New Holland has announced two new Braud grape harvester models that will be available for model year 2016. The Braud 7030M and 8030L introduce the new compact range concept for grape harvesters.

Both the Braud 7030M and 8030L grape harvesters feature FPT four cylinder NEF engines that are Tier 4B compliant with 128 horsepower. These fuel saving engines will allow operators to work efficiently with lower fuel costs.

This model is great for intermediate vineyards with row spacing above 51 inches and features Opti-GrapeTM availability that contractors and intermediate vineyard owner-operators are looking for. This new model will replace the VM3090 PLUS model.

New Holland introduced the Opti-GrapeTM as an option on Braud 7030M grape harvesters in North America for model year 2016. The award winning Opti-GrapeTM system optimizes the amount of MOG (material other than grapes) removed from the harvested grapes. This is a premium cleaning system perfect for wine growers who demand the highest possible harvest quality. The Opti-GrapeTM system delivers up to five times better cleaning performance by means of a unique, air cushioned cleaning surface. As a result, the wine making process from the vineyard to the cellar is also enhanced, allowing growers to achieve a higher quality, more profitable harvest.

The Opti-GrapeTM system has been specifically designed to maximize harvest cleanliness and is intended for wineries targeting low to middle-yield grapes. Using the IntelliViewTM IV monitor, the operator can adjust settings such as sorting parameters, grape variety, and impurity selection right from the cab. The Opti-GrapeTM system also features a specially designed crop distributor to allow for complete and efficient filling of the hoppers.

Both 7030M and 8030L models offer a variety of standard and optional features that an operator can customize. When it comes to cleaning grapes, both models feature two customizable options for preferential selections. On 8030L harvesters, customers can choose from either the standard auger or the optional destemmer, while the 7030M has the option of either the destemmer or Opti-GrapeTM cleaning system.

Both models are multifunction machines that have the ability to do more than harvest grapes and these units have an optional front mounted telescopic arm that is able to adapt countless attachments, in addition to the ability to easily attach and operate a Berthoud sprayer.

New Holland’s BlueCab 4 comes standard on 7030M models and is an available option for 8030L models, which is a cab concept designed around the safety and well-being of the operator and is ideal for spraying applications. It features two filtration levels in one system: category 2 and 4 filtration with a closed loop cab pressurization system. It also features patented auto air cleaning valve for purging the air in the cab before pressurization and category 4 filtration starts, and the filter management system that keeps track of maintenance intervals and filter usage.

The BlueCab 4 takes protection of the operator beyond what is required by EN15695-1:2009 and -2:2009 standards, which only cover cab and filter classification respectively through laboratory testing: New Holland has tested the filtration system’s durability and performance in the field. The Blue Cab 4 was tested on both tractors and grape harvesters for over 300 hours of spraying, with more than 25 active substances in different field conditions.

BlueCab 4 features an integrated automatic air conditioning system to ensure air circulation within the cab for operator comfort. Other features include high visibility, ergonomic design, IntelliViewTM IV and IMS 2.0, heated and ventilated seat, LED lighting, and other standard features such as Bluetooth radio, pneumatic seat and a color monitor for the cameras.

Operators will be able to stay connected to their home office from inside the BlueCab 4 though New Holland’s PLMTM Connect technology. The PLM telematics technology enables vineyard managers to stay connected with their operation, allowing them to maintain direct contact with their fleet remotely, receiving real time data from their computer or smartphone. PLM Connect is also available on New Holland T4.F and T4.V tractors, machines designed for working in orchards and vineyards.

The BlueCab 4 is available now on the new compact range of grape harvesters and is available on the new Tier 4A T4.F and T4.V specialty tractors.