The Power Hopper Topper
“The Power Hopper Topper was conceived by the marriage of frustration and inspiration,” says farmer inventor Gilles Rozendaal.
Rozendaal’s frustration came from a John Deere S680 power-folding hopper that was smaller than previous hoppers. During a rain delay during 2012 harvest at 2 a.m., the Indiana farmer went to work to find a solution. By noon of that day, a pre-prototype extension was in place, which Rozendaal ran successfully until the next rain delay. This delay gave Rozendaal the time to develop a more refined prototype that he ran successfully for the rest of last year’s harvest. The prototype adds a 50-bushel extension, can be easily installed, and power folds.
Deciding that his solution would be a viable option for other farmers, Rozendaal is now selling the Power Hopper Topper Extension Kit for John Deere S680 and S690 combines. The kit is available for $425.
Rozendaal is also working on producing a 150-bushel and 75-bushel extension kit for John Deere S660 and S670 combines. He hopes to have both kits in production by this summer and ready for this year’s harvest.
After several requests to develop extensions for Case IH and Lexion power-folding hoppers, Rozendaal plans on pursuing the possibility of kits for these combines.