This Salina, Kan., firm manufactures “Flexo Guards,æ which have
been around since the early 1950s. Designed for use on milo and dwarf
sunflower, the Flexo Guards extend 12 inches beyond the sickle to
retrieve and deliver the milo or sunflower heads to the auger. The
flexible steel tines, spaced on three-inch centers, minimize grain loss
and help the heads engage the sickle section for a clean cut and
efficient sickle action, says ABM. The tines’ backward pitch helps
ensure feeding of the crop heads toward the auger.
Flexo Guards come in seven- or eight-point sections, customized to
match the header on which they’re to be attached. (They can be used on
nearly any conventional header.) Clip-on installation simplifies
mounting, and an optional grain-saver boot attachment helps adapt them
to most harvest and crop conditions.
One use of the Flexo Guards is in the harvesting of high-population
dwarf sunflower. These attachments have been widely utilized in milo
for many years and, more recently, tested successfully on conventional
row-crop sunflower, the company reports.
For More Information: ABM Manufacturing (Div. of A & B Machine,
Inc.), P.O. Box 863, Salina, KS 67402-0863 — Phone: (800) 252-2059; fax:
This Harvey, N.D., firm builds the “Quick-Attach” System. The
system “puts an end to the exhausting task of mounting sunflower pans to
the combine,” according to Albert Faul. Rather than the pans being
mounted to the combine platform, they are installed on a quick-attaching
Once installed, the pans remain in position for use as needed. The
combine is then simply driven forward and engages the unit, which is
secured to the platform by a series of chain-buckles.
“These Quick-Attach systems do not come equipped with pans and
dividers, but most makes of pans can be fitted to the frame,” Faul
reports. The systems can be built to fit most platform models.
Faul Manufacturing also builds pans, end boards, drums and
For More Information: Faul Manufac-turing, Inc., Hwy. 3 & 52
Bypass, Harvey, ND 58341 — Phone: (701) 324-2361.
This Manitoba company has been producing sunflower headers for more
than 35 years. Its standard harvest attachment features a rotating drum
for consistent feeding, with straight-cutting reel bearings and drive on
the drum. Nine- or 12-inch pans are mounted on the guards, welded
together in groups of two or three.
Intersteel sunflower harvest attachments are available for all
makes of combines and various header widths. Along with the nine- and
12-inch pan widths, Intersteel also offers a 27-inch pan width option.
For More Information: Intersteel Industries, Box 1451, Morden, MB
R6M 1B3, Canada — Phone: (204) 822-5055.
The Lucke sunflower attachment originally dates to 1966, with
design modifications implemented within recent years. “We have a system
with unmolested stalks, therefore saving the large seed on the outer
diameter of the head,” reports Stewart Lucke. Nine- or 12-inch pans are
available for 24- and 30-foot width systems. Lift rods also are
The company sells direct to farmers from its Minot, N.D., location.
For More Information: Lucke Manu-facturing, 305 33rd Avenue S.W.,
Minot, ND 58701 — Phone: (701) 839-8817.
This Hays, Kan., firm offers “CropSavr Pans” to help pick up downed
crops and save head and shatter loss. Manufactured since 1985, the pans
now have a simpler, sturdier and less-expensive design. These pans can
be fit to any combine grain header and are adjustable to any crop
height. They mount with two bolts per pan and are supported by a bar
beneath the header. A push rod controls the pans’ nose height. The
pans, which can float upward while running on the ground, have a trough
on each side to catch crop shatter.
More recently, Luecke has developed a line of low-cost “CropSavr
Mini-Pans.” Fully adjustable, they are six inches wide and 20 inches
For More Information: Luecke Enter-prises, 765 E. 41st, Hays, KS
67601 — Phone: (785) 628-1426.
Midwestern Machine of Jamestown, N.D., markets the “Seed-Eater”
line of sunflower pan attachments. Originally known as the “Bonco”
line, the attachment comes with standard nine-inch pans, but Midwestern
also has available a 12-inch pan option as well as other custom-ordered
widths. The attachment, which fits most popular model combines, can be
used to harvest corn in addition to sunflower, according to its
The Seed-Eater’s 18-inch-diameter drum-style reel carries two
spirals of bolt-on finger straps which can be adjusted to any row
spacing. The unit’s “Easy-Tach” mounting system eliminates the need to
drill holes in the platform when installing, and the optional
“Uni-Mount” frame avoids the need for a bracing system.
For More Information: Midwestern Machine, P.O. Box 304, Jamestown,
ND 58402 — Phone: (701) 252-4275.
Ray-Mac, Inc., produces and markets the “3-Way Row-Crop Header,”
originally known as the “Lee Way” attachment. The unit’s name comes
from its ability to harvest corn and milo as well as sunflower.
The Ray-Mac attachment uses floating contoured snouts to direct
sunflower stalks into positive-feed augers. Seed loss due to shattering
under dry conditions is virtually eliminated, according to the
Gathering angle and cutting height can be adjusted hydraulically
from the combine cab. Also, the adjustable snout point’s angle matches
that of the overall snout for positive on-ground float, thus
facilitating the lifting and harvesting of downed plants. A hydrostatic
variable-speed control lets the operator match the unit to harvest
A simple hookup design allows a single individual to connect or
disconnect the 3-Way Header in about five minutes.
Models are available in 20-, 22-, 24-, 30-, 36-, 38- and 40-inch
row spacings — and, depending upon the spacing, in six-, eight-, 10-,
12- or 14-row sizes.
For More Information: Ray-Mac, Inc., P.O. Box 457, Gwinner, ND
58040 — Phone: (800) 542-4416; (701) 678-2452; or (701) 724-3879. The
company’s web site address is www.ray-mac.com .
Headquartered in Hutchinson, Kan., Shield Industries manufactures
and sells the “Britten Crop Saver,” which was originally developed by a
Colorado farmer. This nonmechanical crop-saving attachment fits all
direct-cut grain headers, including 0.2-inch cutting systems. Initially
designed for milo, it also works well in sunflower.
Shield Industries has redesigned the Britten system to utilize
longer polyurethane pans and wider collection gaps between each
section. These changes allow for more positive transportation of
sunflower plants through the cutting area.
The patented Britten Crop Saver units consist of polyurethane pans,
six points to each three-foot section, with each section held in place
with three bolts and supported by a steel framework. The units work in
any row width and will fit any size header. Seed loss is minimized by
the longer pan fingers, and the system alleviates the need to purchase a
For More Information: Shield Indus-tries, Box 687, Hutchinson, KS
67504 — Phone: (800) 798-1968 or (316) 662-7221.
Fleming, Colo., sunflower producer Dean Sonnenberg is the man
behind the “Sonnrise Sunflower Harvest System,” which he has had on the
market for more than a decade.
Sonnrise’s six-foot-long pans are available on 12-, 15- or 30-inch
centers, with the system featuring a shielded three-bat reel. Stock
sizes fit 20-, 24/25- and 30-foot headers. For sunflower in 30-inch
rows, pan widths of nine,12 or 27 inches are recommended. The nine- or
12-inch pans can be used on any row width as well as with drilled
sunflower. Other pan widths can be custom ordered.
Each Sonnrise pan is carried on its own frame beneath the grain
platform for easy attachment and removal. The shield effectively
stretches out the sunflower stalks, thereby reducing foreign material.
Sonnrise recently has added a flexing corn row-style snout between
rows for lifting sunflower stalks. It also offers a bolt-on flexing
stalk lifter for rescue operations.
For More Information: Sonnrise Manufacturing, 37744 Road 34,
Fleming, CO 80728 — Phone: (970) 265-4325.
SSR Pump of Michigan, N.D., has been manufacturing a floating-pan
attachment since the 1970s. Designed to be particularly effective on
lodged or down sunflower, the SSR unit features a beaked hood which fits
in front of three-foot-long catch pans. Geared for 30-inch rows, the
floating pans fit any combine, according to SSR.
SSR’s “Quick-Tach” pan attachment system is available with nine- or
12-inch straight pans. Pans can be attached or removed in less than 20
minutes. A 2x4-inch support bar and 3/16-inch mounts for sickle guards
are used, as are two angles per pen for support purposes. Fall shields
cover the bearings and drive.
For More Information: SSR Pump Company, P.O. Box 149, Michigan, ND
58259 — Phone: (701) 259-2331.
Westward introduced the high-capacity “Sunmaster 1095” head in 1995
as the “only true complete header designed principally for sunflower.”
The attachment also can be used for dryland corn.
Sunmaster is designed to fit all major line combines. “Drive into
the header, hook up the power shaft, and you are ready to harvest,”
advises Westward Products’ Scott Waldie. The attachment is available in
eight- and 12-row units with row spacings of 20 to 30 inches. The
Sunmaster has been used in solid-seeded sunflower fields as well.
Sunmaster has a four-blade rotary cutter at the rear end of the
gathering chain, so the plant stalk is cut right at the platform.
Vibrating pans catch seeds from any shattering that may occur, thereby
minimizing seed loss.
For More Information: Westward Products, Inc., Airport Road, P.O.
Box 2062, Jamestown, ND 58402 — Phone: (701) 251-2182.
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