I saw several intriguing new products at the recent Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa.
One was Versatile’s new combine, the RT490 - a 490 hp Class VIII self propelled combine.
It’s manufactured in Russia by Versatile’s parent company and assembled in Versatile’s plant in Winnipeg, Canada.
The combine isn’t actually new. It’s one of the best-selling combines in Europe and Russia.
Versatile thinks North America farmers will be interested in it, too.
Like Versatile tractors, the RT490 is designed to be rugged, reliable and simple to maintain and service.
The North American version has a Cummins 11.9L engine with Variable Geometry Turbochargers to improve fuel economy and help control emissions.
It has a rotary threshing system that’s different -- and better -- than ones in U.S. combines, according to Versatile.
In the RT490, a 360 degree concave wraps around a large rotor and rotates in the opposite direction of the rotor. The counter rotation of the concave in relation to the rotor creates three separate threshing areas during each rotor revolution. Grain is threshed three times in each rotation, which increases throughput and provides a cleaner grain sample.
Versatile claims the moving concave makes RT490 more productive in high yield fields and in difficult crop conditions than combines with stationary concaves.
This combine is definitely one to see for yourself.
Base list price: $389,000. Contact Versatile at 204-661-8711 or see www.verstatile-ag.com for more information.