“It’s a beast out in the field:” CLAAS shows off new header

A one-stop-shop header for farmers was on display at Canada’s Farm Progress Show this year. The Flex-belt draper on the new 1230 Convio Flex by CLAAS was hard to miss as farmers could taking a close look at it along the shows walkway.

“It’s a beast out in the field,” says Rick Hubrick, corporate territory manager for Saskatchewan with CLAAS.

“(It’s a) 40-foot unit, 12.3 meters, we go from 25 up to 45 feet, and we have the ability to be fully automatic — one header is going to do absolutely everything on your farm.”

With roughly 10 inches of movement and automatic settings, Hubrick adds it’s like nothing else on the market.

One of his favourite features is that, if a farmer was out cutting durum about eight to 10 inches off the ground, and it gets lodged, with a push of a button, it automatically goes into flex mode, so nothing is left behind.

Four modes that are featured with the unit include:

  • Rigid – for small grain straight cut
  • Rigid/flex – for small grain straight cut with lodged crop
  • Flex – for soybeans, beans, lentils, etc.
  • Auto contour flex – for soybeans, beans, lentils, etc.

In 2018, CLAAS had a limited amount available for its pre-series release, for 2019 they bought in 100 for North America, and next year they will be made available to everyone. Also new for next year, Hubrick says they will be adding fully integrated transport, meaning no trailer will be needed to move it.

Watch RealAgriculture’s Jessika Guse speak with Rick Hubrick of CLAAS about their new header in the video below.

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