Talked to a fella that had a Fantini on a 9510 Deere, said it pulled harder than a stock head,went thru a couple belts last season and is a heavy head..Think I'm gonna stay away and continue to go with the extra tractor ,man,chopper I guess
He said he's getting a new combine with a factory chopping head ..JD. and would never harvest without a chopping head again. I gotta get there someday!
I have a customer that has run a new 8 row Fantini Chopping head on his 97' R52 for the last two years... They only run 3-3.5mph but they aren't in that big of hurry, but they went from needing an extra man, tractor and cutter to doing it while they combine.. they have no complaints about the head, except to order the side augers when you get the head...
I have had a couple of customers that are running 8 row fantini heads on R75, that runs about 2000 acres of corn had no drive problems, the other is on a R66 and ran through about 800 acres of corn and also had really good luck. Only problem was broken blade but ran over a fence post.
I am looking at a fantini head now as well. Sounds like they are pretty solid heads. How is the maintenence? 3-3.5mph is the head restricting or is just too big for the combine. We run a 590 so we would want to run 6mph with a twelve row. Can the heads do a good job at that speed?
Only problem I have seen with them and going faster is that the snapping role blades being set on each other they tend to cut the top 1/2 to 1/3 off and sent it through the combine, have run 8 row on R75 at 4.5 to 5 mph and had some head shelling when the drive was sped up. head runs pretty fast with stock gears recommend installing slow down gears. Also if looking at a 12 row the folding ones are lighter than the rigid frame, row design is different and really lightened it up.
Thanks for the info. I have VS feederhouse so head speed shouldn't be a concer. I wasn't planning on gettting the folding head before but certainly not now. Will the head still do a good job of chopping if slowed down? It seems to be a problem on most chopping heads.