New lightweight corn header design helps producers pick cleaner, harvest faster and handle down corn better
announces the expansion of the 4400 series corn headers lineup with all-new narrow row configuration options for ultimate grain savings. These new models have been completely redesigned — from the row unit and frame to the gear box and power drive — to meet the unique needs of operations that plant on 20- and 22-inch rows and to match the performance of Axial-Flow®
“We took a clean-sheet approach to our new narrow row corn headers, reimagining and redesigning to continue helping producers achieve a High-Efficiency Farming operation,” said Kelly Kravig, Case IH Axial-Flow combines and corn headers marketing manager. “The new design focuses on five key performance areas to help producers pick cleaner, increase picking speeds, save more grain and pick up down corn.”
The five key performance areas include:
- Pick cleaner to reduce the material other than grain (MOG) coming into the corn head and combine, increasing harvest productivity.
- Increase picking speeds by boosting corn head capacity to match today’s high-yielding genetics and high-speed harvest practices.
- Save more grain with a redesigned corn head — from the dividers to the opening of the feeder house — to gently transition grain from the head to the combine.
- Pick up down corn with row units that sweep the stalk into the stalk roll, ensuring an efficient harvest even in the most adverse conditions.
- Improve combine flotation with reduced overall header weight.
Configuration options to fit unique operations
Available in 20- and 22-inch spacing, new narrow row corn headers will help producers pick cleaner, harvest faster and pick down corn better to save more grain. Chopping and nonchopping configuration options fit any residue management system, and the lightweight header — up to 2,000 pounds less than competitive models — floats just above the ground to reduce compaction.
“We worked diligently to reduce the amount of weight on each row unit, taking down the total weight of the header. This not only gives us better flotation and reduced compaction, it allows the corn head to float across soft fields where other corn heads and combines would get stuck,” Kravig said.
Power flow has been completely redesigned. For the first time, power is driven from the gear boxes in the center of the header and split equally to the right and left side of the header — this clean design improves power flow. From there, separate drive lines power the row units and choppers; this split load provides more efficient power flow and additional protection to the drive lines.
“A single drive line is fine if you have 150-bushel corn, but when handling loads above 250 bushels, producers need a corn header made for today and the future,” Kravig added.
Designed for enhanced grain savings
Several other features contribute to the grain-saving capabilities of the new 4400 series narrow row corn heads. These features include:
- New flip-up tall-corn attachments are integrated into the other dividers to help prevent loss of corn ears over the ends of headers when harvesting in tall stands of corn.
- Updated stalk roll spiral patterns are optimized for today’s high-yielding crop genetics, handling a wider range of stalk diameters and stalk health.
- Divider profile and hood design aid in smoother crop flow. Then, CornLouvers™ efficiently channel corn ears and loose kernels into the header.
- Row guide sensors help the row unit stay centered on the rows, reduce overall ear bounce and grain loss, and provide more efficient picking for long days at harvest.
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RACINE, Wisconsin (February 14, 2018)