Cost Effective Harvesting with Case IH
- Studies made by Göttingen University (Germany) provide cost analysis of different combine threshing systems
- Case IH Axial-Flow® AFX 8010 and AFX 2388 head the rankings
Independent researchers using in-field trials to assess the cost efficiency of different combine types have found Case IH Axial-Flow machines to have the lowest overall operating costs and the lowest spare parts costs of all models tested.
With the cost of harvesting accounting for more than a quarter of overall grain crop production expenditure, scientists at the Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany, conducted an investigation into the running costs of different combines. Two Axial‑Flow machines from Case IH were included, an AFX 8010 and an AFX 2388, and both machines won first place in their classes for spare parts costs and average running costs.
Up to 20 percent lower harvesting costs
Average running costs, including depreciation, interest and operating costs, worked out at €10.96/tonne for the Case IH Axial-Flow machines. By comparison, the other combines supplied by Claas, John Deere and New Holland for the three-year field test all cost at least €13.29/tonne to run.
Only a third of the spare parts costs of other systems
The manufacturer comparison showed, in all three years of the field trial, that Case IH combines had the lowest spare parts costs of all machines tested. Average cost of spare parts during the three-year test was just €0.55/tonne of harvested crop, while the comparative figures for competitors’ machines were between €0.89 and €1.44/tonne. One of the major reasons for this, according to the independent testers, was the simplicity and reliability of the threshing system used by the Case IH Axial-Flow single-rotor combines.
The average annual harvesting costs for the Axial-Flow models also put them in pole position, at only €81/ha, a figure more than 20 percent lower than the most expensive-to-run model in the test.
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