AGCO Introduces 9255 DynaFlex Draper
Building upon the success of the 9250 DynaFlex draper head, AGCO is launching the 9255 for Gleaner, Massey Ferguson, and Challenger combines. The 9255 features a fully flexible cutter bar plus 12° of hydraulic tilt for the cutter bar and draper belt.
“The enhancements to our new 9255 DynaFlex draper header are designed to help producers of soybeans, cereal crops, milo, and canola harvest quickly and efficiently even when facing tough and matted or tangled crops,” says Caleb Schleder, AGCO.
To take on difficult crop conditions, the 9255 has a redesigned six-bat single-piece reel assembly. The reel has heavier, larger diameter tubes and heavy-duty tines to separate and move tangled crops gently onto the 41-inch-wide draper belts. This helps prevent crop material from wrapping around the reel.
The new draper head is also equipped with a mechanically driven flywheel sickle-drive gearbox. This drive system has a gearbox with a flywheel to maintain cutter bar speed rather than a gearbox with a swinging counterbalance weight, which is used in a traditional wobble box. The new design adds strength to the drive system, making it more durable.
The flywheel design also allows the end skid and header end panel to be 3 inches narrower on each end compared with the 9250. Slimmer panels reduce crop damage in the uncut crop. For optimal torque and cutting power, all headers except the 25-foot model use a dual sickle-drive mechanism, mechanically driven from each end of the header.
End skids on the 9255 have a thicker design to reduce wear and increase service life. The angle and radius of the end skid were designed to ride flatter on the ground, which increases the footprint of the skid. For more constant ground pressure, the 9255 also has larger hydraulic lines to deliver pressure to the float suspension.
The 9255 is available in 25-, 30-, 35-, and 40-foot models.