National Farm Machinery Show. The show featuring 800 exhibitors ends Saturday.

The AF11 is eye-catching. It has a modern design -- the flowing body panels give a technological, fresh and efficient look, Case-IH says.

Here is a video walkaround of the AF11:…

The AF11 is an entry into that largest, Class 10-plus segment of combines, said Leo Bose, harvesting segment leader for Case-IH. "This combine is designed for capacity, with new technology, but the ultimate in run time," he said. "The feeder house has been totally redesigned to bring in a wider and thicker crop mat."

The AF11 operates with a 775 hp engine and holds 567 bushels in the grain tank (a 39% increase compared to the 9250 series combine). The AF11 can mount up a 50-foot draper head and 16-row corn head. Operators unload that tank at 6 bushels per second -- 100 seconds for the full tank.

Case-IH reconfigured engine placement in the AF11. By turning the engine 90 degrees from a more typical orientation, the AF11 benefits from an in-line relationship with the gearbox and drives. "In-line drives have allowed us to increase efficiency of the drive train, but also allow us to save fuel," Bose said.

Out back, an automated, hydraulically driven, radar-controlled spreader distributes residue evenly and beyond 50 feet.

After operators get comfortable in the cab's new seat -- heated, cooled, massage function -- he or she can monitor by way of two tablet-like dual Pro 1200 displays showing machine and harvest functions, remote view other combines operating in the field, monitor live images of grain for quality and by way of cameras mounted around the combine, monitor the auger, rear of the AF11 and benefit from a 360-degree outside view to support ongoing operations, such as the activity of grain carts.

In the threshing and separating area is Case IH's first-ever dual rotor, the AFXL2, with an active and dynamic cleaning system. "The AFXL2 dual rotor technology drives that capability to harvest more in less time," Bose said.

The AF11 is the first in the AF series that will offer a number of top-of-the-line technology-focused features, including Case IH's combine automation package, Harvest Command.

Limited production of the AF11 is underway at Case IH's Grand Island, Nebraska, facility. Case IH is signaling full production in time for harvest 2025. Pricing has not been released.

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