8 Row Chopping Head on R76?
Hi all! I'm a long time reader of the combine forum, but this is my first post. Anyway, I have a bit of a question regarding R76 Gleaners and 8 row chopping corn heads. My boss is considering a new (to him) combine in a year or two, and a gleaner could potentially be an option. He wants a simple combine, and I know that in that regard a gleaner would be perfect, but would an R76 handle an 8 row 30" chopping corn head with the variable speed header drive? The corn header would likely be a hugger or a geringhoff. The corn yields would not be over 200bpa. How reliable will the variable speed drive be with that load? Will it work, but still prematurely wear out the drive? Or will it not affect the reliability or longevity of the drive? If the variable speed drive is not practicably workable, how well does the fixed speed drive work on a corn head, or any other head or crop for that matter? We do wheat, barley, canola, oats, canary seed, millet, navy beans, soybeans, and corn. Canola would be the biggest concern other than corn with a fixed speed drive. Thanks!