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CR History


The flagship CR models are built in Zedelgem, Belgium, home to New Holland’s global Centre of Harvesting Excellence. It is here, over 100 years ago, that Leon Claeys built his very first threshing machine that revolutionised the way farmers harvested. Zedelgem is synonymous with harvesting firsts, in 1952 it produced the first European self-propelled combine harvester. Today, yellow blooded engineers are committed to developing the next generation of harvesting products. The sophisticated product development process and the extensive knowledge of a dedicated workforce of a World Class Manufacturing facility ensure the CR range, together with all flagship harvesting products, the CX conventional combines, BigBaler large square balers and FR forage harvester, continue to set the benchmark in harvesting.
1975 New Holland introduced the pioneering concept of Twin Rotor™ technology on the TR70 (145-168hp). The face of harvesting was changed forever.
1979 The second generation of Twin Rotors appeared in TR75, TR85 and TR95 formats, and their power was upped from 155-225hp.
1984 A bigger cab, improved visibility and S3 rotors characterised the third generation of machines. Farmers welcomed TR76, TR86 and TR96 models.
1993 Almost a decade later, the TR87 and TR97 fourth generation combines made their mark with more power on offer.
1997 Simplified controls made harnessing even more power on the fifth generation TR88 and TR98 combines more efficient and productive.
1999 Six generations down the line, the higher grain handling capacity and enhanced visibility were the hallmarks of the TR89 and TR99 models.
2002 A sleek, fresh looking seventh generation graced the world’s fields. The completely new styling, longer rotors, a larger cab and the first self-levelling cleaning system on a rotary combine all combined to make the CR960 and CR980 models highly desirable. By the way, did we forget to mention they produced up to 428hp.
2004 The beginning of the new millennium saw production of Twin Rotor combines start in Zedelgem, Belgium, New Holland’s Centre of Harvesting Excellence.
2005 Three decades of Twin Rotor™ success was celebrated with the introduction of the IntelliView™ II monitor for precision machine control.
2007 The CR Elevation series, was the eighth generation and featured a whole host of productivity boosting elements including: up to 530hp Tier 3 engines, Opti-Clean™ system and IntelliCruise™ system for consistent feed load, with smooth changes of speed for optimised performance and operator comfort.
2008 The CR9090 becomes officially the world’s highest capacity combine. It smashed the harvesting record: officially harvesting 551 tonnes of wheat in under eight hours.
2010 The CR range celebrates its 35th anniversary. Production of the CR9060 for Latin America starts in Brazil.
2011 The ninth generation of Twin Rotor combines is launched, featuring Tier 4A compliant ECOBlue™ SCR engines, improved capacity, as well as best-in-class grain and straw quality.
2012 The CR range wins the prestigious ’Machine of the Year’ award thanks to its unsurpassed harvesting performance and industry-leading grain quality.
2013 The introduction of the dynamic feed roll has further improved in-field performance and grain quality.
2014 The CR10.90 smashes the record for the most wheat harvested in eight hours. During the record it harvested 797.656 tonnes of wheat in under eight hours in real world conditions.
2015 The 10th generation CR range celebrates 40 years of harvesting excellence with the introduction of the benchmark Harvest Suite™ Ultra cab.