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Electric Combine Header
One trend in Europe thatís headed our way is the replacement of hydraulic motors and cylinders with electric motors and actuators, powered by generators built into tractors. Electric-powered wheel rakes, feed wagons, and implements were all on display at Agritechnica this year, along with the first-ever electric combine head from German manufacturer, Zurn.
  All mehanical and hydraulic drives were swapped out for a total of 12 electric motors Ė one for the reel, one for the cutterbar and one at each end of the feed auger. Eight smaller electric motors power each belt on the table. Electricity comes from a generator mounted on the header, which is powered by the combine.
  The advantage of the design is the ease of adjusting reel, knife, and auger speeds to match conditions, as well as reduced maintenance.
  Contact: Zurn Harvesting (www.zuern.de; ph 011 49 7943 9105-0)

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2016 - Volume #40, Issue #1