The StalkMaster Corn Head chopping system allows operator size and chop corn stalks while harvesting, eliminating second-pass operations and saving time. StalkMaster is available on 606C, 608C, 612C, 612FC, 616C, and the 618C Corn Heads.
- Uniform sizing of corn stalks to speed decomposition and also providing for soil protection from wind and water.
- Eliminates the need for the second-pass operation to size stalk residue, saving time and expense.
- Can be equipped with either intermeshing or apposed knife stalk rolls to match the agronomic needs of individual growers.
- Features a quick, no tools, disconnect feature that provides producers the flexibility to chop, or not, when desired.
Theory of Operation:
StalkMaster chopping blades
Each of the StalkMaster row-unit gearcase is equipped with two heat-treated and wear-coated rotating blades positioned below the stalk rolls. As stalks are pulled through the rolls stalks are cut to size and distributed evenly throughout the row. If the blades encounter an obstruction they will swing backward avoiding damage and interruption to harvest. Blades can be reversed to extend their useable wear life.
StalkMaster chopping disconnect feature
The gearcase on the StalkMaster row-units feature a no tools needed disconnect. Each row has a convenient shifting lever on the right side of the gearcase to turn the function on or off in a matter of minutes.
A heavy-duty slip-clutch design protects both the row-unit gearcase and the StalkMaster lower chopping unit gearcase. If the clutch slips, the operator will know immediately.
StalkMaster chopping heads feature side- and rear-mounted rubberized curtains to optimize chopped crop residue distribution. Also, the right-hand side of the head has an additional shield for protection from protruding blades.
612C right-hand side and drive shaft
Enclosed chain cases drive the gathering chains and stalk rolls for each row to provide robust durability and uninterrupted harvesting. Heavy-duty bearings mounted in machined castings along with O-ring seals increase life and improve serviceability.
Larger sprockets and chain
Continuous-loop American National Standards Institute (ANSI) #100 chain allows for higher loads and longer life by eliminating all connector links and half links. The large-diameter sprockets along with large 38-mm (1.50-in.) transverse hex back shaft and row-unit shafts provide for improved sprocket and chain life.
Telescoping drive shaft
Telescoping drive shafts mount to the splined feederhouse back shafts on all 50, 60, 70, W-, T-, C-, and S-Series Combines.
The coupler features an 8-degree index, allowing the operator to match the drive shaft splines without rotating the platform feederhouse.
Telescoping drive shafts:
- Feature fast, no-tools coupler
- Can be retrofitted to earlier 90 Series and 40 Series Corn Heads