AGCO debuts ‘nimble and light’ Gleaner S8 Super Series in 2013
Fog drifted across the floor of the Hartman Arena as 1,700 people waited in semi-darkness. Music swelled, a curtain started inching up and flashes of light revealed three glistening gray and black machines. AGCO’s new Gleaner S8 Super Series was officially launched.
Gleaner celebrated 90 years of harvesting in 2013 with the August unveiling near AGCO’s Hesston, Kan., facility. The full line includes three models — the S68, S78 and S88, the industry’s first Class 8 transverse rotary combine — all of which meet Tier 4 Final standards for emissions.
“The S8 Series is not just a decal. It’s much, much more than that,” said Gleaner brand marketing manager Kevin Bien.
Three years of work went into reducing weight, size and fuel consumption while maximizing capacity, grain quality, reliability and durability. The result is what Bien calls a “nimble and light” harvester that focuses its power on threshing and separating the grain with simpler, straight-through shafts in lieu of 90-degree gearboxes or Continuously Variable Transmission drives.
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