Does anyone have experiences with a 2208 folding head with the chopper underneath? How does it work in high corn and how are the losses in very dry corn? Do they have the opportunity to be equipped with gearboxes?
Our 2208 corn head does a good job of chopping stalks compared to the JD. Make sure you get the straight stalk rolls and not the fluted ones, they are similar to the JD regular rolls. Our neighbor has them on his 2208 and they chop the stalks very little. We have put about 4500 acres on ours during the last two years and haven't had to replace anything yet.
Case makes two types of stalk rolls.
1. Straight taper roll just like JD's. don't get this one unless you want your stalks to look like the JD leaves them, mostly unshredded.
2. Straight knife with four edges that mesh between the knives on the mathing stalk roll. As compared to a 1083 head that had the knife edges going edge to edge on the matche stalk roll. These knives seem to wear well and require little maintenace.
One thing I will add about the new 2208 and 2408 corn heads. And that is that they are not the best in down corn and the longer the corn has been down the worse they are.
This is because of the design of the poly at the place where the bottom gathering chain idlers are, they have the earsaver dimpled up, so there is a rise for the corn to go up and over before it is fed in.