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

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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.

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