Join the MF IDEAL revolution
It’s a satisfying moment when you look out onto ripened crops and know that you are ready to go with the harvest. Then it’s all down to you and your combine to turn all those months of work into a profitable income.
Designed for large-scale arable operations and contractors the MF IDEAL is fully connected, with unique new features, excelling in every area and offering superb grain and straw quality, massive output, super-fast operation, outstanding driver comfort, plus total efficiency and control.
Now the optional MF IDEALdrive provides even more comfort and greater working efficiency. The conventional steering wheel is replaced by the IdealDrive steering joystick, for effortless manoeuvrability, quick headland turns and an unobstructed view of the header.
Superb grain and straw quality
The MF IDEAL’s extra-long, low compression rotors gently process the crop avoiding damage to the grain and leaving the straw in excellent condition. The Dual Helix (double rotors) system on the MF IDEAL 8 and MF IDEAL 9 boasts one of the the largest main threshing concave areas available – a massive 1.66m². Even at high work rates and in high yielding crops grain losses remain low, so more ends up in the tank. The gentle action separates grain from the straw with minimum damage, to deliver a clean, top-quality grain sample.
The new IDEALharvest™ self-adjusting function option makes life effortless for the driver. Using the grain-quality camera and unique Acoustic Sensors around the combine, a very straightforward dashboard can be viewed on the Tech Touch Terminal or the SmartConnect™ App which allows the operator to choose a combination of quality, performance and sample cleanliness for their harvest. The machine itself then fine-tunes the rotor speed, fan speed and sieve opening.
Working on slopes
The MF IDEAL combines are fitted with the unique IDEALbalance™ grain-pan system. With no extra moving parts, the combination of the two specially-shaped under-rotor pans is insensitive to slopes up to 15% and places the grain mix in exactly the right position for the separation pan, sieve box and fan to produce a clean sample at high output.
Managing residue successfully
The MF IDEAL combine makes incorporation easy as the new design of the chopper enables the material to be spread more evenly over a wider area. This is because the distribution of material from the ShortCut chopper can match the full width of the header, even above 12m using the unique, low power requirement ActiveSpread feature.
The ultra-quiet Vision Cab
A Cab which blends space, comfort, visibility, quietness, ease of use and connectivity for a more productive work environment. One of the quietest cabs on the market, it has a noise level of only 74dB and comes with premium features to ensure comfortable operation – including a ventilated seat, user-friendly controls and comprehensive performance monitoring, an iPad mount, a phone holder and many more useful features.
A new way to harvest
IDEALdrive is unique - it gives the operator an unprecedented level of machine control as well as a superb, clear view of the header. A joystick on the left armrest controls the steering, replacing the conventional steering wheel, while the multi-function joystick on the right varies the speed and direction.
Technology & Innovation
PowerFlow™ is a table offering high capacity in all conditions. Belts transport the crop straight from the knife to the table auger ensuring seamless feeding.
TerraControl II provides a mix of automatic functions for the standard table-levelling, ground-following (Field pressure) and headland management systems – everything is controlled from the operator’s PowerGrip lever.
When hooking-up the header from a header trailer or from the ground, the operator simply presses a button in the cab and all the connections - mechanical, electrical and hydraulic - are made automatically by a robotised process.
One gearbox, attached directly to the engine, drives all main components of the combine: the processor, cleaning system and hydraulic pumps, as well as the header, including today’s newest corn chopper heads.
MF IDEAL Engines
The IDEAL is available in three models with power and capacity to suit different requirements of producers and operators. IDEAL 7: AGCO Power, 9.8 L / 451 HP | IDEAL 8: MAN 12.4L/ 538 HP | IDEAL 9: MAN 15.2L/ 647 HP
Fewer Belts and Wet Clutches
Because belts can siphon off power via slippage and breakage, the IDEAL uses fewer of them than other combines. Wet clutches on the DriveCenter also ensure smooth engagement, thereby reducing wear and tear—and maintenance—on each component.
AirSense cooling provides an optimal ventilation of the MF IDEAL engine, even in the dustiest conditions. A reversing fan prevents dust and chaff accumulations, and almost completely removes the need for manual cleaning during the harvest.
Exceptional Cab Visibility
Narrow pillars in the cab offer a fantastic panoramic view with excellent all-round visibility through a massive glass area of 5.75m². Many of the operator tasks now have short-cuts to make the machine easier to operate.
LED lights, single rear-view, multiple or 3D camera options improve visibility for long hours working.
Optional Pro Sound System
A higher specification Pro Sound system can be supplied as an option.
It offers an unprecedented level of machine control and an even clearer view of the header. A joystick on the left armrest replaces the conventional steering wheel, while the PowerGrip lever on the right varies the speed and direction.
HOMOLOGATED FOR EU ROAD TRAVEL
An option on TrakRide models, and fully homologated for EU road use, the IDEALdrive joystick increases productivity by 6% compared to conventional steering systems, while the operator workload is reduced by 65%.* *study conducted at Aalborg University.
ARMREST AND CONTROLS
The right-hand PowerGrip armrest houses the main controls including the PowerGrip multifunction joystick. On a new adjustable mounting arm, the TechTouch Terminal displays performance information and allows adjustments to be made from the seat.
UNLOADING RATE ADJUSTMENT FROM THE CAB
Select the best unloading rate for the crop and conditions. Quick and convenient adjustment through the PowerGrip lever – even when the tank is full or during unloading. Optimise trailer filling with reduced risk of grain spillages.
MF IDEAL also offers the Streamer 140, which unloads the 12,500-litre grain tank at 140 L/sec. It is standard on the MF IDEAL 7 and 8, and all ParaLevel models.
Standard on the MF IDEAL 9 and an option on MF IDEAL 7 and 8, the 17,100-litre grain tank unloads at up to 210 L/sec – the fastest in the industry. New auger lengths compatible with controlled traffic farming operations are available.
Dual Helix Rotors
The 4.8m long Dual Helix processor with 600 mm diameter of the rotors generates huge centrifugal forces for thorough but gentle crop separation. Dual Helix on IDEAL 8 and IDEAL 9 provide a 1.66m2 concave area – one of the industry’s largest.
On all models, unloading speed and grain tank capacity are coupled with an innovative auger that is gentle on grain, ensuring less damage, and it requires less power than older systems.
Dual Helix Processor
Compared to other systems, the Dual Helix processor requires less power to operate in a range of crop conditions. The synchronised rotor feeder speed optimises crop flow and, while the rotor is exceptionally efficient, its performance is best-in-class.
Specially Moulded Pans
Two specially shaped, under-rotor pans supply an even flow of grain mix for processing by the separation pan, sieve box and fan. No additional mechanical systems are needed and slopes up to 15 degrees have little affect on the performance.
The TrakRide system ensures exceptional performance and comfort, while reducing maintenance and enhancing reliability, all of which help ensure the combine is up and running at full capacity in short harvest windows.
TrakRide Belt Sizes
TrakRide rubber tracks ensure exceptional performance and comfort, and achieve a large footprint to reduce soil compaction. Track widths of 26”, 30” and 36” are available, and the unique suspension system also maintains the correct belt tension.
Flexible residue handling comes standard with all MF IDEAL models, allowing optimum strategies for straw and chaff handling to suit any crop and situation.
THREE DIFFERENT SPREADING DIRECTIONS
Chop and mix chaff and straw together in the chopper, and spread across the full cutting width. Chaff distributed across the straw swath to maximise straw quantity and quality. Spread chaff to the sides, away from swathed or chopped straw.
For farm operations with a higher proportion of slopes, a ParaLevel version of each model is available. These use a special axle arrangement to keep the whole machine level at angles up to 14%.
4-CHANNELS CLEANING SYSTEM
Under-rotor pans with four moulded channels optimise crop flow to maintain maximum separation and cleaning performance in the heaviest crops. Losses remain minimal, even on slopes, and the plastic pans have removable sections which are easily cleaned.
Achieve even residue distribution in all crops and conditions. Hydraulic driven spinners with swinging deflectors create a homogeneous spread pattern across the full cut width – even on windy days. The efficient design saves power and fuel.
NARROW WIDTH WITH LARGE FOOTPRINT
The IDEAL TrakRide rubber track system protects soils and extends working windows, while the narrow transport width and 40kph maximum speed makes the combine easier to move between work areas on the road.
Mass Acoustic Detection Systems - MADS
Measuring the differences in acoustic qualities, the sensors can determine what is grain and what is not and direct the IDEALharvest system to change the necessary combine settings–all to maintain the operator’s harvest strategy.
IDEALharvest Touch Screen Tablet
Real time visualisation enhances control. The harvest strategy itself is set by an easy-to-use touch-screen tablet, allowing the operator to select preferences for minimizing grain damage, loss and material other than grain (MOG) in the bin.
The IDEALharvest system offers unprecedented, real-time visualisation of crop flow within the combine via a special grain-quality camera and numerous sensors, including mass acoustic detection sensors (MADS).
MF Guide is MF’s full featured, hands-free steering system. It is capable of delivering sub-metre, decimetre and centimetre accuracy, increasing the efficiency of your farm.
MF TASK DOC
The MF Task Doc system helps improve productivity by putting precision-measured data at the business owner’s fingertips. Live yield mapping is standard – providing a real time view of the harvested yield while the task is in progress.
MF Connect enables you — and your dealer — to coordinate, optimise and seamlessly connect your fleet, to easily manage maintenance and remotely monitor equipment in the field.
Max Power (hp)
Grain Capacity (l)
Unloading speed (l/s)
Max cutting width (m)
|IDEAL 7||476||17,100||210||10.7||AGCO Power 9.8 L|
|IDEAL 8||538||17,100||210||12.2||MAN 12.4 L|
|IDEAL 9||647||17,100||210||12.2||MAN 15.2 L|
MF IDEAL | In Action
Customer Reviews & Testimonials
Crowmarsh Battle Farms
An Oxfordshire farming family which replaced two combines with one larger Massey Ferguson IDEAL 9PL remains delighted with the decision after the combine completed its third harvest this year.
Investing in a Massey Ferguson IDEAL 7 combine has enabled a German farming family to increase productivity while achieving an excellent grain sample and great straw quality.
Large-scale farmer Miklós Cicárdi runs Gazdakör Kft. Company with his family in Pellérd, southern Hungary. The farm extends over 1,800 hectares, where he grows barley, wheat, corn, sunflower, rapeseed and soybean.
A Massey Ferguson Ideal 8T combine, selected following on-farm demonstrations of the new model plus several competitors, achieved all that was expected of it and more during its first harvest on a North Lincolnshire farm.
A Lincolnshire farm which previously struggled to achieve satisfactory harvesting speeds without incurring high grain losses, changed to a Massey Ferguson Ideal 7 combine for the 2020 harvest and is very happy with the result.
C&R Moscrop & Sons
It performed exceptionally well - that’s the verdict of a West Yorkshire-based farmer and contractor after his first harvest with a new Massey Ferguson Ideal 7 PL combine.
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