11 September 1998

NH forage harvester joins the high horsepower club

New Holland sprung a

surprise at the National

Forage Maize day with the

introduction of a new range of

self-propelled forage harvesters.

Ian Marshall reports

ANEWcontender has entered the high horse-power sector of the self-propelled forage harvester market – New Holland, which now has a 525hp model.

Unveiled at the National Forage Maize day, the FX58 is the most powerful in a new four-model range, joining the FX28, FX38 and FX48, which replace the current FX models.

To satisfy large scale contractors demands for ever greater output, the new machines are all fitted with more powerful engines.

For the FX58, New Holland has turned to a new engine supplier, Caterpillar. Power comes from a 14.6-litre, 6-cylinder unit which delivers 525hp (gross) at 2100rpm and 25% torque back-up.

A 13.8-litre, 6-cylinder Iveco-Aifo, turbo charged and inter-cooled, is used to power the FX28, FX38 and FX48, giving them respective outputs of 345, 414 and 459hp. Torque back up is 25%, a 5% increase on their predecessors.

All models feature a four-speed hydrostatic transmission, and optional equipment includes electro-hydraulically engaged mechanical four-wheel drive.

Base unit prices range from £107,884 for a two-wheel drive FX28 in grass configuration to £163,708 for a four-wheel drive FX58 in maize configuration and with auto greasing.