Eyre Peninsula farmer purchases world's largest combine

HARVEST: Curtis's Sales and Service sales representative Kieran Laver and satisfied customer Ben McNamara.
HARVEST: Curtis's Sales and Service sales representative Kieran Laver and satisfied customer Ben McNamara.

A farm on the Eyre Peninsula is now home to the largest combine in the world at 60-feet.

Jamalka Farming Enterprises owner Ben McNamara purchased the state’s first Midwest Fabrication 18 metre combine for his Whites River property.

“It all came down to efficiency,” Mr McNamara said.

“It’s a whole new ball game...it’s timeliness as well, it means I can reap at the correct time despite all the other things going on around the property.”

Mr McNamara said he was very happy with his new equipment and that it had allowed him to harvest crops days earlier than he expected.

The New Holland CR10.90 header is also the largest in the world and the first sold in the region and has a 700 horsepower turbo charged engine.

Curtis’s sales and services Kieran Laver said the header had a 14,500 litre grain tank that could be unloaded at 146 litres per second.

“There has been a rise in demand across the region for larger capacity headers, mainly due to availability of workers and costs,” he said.

“It’s the largest commercial header and combine front in the world.”

He said just days after Mr McNamara’s purchase, another farmer in the region purchased the same header.

The combine harvester features new opti-spread technology for finer chopping, wider spreading and uniform residue distribution and 22 inch twin rotors to help in-line crop flow.