AGCO Geraldton dealership AgWest Machinery unveiled its two header flagships last week to provide farmers with the latest technology updates.
And WA area sales manager Jason Hayes also was keen to emphasise AGCO's exponential growth in Australia.
"I'm here today with our national sales manager Stephen Nankivell and national combine product manager Shane Jardine to support AgWest's efforts and to underline the company's commitment to service back-up," he said.
"We know we have some great products in Gleaner and Massey Ferguson headers and Fendt and Challenger tractors and it's just a matter of creating product awareness and talking with farmers, which is what these type of days are all about.
"We think we have a great story to tell with a bigger focus on the broadacre market than we previously had and we're in the market with products which have world-wide appeal because of their performances, reliability and resale value.
"And in many instances we are ahead of the game in areas such as precision technology with the benefits of our research and development programs already being implemented with products such as our Tyton terminal which integrates data from yield and moisture sensors and global positioning to provide live mapping."
Mr Hayes said the Tyton was a big feature in the company's new S97 Super Series Gleaners which would be the focus of demonstrations throughout the Wheatbelt during this harvest.
Designated the S97 and S98, the models have been designed for farmers seeking class 7 and 8 machines.
Both models boast a new Vision cab and a Tyton terminal, plus modifications to the feeder house, drive electronics and drive mechanics.
According to Mr Jardine, AGCO has incorporated the latest technology, comfort features and engineering advancements to ensure the combines can handle a wide range of harvesting conditions.
Gleaner's Vision cab is a completely re-designed cab being 15 per cent larger than previous models and has a larger instructor seat with a fold-down back that doubles as laptop computer storage and workspace.
The cab features a 22pc larger, deep-curved front windshield and six square metres of total glass area for a clearer view of the cutter bar, header ends and harvested areas behind each side of the header.
A solar-protectant laminate minimizes sun exposure through the front glass and sound-deadening material throughout the cab keeps operating environment to 75.5 decibels.
The completely re-designed control console is located to the right of the operator seat with ergonomic placement and intuitive color-coding of the buttons and switches.
A multi-function hydro handle controls travel direction and speed and provides easy access to buttons to engage the processor, header and parking brake.
All header adjustments and controls are consolidated on a panel outside of the monitor.
According to AGCO, a slim-profile steering post, new cab post placement, 12 new cab lights with high-lumen projection and new dual remote mirrors are among the two dozen innovations on the Vision cab.
The Tyton terminal provides the full menu of products and services from Fuse, AGCO's next-generation technology approach to match the needs of modern precision farming practices.
The terminal has four display quadrants for live data recording and graphics with a colour touch-screen interface.
Automatic header width control is included while available TaskDoc task management and record keeping solutions provide complete field documentation systems for wireless transfer of data between the machine and the office.
In addition, the S9 Series offers the optional Auto-Guide guidance system with a NovAtel or Trimble satellite receiver.
Auto-Guide control also is integrated through the Tyton terminal, eliminating a separate screen in the cab.
AGCO says the Gleaner's natural-flow feeding has been refined to improve feeding capacity in difficult crop conditions such as heavy canola swaths where uneven feeding can occur. The feeder house floor has been lowered and the feeder house runners and torque tube raised, creating clearance under the feed shaft. The feeder house also has been lengthened for better visibility of the cutter bar from the cab.
Subsequently header lift cylinders has been re-designed and a proportional valve has been added to the header-lift hydraulic system, so operators can adjust header raise/ lower speed and sensitivity to their preference.
New electronics and re-designed hydraulic systems eliminate all cables and linkage for the hydrostatic propel system.
A 13,743 litre bushel grain bin is standard.
p More information: www.GleanerCombines.com.au