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AVR introduces Puma 4.0: A high-tech harvester with comfort drive

The AVR Comfort Drive provides precise depth control, lower depth of harvesting, lower fuel consumption and even better harvesting quality. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

With the Puma 4.0, the world leader in the segment of four-row self-propelled harvesters, AVR introduced the world to a robust, high-tech harvester

For season 2023, AVR is planning a major upgrade of the actuation method of the ACC digging unit’s depth control mechanism. With the All Conditions Control digging unit, users can harvest either using diabolos or using probes, i.e. without exerting any pressure on the ridge.

The control technology responsible for depth control when harvesting using probes was thoroughly reviewed. Control is now a lot more accurate, which means the digging unit, and as a consequence the whole machine, can be operated more stable than ever.

Immediate advantages for the user are as follows:

1. More comfortable for the driver: The control performs very well under all circumstances (also in case of spray tracks, on inclined terrains, etc.), meaning manual intervention is no longer necessary.

2. A more precise control also improves the harvesting quality. A potato harvester’s performance is largely determined by an accurate harvesting depth. Harvesting should not be too deep, nor should it be too shallow. The lesser the soil entering the harvester, the lesser the processing required. This means lesser load on the machine, resulting in a higher harvesting speed, lesser wear and lower fuel consumption per hectare.

3. Also at higher speeds, the control – and as a consequence the whole machine – remains remarkably stable.

In addition to these, the AVR Comfort Drive provides precise depth control, lower depth of harvesting, lower fuel consumption and even better harvesting quality.

Each Puma 4.0 is equipped with the necessary modules for machine connectivity. AVR Connect is an online reporting tool for all machine activities and an online repository for both on- and off-field machine data. AVR Connect offers users more data, and as a result a more effective use of machines and resources.

The pre-installed unit (with SIM card) collects data and transmits it wirelessly and in real time via the internet to the AVR Connect platform that visualises the data in a comprehensible way. Users can monitor machines remotely, and there are also options for remote diagnosis.

AVR also offers an optional Trimble NAV900 GPS sphere ex factory. Precision GPS is a must for accurately collecting data. An example includes yield measurement at the Puma’s picking-off table. This is the reason why AVR offers the precision GPS ex factory, including a 1 year RTX precision subscription.

Furthermore, with fuel prices at an all-time high, AVR would also like to stress that the Puma’s fuel consumption is very low, thanks to an efficient Volvo engine, a sophisticated hydraulic system, a lightweight construction and large tyre sizes. This is especially the case when it is possible to harvest at slower speeds (1,250 rpm).  

The AVR Puma 4.0 Comfort Drive was on display for the first time ever from 27-29 November at Interpom in Belgium.