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Old 01-24-2012, 07:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How do draper headers work in cold weather? I am thinking about going to draper on my 7120 but wondering if the belts get stiff in 30 degree weather. Have not had to do beans in the cold weather in a number of years but always a possibility in Wisconsin.
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Old 01-24-2012, 09:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ran our FD70 in much colder temps than that. No problem with the drapers, but be sure to run the header at idle for several minutes to get the oil temperature up.
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Old 01-24-2012, 11:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You planning on going 35 feet... we havent had any issue, but we are normally done by holloween. It doesnt get that cold. Takes longer for the hydrolic systems of our 7010 to warm up... Shes cold blooded with all the pumps it needs to turn. I wouldnt worry about it.
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Old 01-30-2012, 05:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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We have 30' drapers on our 9650's and they work pretty good in cold weather but if it snows on the heads or there is a lot of hoar frost that builds up at the bottom of the drapers the rollers will slip and stall the canvas till the friction melts the ice a then it will move a few feet then stop again. We farm in the peace country so this happens to us once an a while. Cold weather is fine just snow and ice causes problems. We're sticking with drapers even though this has been a problem in the past.
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Old 02-08-2012, 03:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I farm in central North Dakota, we run three 40 foot 2162. Let them warm up at idle for a little bit, make sure if there's dirt under the canvas's out at the end you clean it out before quitting for the night otherwise when it freezes in the night the dirt will have the canvas froze at the ends in the morning plus it's a lot easier to clean loose dirt out rather than chunks of frozen.
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