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First Of Its Kind Fold Up Grainhead
If you've got trouble transporting big grain heads, you'll want to take a close look at this new fold-up head built by a German manufacturer.
Geringhoff Maschinenfabrik also makes a fold-up cornhead and an innovative under-the-head stalk chopper for cornheads, both of which have been featured in past issues of FARM SHOW. The new folding head was developed last year, according to company representative Klaus Mollmann. "We had just 10 prototypes out last year for field testing. We plan to sell about 50 units in 1990," he says.
The folding mechanism, which requires no modification of the combine, folds the head in the middle, laying one side flat on top of the other. The header is also equipped with a sliding mechanism to avoid unbalancing the combine. It shifts the entire header to one side so that when the two sides are folded together, they're centered at the middle of the machine. One cylinder slides the header and one cylinder folds it. The header is fitted with two separate cutterbars, driven from the ends and overlapping in the center. The two sections of reel come together with a self-aligning clutch mechanism. The header can be folded and unfolded from the cab.
The first heads built were 18-ft. wide but the company is in the process of building a 30-ft. fold-up unit. A folding 18-ft. head weighs 572 lbs. more than a standard head.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Geringhoff Gmbh & Co., Nordstrasse 54, Postfach 346, 4730 Ahlen/Westf, West Germany (ph 02382/8082-0).

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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #2