RECENT changes to the Case IH draper head is delivering benefits to growers, particularly when teamed with an Axial Flow harvester.
Case IH, Australia and New Zealand general manager, Pete McCann said the company was always looking for ways to improve its products.
“A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes on these new fronts, and we’re now seeing that time and effort has paid off,” he said.
Mr McCann said some of the changes to the front included the re-positioning of the reels cams from the centre to the outer ends.
This, he said, created a new slim line design, which opened visibility in the centre of the unit between the two reel sections.
Mr McCann said a new knife-head has also significantly increased reliability and cutting performance.
Case IH, product manager, Tim Slater said other updates to the front focused on greater reliability and durability, with improvements to the main frame and stabiliser wheel assemblies.
“Refinements have also been made to the feed decks and retractable tyne drum,” he said.
Mr Slater said changes included rubber-coating the driver rollers, including double ‘V’ guide belts, adding rock strippers and a quick release clean out door, available in either a solid or perforated design.
“There’s also a new tyne patter and guide material,” he said.
“These, combined with the standard auto header height and tilt functions offer a great value package to match up with the many automatic functions already incorporated into the Axial-Flow.”
Victorian farmer Jack Gall, said combining a 13.7 metre (45 foot), Case IH Draper Head 3152 to match his Case IH Axial Flow 8240 had worked well on his family farm.
“The front matches up really well with the harvester and the functionality of the two work really well together,” Mr Gall said.
“The front required minimal set-up and enabled us to get straight to work hassle-free.”
Mr Gall said he had experienced feeding and breakdown problems with his previous front.
“We saw Case IH had released this front so we thought we would try it out,” he said.
“The results have been great, and the capability to feed is excellent.
“The durability is also something that I’d highlight.”
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