OMAHA, Neb. – CLAAS of America recently introduced the CLAAS CONVIO line of headers to pair up with the LEXION combine. These headers offer first-in-the-industry features that will help improve harvest efficiency while minimizing operator downtown, according to Jeff Gray, product manager – field support for Claas. Two different draper platforms were added to the market – the Convio rigid platform draper for small grains and the Convio Flex draper for small grains, soybeans and lentils.
When paired with the Class Lexion combine, these new headers offer better visibility from the cab, more automatic features and an advanced design that leads to superior feeding efficiency and higher performance.
“Increased visibility, more simplicity and of course greater efficiency – these are three factors growers are looking for in their machinery,” Gray said. “The new Convio series is a first in the industry with advanced features on the draper head such as Auto Contour Flex and Auto Belt Speed, that can be automatically set or adjusted on the fly. Convio Flex is the only flex draper in the industry with a 9-inch range of vertical flex. This enables the cutterbar to adapt to changing terrain more efficiently.”
The new Convio headers are designed to provide superior performance in a variety of crops and field conditions. This means optimizing grain retention while minimizing downtime, Gray noted. He listed three factors that the headers feature:
- More visibility – When paired with the Lexion combine, the new headers maximize visibility into the header, allowing growers to make more accurate adjustments on the fly.
- More simplicity – Header setting can be adjusted from the cab, as well as automatically for faster, more accurate adaptability to changing conditions. This results in greater uptime and more productivity.
- More efficiency – The parallel design of the transition floor to the ground combined with the shortest distance from the cutterbar onto the belt results in superior feeding efficiency and higher performance.
The flex draper is available in widths from 35-45 feet and features up to 9 inches of cutterbar flex. It offers four operations modes – rigid, rigid/flex, flex and flex with automatic flex adjustments.
“The combination of out-of- and in-cab convenience features ensures our growers have everything they need from a draper header,” Gray said. “The flex draper rounds out our Lexion header options, to ensure that all of our growers have just the right tools for the job.”
With that in mind, Claas also announced updates to its corn heads, which minimize corn ear loss while harvesting and reduce operator downtime. The improvements include the addition of more durable snouts with improved height adjustment and end divider augers that can be adjusted from the cab (an active setting) or set automatically (a passive setting). In cab, dual-sided deck plate adjustments help keep the stalk centered on the row to maintain quality feeding and minimize shatter.
Finally, the Lexion flagship Cemos Automatic technology, a system that automatically senses changing harvest conditions and automatically adjusts the machine to maximize throughput and grain quality, also received an upgrade with the addition of Cemos Auto Threshing. The technology optimizes threshing cylinder speed and concave position settings automatically to ensure optimal threshing performance while harvesting.
For more information on any of the above new products and/or updates, please visit the website at www.claas.com.