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Old 06-20-2012, 11:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I wish the pictures were better, but they seemed to keep away from me intentionally..... However it's clear this is the new Case draper head rumored to replace the MacDon partnered headers.




Here is what I could see from the distance:

•Clearly bean-head like side shields with no shield on right hand side
•Didn't see a PTO shaft on right side of head
•4 sets of 2 heigh sensor arms across the head
•Gauge wheels mounted on outer ends of head
•Head must be ridged, could not see any large adaptor at connection point. Could these be a flexible cuter bar draper head similar to the new 600FD heads from John Deere?
•Mounted on right side of header were two large wheels, likely the storage position for transport wheels. Large SMV sign on right end indicates a transport position must be present.
•Split real

I hope to see if a crew member might spill the beans, but at least we know there is a new header being tested.

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Old 06-20-2012, 11:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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We you stalking them like paprazzi? Lol
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Great observations...any likeness to the new new holland heads intro'd last year?
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Doesn't sound like it has the center knife drive system.
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I've actually seen the new case draper head that was tested last summer, it did have the center line drive on it.
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:34 AM   #6 (permalink)
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smv on end could mean nothing my old 1020 header came factory with one and it needs a trailer but if they are smart everyone else has self contained transport hopefully its less pricey compared to the macdon
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It wont feed!!!! I'm guessing another year of red shielded macdons in the future.
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Go to Case's online parts look up and type in 3162 for the model and you will be greatly rewarded. It was not quite ready last fall with a few major design problems. I haven't heard if they addressed them from beans to wheat harvest.

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I had the chance to see the head up close. It does have center knife drive. Transport system is positioned and held in place by hydraulic cylinders. No float frame. Frame contains oil reservoir with filter (like MacDon). Center feed belt is actually two belts... Has a huge center feed opening with augers either side of fingers (like MacDon). Flex head version is like Deere with no float frame. Hydraulic lines run all over the place. Operator said it weighs a lot and won't own one it because of the lack of float frame. The heigh sensors are little plastic arms... Some were broke off- turning with the head down will rip them off for sure. The only two real new ideas I saw were the transport mode and knife drive. Nothing real special in my book but drive does reduce lots of moving parts if it has enough torque to drive the knife in tough conditions.
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Is the knife drive right in the center fj?
Trying to visualize how they would fit it in the same spot as the center feed belt.
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