BOONE, Iowa - Tribine Industries LLC released the first fundamentally new harvester architecture since the 1940s earlier this year, and selected Cummins engines to power the harvester. Tribine’s new and unique design utilizes two Cummins engines – a QSB6.7 rated at 260 hp (194 kW), which provides power to the hydraulic pumps moving the machine and a QSL9 rated at 325 hp (242 kW), which drives a large number of belts that handle the crop production.
“The future of harvesting is now,” explained Ben Dillon, President of Tribine Harvester.
“The Tribine performs all of the functions of a combine, only better and faster. Incorporating a 1,000-bushel grain bin, the Tribine can eliminate the need for a grain cart and tractor running parallel with the combine.”
This design improvement is a big deal for the agriculture industry, since compaction can reduce grain yields from 3 percent to 10 percent. While other machines use up to six tires of varying widths and spacing, creating multiple paths and more compaction of the soil, the Tribine’s four aligned low-ground-pressure tires, with center articulation and a pivoting rear axle, ensure that it will leave only one trail. Additionally, the Cummins-powered Tribine uses the world’s largest threshing and cleaning system, providing a significant efficiency improvement, with up to twice the cleaning area of any other harvesting machine. Speed of harvesting is also improved by the ability to unload the 1,000-bushel grain tank in less than 2 minutes, and the 500-gallon fuel tank capacity enables 24 hours of continuous operation.
Dillon said he was impressed with how Cummins supported this project from beginning to end, with Cummins sales, engineering and service, as well as the quick on-site support he received from Cummins on-call technician. Dillon looks forward to the ongoing support he will receive from Cummins as Tribine approaches production of 25 units for the 2017 harvest.
The new machine will be on display in Tribine’s booth and also working in the fields at the upcoming Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, 2016.
Tribine’s management and engineering teams are experienced professionals with agricultural industry expertise. The Tribine team mission is to work towards new innovation in the design and engineering of harvesting systems, from the cleaning systems to the farmer’s cab experience. Many of its team have run large farm operations, which gave them invaluable hands-on experience for working at Tribine. They live and work in the Wichita and Newton areas, dedicated to bringing the Tribine to farmers in 2016 and beyond. Additional information regarding Tribine Harvester can be found on their web-site at www.tribine.com.
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