When AGCO designed its 9250 DynaFlex draper header, the goal was to feed the combine evenly and smoothly, explains AGCO tactical marketing manager Caleb Schleder. Now the company plans to further improve the headers’ durability and reliability with the launch of the new 9255 DynaFlex.
At the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville last month, Schleder explained that the new 9255 features a fully flexible cutter bar and 12 degrees of hydraulic tilt for the cutter bar and draper belt. To improve crop feeding, the 9255 offers a completely redesigned, larger and sturdier six-bat single-piece reel assembly. It has heavier, larger diameter tubes and heavy-duty tines to separate and move heavy tangled crops gently onto the 41-inch wide draper belts without wrapping crop material around the reel.
Schleder notes the 9255 DynaFlex fits Gleaner, Massey Ferguson and Challenger combines and is designed to help soybean, cereal and canola producers harvest quickly and efficiently even when facing tough and matted or tangled crops.
The 9255 is also equipped with a mechanically driven flywheel sickle-drive gearbox. This drive system employs a gearbox with a flywheel to maintain cutter bar speed and momentum rather than a gearbox with swinging counterbalance weight found in a traditional wobble box. The flywheel design also allows for a narrower end skid and header end panel compared to previous models. Slimmer panels reduce crop damage and loss in uncut standing crop as the header passes.
The end skids also have a new thicker design, reducing wear and increasing their service life. The angle and radius of the end skid has been optimized to ride flatter on the ground, increasing the ‘footprint’ of the skid, adds Schleder. Larger hydraulic lines also deliver the pressure and control required to improve float suspension, leading to more constant ground pressure. The improved footprint spreads out the ground pressure more evenly, reducing the wear at the rear of the skid shoe.
The 9255 is available in 25, 30, 35 and 40 foot models.