The saw blades of John Deere rotary crop headers cut quickly and thoroughly at a high speed of rotation. As the fast-turning blades cut the full width, crops can be harvested regardless of the row spacing. Thanks to this row-independent harvesting technology, the field can be worked from any side, which is particularly important for down crop.
The fast-turning saw blades allow crops with a lot of weeds to be harvested easily. Besides maize, a wide range of crops such as sorghum, whole crop silage, oilseed, canola, pampas grass, and miscanthus can be harvested.
After the fast-rotating blades cut the crop, the intake fingers push the plants into the gatherer drums that rotate in the same direction at low speeds. Every plant is pushed into the teeth of the gatherer drum. The specially designed shape of the teeth ensures that both small and large plants are conveyed in a secure way.
In the machine, the plants are taken off the back of the gatherer drum by scrapers. Depending on the width of the header, they are forwarded to the cross-feed drums or immediately fed into the angled feed drums in the middle of the machine.
Round steel welded in the point results in more wearing surface.
A heavy-duty wear package is available for eight-, 10-, and 12-row large drum headers. It provides longer lifetime of wear parts and durability that is at least two times the service life of standard parts.
This package is extremely helpful when cutting under abrasive conditions such as sandy soils or when cutting short stubble.
The AHC sensors are located at the two outermost points from the header. The sensors continuously scan the ground and quickly adjust the height and inclination of the attachment. This quick adjustment guarantees a constant stubble height.
The AHC sensors are base equipment for 12-row machines.
The third Advanced Header Control (AHC) sensor and RowSense™ system are base equipment for 12-row machines. The third sensor is built into the long RowSense pointer.
The wide 12-row header follows ground contours better with the extra third signal. This behavior is extremely helpful when cutting close to the ground or when there are plough furrows at the field boundary.
The header bundles the harvested crop perfectly and feeds it to the chopping unit of the self-propelled forage harvester (SPFH) lengthwise for an even cut. Only even, lengthwise feeding allows for the full use of the power installed on the SPFH.