Case IH recently announced the expansion of its 4400 series corn header lineup. The new models have been completely redesigned to fit operations that plant on 20- and 22-inch rows.
Five key performance areas include:
– Pick cleaner to reduce the material other than grain (MOG) coming into the corn head and combine;
– Increase picking speeds by boosting corn head capacity;
– A redesigned corn head — from the dividers to the opening of the feeder house — to gently transition grain from the head to the combine and save more grain;
– Pick up down corn with row units that sweep the stalk into the stalk roll;
– Improve combine flotation with reduced overall header weight.
The 20- and 22-inch spacing in the Case IH corn headers will help producers pick cleaner, harvest faster and pick down corn better to save grain. Chopping and nonchopping configuration options fit any residue management system, with the lightweight header floating just above the ground to reduce compaction.
“We worked diligently to reduce the amount of weight on each row unit, taking down the total weight of the header. This not only gives us better flotation and reduced compaction, it allows the corn head to float across soft fields where other corn heads and combines would get stuck,”said Kelly Kravig, Case IH Axial-Flow combines and corn headers marketing manager.
Power flow has also been completely redesigned, with power being driven from the gear boxes in the center of the header and split equally to the right and left side of the header. Separate drive lines also power the row units and choppers, providing more efficient power flow and additional protection to the drive lines.