1993 - Volume #17, Issue #5, Page #05[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Deere Introduces Plastic Corn Head
Snouts, deck covers and fenders are made of Perma-Guide plastic that, according to Deere, offers "improved feeding and material flow, less sticking or bunching of leaves and husks in damp conditions, less ear loss, faster speeds and more work capacity.
"The plastic shields weigh a third as much as metal shields. Their strength is far superior to sheet metal and they won't fade or rust.
"Unlike the tapered stalk rolls found on 40 Series models, the new corn head features straight-fluted stalk rolls that grab stalks sooner for faster, more aggressive feeding.
"Optional knife stalk rolls chop stalks into 10 to 16 in. pieces, yet require no more horsepower than straight-fluted rolls."
To gain access to the deck plate area, you simply raise the row unit point, remove two locking pins; and tuck the point into a handy stirrup. You can service the head with it resting on the ground ù you don't even need to have it attached to the combine.
The new head narrows to less than 10 ft. wide for trans-port. All models (4 to 12 rows) feature a 16 in. dia. cross auger that can be positioned closer to the floor to prevent ears from becoming pinched between the auger and floor. All drive chains and sprockets operate in a sealed oil bath and are equipped with slip clutch protection.
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