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AGCO 3300 Chopping, Non-Chopping Heads

AGCO is rolling out the all-new 3300 Command Series corn headers for Gleaner, Massey Ferguson, and Challenger combines. “This new corn head is completely redesigned to deliver more capacity and faster harvesting rates with reduced header loss relative to both cobs and overall corn loss at the header itself,” says Kevin Bien with AGCO.

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Dealing with increased residue
To do a more efficient job of harvesting corn, the 3300 has a new gathering lug and chain design to reduce the amount of trash coming into the combine.

In addition, the 3300 is offered as a chopping head so you can size residue during harvest. If you don’t want to chop in a particular field, you can simply deactivate the chopping function.

One of the main perks of the chopping corn head is that it uses less power than competitor chopping heads, says Bien. “The 3300 features a drive system and chopper drive that saves power,” he adds. “Measured against a competitor, we found a 20% reduction in power necessary to drive our header. This allows farmers to use this head on older combines without taxing the header drive system.”

Capture more kernels
The 3300 uses new roto-molded snouts that are smooth with no sharp edges, resulting in less trash into the feeder, increased capacity, and less ear loss in the field. A 30-inch, high-capacity auger provides better feeding and transition of material into the feeder house for more capacity and better crop control. The gathering chains have been slowed down and synchronized with the auger to get a nice flow of material.

A new fore/aft adjustment on the corn head allows 6° of tilt via a single-acting cylinder and accumulator system. “A lot of farmers have to deal with down corn. This gives you the capability to get snouts down and get ears that are on the ground without having to purchase a separate corn reel,” adds Bien.

The 3300 will be available in 8- or 12-row configurations.

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