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Celebrating 30 Years of Collaboration: Case IH and Hillco Leveling Systems

The partnership between Case IH and Hillco Technologies has been a transformative force in modern agriculture for the past three decades. This blog explores their remarkable journey, highlighting the enhanced efficiency, seamless integration, and continuous evolution that have made them pioneers in the farming industry.

In the early 1990s, CaseIH recognized the need for advanced leveling systems that would allow farmers to effectively navigate uneven terrains while operating their agricultural machinery. This realization led to a partnership with Hillco Technologies, a pioneering company specializing in precision Leveling Systems. Together, they embarked on a mission to develop cutting-edge technology that would transform the farming landscape.

The brilliance of the Hillco Leveling System is attributed to its creation by local engineers, tailored precisely to suit the unique terrain conditions. By operating perpendicularly to slopes, the Leveling System has successfully elevated efficiency during harvests while also optimizing grain savings. As confirmed by Chad Heimgartner of Heimgartner Farms, “If we didn’t have a Hillco system, we would experience grain loss and significantly reduced savings. In the long run, this system proves to be a money-saving investment.”

Case IH Combines are highly praised for its consistent top performance, as acknowledged by Kurt Druffel of Druffel Farms, who affirms that “Case combines have a long history on our farm and have played a significant role in maintaining high production capacity, accommodating larger headers.” Additionally, Case IH Combines boasts a superior cleaning system, guaranteeing a clean harvest, and its user-friendly design ensures easy maintenance without compromising performance. Shawn Stubbers, COO of Hillco, further reinforces the exceptional engineering behind the Case combines stating “It just shows you the robustness of the product, the fact that we can adapt our product to it, and we still basically flawlessly run around the fields without any issues.”

Early adopters proudly testify to their long-standing involvement with Case IH and Hillco, emphasizing the Leveler’s indispensable role in their operations. Buck Boyer of Boyer Farms stated that “Case and Hillco have been working together for 30 years and we were a part of that from day one. We had the very first leveler on our combine and it’s been a huge part of our operation.”

The strong relationship cultivated over three decades between Hillco and Case IH ensures that leveling systems adapt effortlessly to all current combine models, underscoring their unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction. Hillco owner, Lenny Hill reiterated this saying that “We’re constantly communicating with Case IH and looking at what the new changes on the machines are and making sure that we have those changes addressed so that we can have Leveling Systems for all current model combines when they hit the field.”

The 30-year journey of Case IH Combines and Hillco Leveling Systems is a testament to innovation, collaboration, and customer-centricity. Their integration has revolutionized modern farming practices, driving greater efficiency and productivity. As they continue their enduring partnership, their pioneering spirit will undoubtedly shape the future of agriculture for generations to come.
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Return on Investment Calculator

This calculator is designed to determine the return on investment for a Hillco leveling system equipped combine versus a non-leveling combine operating in sloping conditions.

Crop Type
Wheat       Corn and Soybean
Acreage Information

Crop Information

Enter your operation's statistics and estimates.

Acreage / Slope Information

Estimate the percentage of total harvested acres that lay within the various slope ranges in your farming operation.
For all Wheat Acreage
See Slope reference chart
Percentage slope values must equal 100%
Your Harvest Speeds and Machine Harvested Yield (MHY)

Non-Leveling Ground Speed in MPH

Enter the average harvesting speed for your non-leveling combine in the various slope ranges at the average yield entered in the Crop Information section above.

Slope Reference Graph

Reduction in Machine Harvested Yield (bu/acre)

Estimate the reduction of Machine Harvested Yield (MHY) for each slope range if you were harvesting at the speed you entered for 0-3% slopes. (The calcultor will then project expected reductions in MHY for each slope range at your previously estimated ground speeds.)

You may opt to enter the test data which was determined by actual field testing by Hillco (based on 5 mph harvesting speed).

Reduction in MHY is used in these calculations rather than field loss. Reduction in MHY is a more accurate guage of combine harvesting efficiency because it can be determined by actually weighing the harvested yield rather than estimating the amount of yield lost to the ground.

Use test data or your own
Your Combine and Header Information
Enter your expected combine harvesting efficiency. Typically a combine operates at approximately 70% efficiency. If the Total Annual Separator Hours calculated below look too small you may want to decrease the combine efficiency. If the Total Annual Separator Hours calculated below look too large you may want to increase the combine efficiency.
Wheat head width in feet
Corn head width in feet
Flex header width in feet
Combine Field Efficiency (Typically 70%)
(Must enter value other than 0%)
Your Operational Costs
This total should include additional cost of benefits and taxes. If you wish to include the grain cart operator's cost add the hourly wage to the combine operator hourly labor costs.
Combine Operator Labor Cost (per hour, including taxes and benefits)
Combine Fuel Cost

If you wish to include added grain cart fuel add hourly grain cart fuel usage to the combine fuel usage.

Combine Fuel Consumption (Hourly - Typically 11-13 gph)

Cost per added separator hour usually runs approximately $180 per hour for new combines to $30 per hour for older used combines. If you don't want to consider the added benefit of lower separator hours enter $0.

Cost Per Separator Hour
(How much does your combine devalue for each added separator hour of use?)

Use example prices below or obtain a quote from your local dealership.

List price examples for leveling systems used on John Deere combines:
Leveling System Model 2955S for -- 9560-70 STS combine dual tire, w/ Hillco Leveler Installed = $42,960.00 List Price

Leveling System Model 2970S for -- 96-97-9860-70 STS combine,dual tire w/ Hillco Leveler Installed = $42,085.00 List Price

List price examples for leveling systems used on Case-IH combines:
Leveling System Model 2800 for -- 2577-88 combine, dual tire w/Hillco Leveler, Installed = $42,210.00 List Price

See examples or call your local dealership for a quote.
(On Leveling System Financing)

Enter the number of years (from 1 to 5, whole number) for the desired calculation period.

Market value at the end of 5 years regardless of the length of the calculation period.

Used in net present value calculation

Cash Flows (Totals for Calculation Period)
Positive Cash Flows
Labor Savings
Fuel and Lubcriation Savings
Increased Income from Machine Harvested Yield
Residual Value of Leveling System (At end of Calculation Period)
Increased Combine Value Due to Reduced Separator Hours
Total Positive Cash Flows
Negative Cash Flows
Leveling System Cost (Total Principle & Interest Payments)
Remaining Principle Balance On 5 Year Note
Leveling System Maintenance Cost (Annual 2% of Purchase Price)
Total Negative Cash Flows
Total Net Cash Flow (Positive - Negative)
Investment Analysis
Total Average Annual Separator Hours (without leveling system)
Total Average Annual Separator Hours (with leveling system)
Average Annual Separator Hour Savings
Total Separator Hour Savings as % of Total Separator Hours
Average Payback Period (in years)
The length of time it takes for an investment to recover its initial cost.
Total Net Present Value of Cash Flows
NPV compares the value of a dollar today to the value of that same dollar in the future, taking inflation and returns into account.
Internal Rate of Return
The internal rate of return (IRR) method allows you to consider the time value of money. It is the interest rate that is equivalent to the dollar returns you expect from your project. Once you know the rate, you can compare it to the rates you could earn by investing your money in other projects or investments. Usually a business owner will insist that in order to be acceptable, a project must be expected to earn an IRR that is at least several percentage points higher than the cost of borrowing, to compensate the company for its risk, time, and trouble associated with the project.