New Holland Celebrates 35-Years of Twin-Rotor Combines

New Holland Celebrates 35-Year Whirlwind Journey of 'Breakthrough' Twin-Rotor® Combine


What was recognised in 1975 as a historic New Holland "breakthrough” in the mechanisation of agricultural technology was celebrated in March 2010 for reaching a new milestone. More than 1,000 current and retired employees gathered for a ceremony at the Grand Island, Nebraska manufacturing plant where the revolutionary New Holland Twin Rotor™ combine technology whirled its way through 35 years of growth.

The TR™70 model was the first combine to use rotary technology to separate grain. Today, the world’s largest combine, New Holland’s CR9090 Twin Rotor combine model has earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for harvesting the most wheat in an eight hour period.

35 years of technical advances

Introduction of the first Twin Rotor combine, the model TR70, further enhanced New Holland’s long-standing reputation for its industry-leading concepts that have historically reduced production labour while increasing the quality of agricultural crops. Hailed for its success in significantly improving the traditional method of threshing grain, the New Holland Twin Rotor system used centrifugal force to separate the grain. This system reduced crop damage and losses while improving harvesting speed and capacity.

From this beginning in 1975, New Holland has continued to apply new concepts and technologies to the Twin Rotor combine, ushering in the newest models, the CR9065 and CR9090.

New for model year 2010, New Holland’s 463hp CR9065 combine is the latest Twin Rotor model to be made at the Grand Island facility. It delivers increased power and productivity in a small-frame combine. This extra horsepower provides excellent power for unloading on the go, for spreading and chopping crop residue, and allows the operator to maintain ground speed in hilly and soft soil conditions and while unloading on the go.

The CR9090, made in Zedelgem, Belgium, is recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s highest-capacity combine, the 591hp CR9090 boasts market-leading power from the latest turbo compound engine, a 1160 litre fuel tank and technology fully compliant with B100 biodiesel usage.

The CR9090 also applies the latest generation of Twin Rotor technology that includes a higher maximum rotor speed allowing an even higher capacity of crop to be processed.


A delegation of current and retired employees from the Grand Island, Nebraska plant assemble in front of 35 years of history, from the New Holland Model TR70, first produced in 1975 (rear left), to the New Holland CR9080, one of the current models produced in Grand Island.