Comparing the cabs of three new combines on the market
Chris McCullough takes a look at the newest cabs designed by the world’s leading combine manufacturers to see how operator-friendly they are
As combine operators can spend 15 to 20 hours in a cab per day in peak harvest season, they need to be comfortable and alert.
To help them do this, combine manufacturers should provide a comfortable cabin to work from, allowing easy and free access to all the controls, as well as freedom to get in and out of the seat and the cab itself.
This means the seat and hand and foot controls need to suit the demands of the operator, ensuring he or she can access the controls comfortably no matter their size or shape.
Good cabins have a good seat, excellent visibility, easy control access, low noise levels and decent ventilation and air conditioning.
On hot harvest days there is a lot of dust around, which can enter the cab via the ventilation or air conditioning system, so these need to be manufactured with very efficient filter systems that are easily cleaned.
Excessive noise levels are also a major health issue to combine operators and need to be below regulatory levels to increase operator cab comfort as well.
Taking all these factors into consideration it is vital combine manufacturers ensure their cabs are as comfortable and efficient as they can for optimum operator comfort.
Here, Farms & Farm Machinery looks at three combines by John Deere, Claas and Case IH to see how they are making the working day easier during harvest season.