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Fold Up Cornhead
You've never seen anything like this new fold-up cornhead that lets you narrow-up wide heads automatically from the cab by hydraulically folding outside rows.
The first-of-its-kind head, built by a German manufacturer, was on display at the recent Fieragricola farm show in Verona, Italy. "We're the first company in the world to build a folding cornhead. We don't operate cornheads bigger than 6 rows in Germany but we could easily build 8 or 12-row folding heads for export," manufacturer Carl Geringhoff told FARM SHOW.
With the use of an adaptor kit, Geringhoff says his cornhead will fit any combine. In addition to the innovative folding design, the cornhead also features cornstalk shredding rotor blades positioned below the snapper rollers on the underside of the header. They chop up stalks on-the-go as you harvest.
In the folded position, the machine raises up both the outside row divider and the first row snout. A pair of 3-ft., 3-in. dia. hydraulic cylinders, mounted horizontally above the feederhouse, provide the lift. The feeder auger and row unit drive shaft couple and uncouple automatically as the header hinges. There's nothing to connect or fasten manually when making the fold. The header can only be used when both wings are in the working position.
When folded, the 6-row head is just 9 ft. wide. Geringhoff notes that the folding header costs about 20% more than conventional headers. An added feature of the machine is that each row unit tilts up vertically for easy service.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Geeringhoff GMBH & Co., 4730 Ahlen, West Germany (ph 0 23 82 54 45).

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