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Combine Farm Equipment (Combine Heads) For Sale
A combine harvests vital crops such a wheat, oats, rye, and barley, and the frontal portion – where the crop is physically pulled into the harvester – is called the combine header. Different combine headers can be swapped out for different kinds of crops.
The Different Types of Combine Heads for Sale
When it comes to collecting crops, there are four main types of combine farm equipment:
- Grain Platform – This standard design is good with most crops. A reciprocating knife cutter bar works with a revolving wheel to cut the crop and drop it into the collecting tank.
- Flex Platform – These combine heads for sale can harvest soybeans and other vegetables with low-hanging pods, along with “Cereal Crops” such as oats and barley.
- Draper Headers – Primarily designed for wheat. Instead of a conventional cross auger spanning the width of the header, these headers have an apron that’s made from rubber or fabric for a more even feed.
A non-rigid header means that the platform can flex to cover uneven ground and even smaller rocks.
- Corn Head – These headers are specifically designed to strip the stalk and leaf away so that only the ear and husk go into the combine, improving efficiency.
When Changing Combine Heads
Different headers attach via electric and hydraulic connectors and rely on the PTO of the combine to function. Before you use a different attachment, be sure to adjust the transmission into the appropriate gear and set the sieves to the right spacing. The height of the drum, which breaks the crops and shakes away the grains, should be set high for corn and low for beans. Finally, be sure to adjust the speed of the rotor if necessary so that seeds can be collected correctly.
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