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Corn Heads Equipped With Stalk Chopers
Here's a "first" from Europe you'll be seeing at fairs and farm shows in the U.S. and Canada in the months ahead corn heads equipped with built-in stalk choppers, allowing you to do two jobs in one trip.
All major makes of combines at the SIMA show including Deere, IH, Massey, New Holland and Class sported chopper-equipped corn heads.
"They're catching on fast," reports Didier Terme, of the S.A.F. Farge Co., Ruede Assier, Feurs, distributor of the Bisco header-chopper made in Italy. Available for most makes of combines, it features reel-type choppers for each row that resemble reel-type lawnmowers.
The other manufacturer of chopper-equipped corn heads is the Geringhoff Co., of Ahlen (Westfalia) West Germany. Available throughout Europe for most major brands of combines, it features one twin blade flail-type chopper per row. The stalk choppers, built into the underside of the header, require from 7 to 10 hp per row. Some are made to adjust independent of the header for height of cut, and others raise up and down with the header as it's raised or lowered. Available in 4 to 8 row models, the stalk-chopping feature is built in at the factory and, in most cases, can't be economically retrofitted to existing headers.
In checking with major domestic suppliers, FARM SHOW has learned that Class of America will have chopper-equipped corn heads available for the 1984 harvest on a limited basis.
The stalk-chopping attachment will be available on new 4 (30 or 40 in. width) and 6 row (30 in.) heads, and will also retrofit to newer existing 4 and 6 row Claas and Ford heads, according to R.H. "Bob" Brown, product specialist.
"With a mounting adapter kit, such as the one made by Bish Mfg., Giltner, Neb., our new Claas chopper-headers can be mounted on most makes and models of combines. The flail chopper for each row, and the header itself, adjust independently for height. The stalk-chopping features requires about 7 hp per row and adds about $2,600 to the cost of a 6 row header," according to Brown.

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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #3