Claas debuts flex draper header

Claas unveiled its new Convio draper header series at the Farm Progress Show in Iowa last week, including a new model outfitted specifically for straight-harvesting canola.

Available in widths of 35 to 45 feet, the Convio Flex draper features up to 9 inches of vertical flex, says product manager Jeff Gray, in the interview below.

“What is unique about this header are the auto-flex functions. No longer do you have to fine tune your cutting height positions. The header will do that automatically when in Auto-Contour Flex,” he explains.

When harvesting cereal crops, the header operates in two cutting positions — a higher rigid setting for standing crop, and a lower setting for lodged crop.

“When it goes into the lodged crop, it will automatically go into flex mode,” says Gray, noting side and centre belt speeds can also be set to adjust automatically.

The canola model, on display in Iowa, featured side knives to cut through the crop and a top cross-auger to hold down the fluffy canola crop.

Check out the video below for more on Claas’ flex draper head:


Kelvin Heppner

Kelvin Heppner is a field editor and radio host for RealAgriculture and RealAg Radio. He's been reporting on agriculture on the prairies and across Canada since 2008(ish). He farms with his family near Altona, Manitoba, and is on Twitter at @realag_kelvin. @realag_kelvin


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