The MacDon FD75 FlexDraper® is our latest innovation in FlexDraper technology. Even at maximum flex our fixed reel to cutterbar relationship stays true, maintaining a consistently small critical gap between the reel fingers and cutterbar. This close reel to cutterbar relationship results in smooth, consistent, heads-first feeding that significantly boosts combine productivity. That means you get up to 45’ (13.7m) of true ground following characteristics that won’t compromise performance.
MacDon 5 Series Drapers are designed to provide smooth, consistent headsfirst feeding to the combine, even in the most challenging harvest conditions. Feeding crop heads-first is the best way to get the most performance out of your combine - burning less fuel and taking less time to process means getting the crop off quicker and more efficiently. HERE’S HOW WE DO IT…
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We've almost cut our harvest time in half with the FlexDraper– Bill Aulie
With our previous flex-head we would try to maintain 100% engineload, but we were always down in the 50%, 60%,70% range. Now with the FD70 we’re not only able to attain 100%, we are also cutting 3 to 4 MPH (4.8 to 6.4 km/h) faster, and 4' (1.2 m) wider with each pass.
We have run over 10,000 acres of crop in just 2 seasons through our MacDon FlexDraper with no issues. The darn thing just works.– Jim and Tracy Zeorian, Manley, NE
We are so impressed with our MacDon FlexDraper. It has instantly given our combine a 15% boost in capacity.– Christian Kirchner, La Salle, MB
The MacDon FD75 FlexDraper® features a fixed cutterbar to reel relationship. This means a small critical gap between the reel fingers and the cutterbar is maintained at all times, even when in full flex. This small gap ensures smooth, consistent, heads-first feeding of the crop over the entire width of the FlexDraper® Header, up to 45' (13.7m). That’s innovation significantly boosting combine productivity.
The MacDon FD75 FlexDraper® is a floating, three-section flexible header with a split reel allowing the entire header frame, cutterbar and reel to follow ground contours as a unit – while maintaining the small, consistent reel to cutterbar relationship. This is important for smooth, consistent, heads-first feeding to the combine – even at maximum flex. This means excellent ground following capabilities even on terraces or ditches.
THE OTHER GUYS
On the other hand, the other guys' rigid frame relies on the movement of the flexible cutterbar to follow ground contours. To accommodate the flex, reel fingers must have excessive clearance to avoid damage from the cutterbar. This results in a large gap and inconsistent relationship between the reel and cutterbar as the cutterbar follows contours in the field.
The FD75 FlexDraper® switches easily from flex to rigid application with the quick flip of a lever. This amazing feature allows the FD75 to provide outstanding performance in just about any crop and under any ground condition. Available in 30’ (9.1m) to 45’ (13.7m) widths, making this the most productive Draper Header that MacDon has ever produced.
MacDon's patented PR15 pick-up reel has been engineered to deliver optimal performance. The remarkable movement of this reel provides aggressive yet gentle finger action, resulting in the best pick-up action and crop recovery in the industry. Along with 4 cam positions, header tilt control, and fore-aft reel positioning, this reel can be specifically adjusted to meet your harvest conditions.
Visibility of the float and tilt has been improved. Mounting the tilt indicator directly on the cylinder with a simplified design makes it easier for the operator to see. Automatic header height control and hydraulic header tilt are now standard features on all 5 Series Drapers.
The auto-header-height-control on combines is a reactive system, meaning that it needs time to “react” to changing ground conditions. For example, if it takes 1 second to react, at 6 mph (10km/h) you will have already traveled 8' (2.5m). This lag may cause the header to get caught up on uneven terrain making for uneven cutting and/or unnecessary dirt ingestion. The active float system of the MacDon CA25 allows for an instant response over all kinds of ground conditions.
This kit is a compression molded component that has very high wear characteristics. It is used when cutting low podding crops like soybeans, lentils, or other lodged crops. The smooth design characteristics make this kit ideal for muddy harvesting conditions by reducing the likelihood of mud building up on the cutterbar.
This kit is available for all header sizes.
Adjust the reel position to changing crop and field conditions on-the-go from the cab.
Many of the complicated weldments have been replaced with castings. This simple change allows for a more repeatable product - which in turn makes your product last longer than ever before.
By using high-quality Parker hoses throughout the FD75, we have been able to provide the most reliable FlexDraper to date.
Convert your FD75 from rigid (lock) to flex (unlock) in seconds. It is really that simple!
This simple change allows the drapers to be tensioned up to 33% more than previous FlexDraper headers, improving the drive to drapers for handling the heaviest of crop loads.
The reel endshields were redesigned for less carryover of crop and to allow more clearance between the reel and header endshields.
The MacDon pick-up reel is the most robust on the market. The special cam arms are manufactured in cast-iron to ensure it can withstand the toughest crop conditions.
Reel position can be critical to the performance of your header in certain crops. Simple reel positioner indication is offered to allow your operators to better determine where their reel works best.
An optional steel finger configured FD75 is now available. This feature is useful to maximize the durability in rice applications.
Only available for rice applications.
A draper seal is built into both of the side drapers and travels the entire length of the c-shaped cutterbar, preventing and crop residue from entering the underside of the drapers.
Critical to keep your drapers tracking straight, preventing premature wear to the drapers.
A spare knife can be ordered and installed into the back-tube of any size of FD75 header at the factory.
The Stabilizer Wheel Kit is ideal for cutting off the ground, by stabilizing the header in undulating ground conditions through the use of spring & shock combination. The cutting height is fully adjustable and can easily be set to a number of cutting height positions.
This kit can be used on 30’ (9.1m) and larger headers.
Attached in front of the back tube, the upper cross auger improves feeding of tall, fluffy crop to the center of the draper header. This kit is ideal for straight-cutting high volume crops like canola, mustard and other tall hard to feed plants.
This kit can be used on all sizes of headers and are length specific (full width of each header size).
Each MacDon Combine Draper Header comes standard with a combine adapter package to fit a specific brand of combine. Should you decide to change combine brands down the road, we offer this kit to allow you to modify your existing header / adapter to fit that different combine brand. It's simple and only takes about 4 hours to complete the conversion.
* This kit is required to convert your existing header from one combine brand to another. You will not need this when ordering a new header.
This kit is useful when cutting low to the ground. It acts as a touch-down point when operating on rough or undulating ground. There are two separate packages available - Inboard* (black compression molded) and Outboard Skid Shoes (steel with white poly). The skid shoes are adjustable for without the use of tools.
* 30' Draper Headers require only one set of Inboard Skid Shoes while 35' and larger headers require 2 sets.
This kit will allow you to transport your draper header from farm-to-field and then quickly switch to field Stabilizer Wheel position by one person. The Transport Package is a simple self-supporting unit with very little hitch weight for simpler hitching. The transport tow pole is a two piece unit that requires no tools to assemble / disassemble and stores on the back tube of the header during harvesting operation. The Stabilizer Wheel application is ideal for cutting off the ground, by stabilizing the header in undulating ground conditions.
This kit can be used on 30’ (9.1m) and larger headers.
|Size/Cutting Width||30 ft (9.1 m)||35 ft (10.7 m)||40 ft (12.2 m)||45 ft (13.7 m)|
|Weight - Single Knife Drive1||6746 lb (3060 kg)||7167 lb (3251 kg)||7589 lb (3442 kg)||-|
|Weight - Double Knife Drive2||-||-||7789 lb (3533 kg)||8218 lb (3728 kg)|
|Knife: Type / Drive / Speed / Guards||Single or double knife / Hydraulic, MacDon design enclosed oil bath wobble box(es) / 1050 to 1400 SPM, varies depending on header size / Pointed DHT (double heat-treated), strong, mud resistant profile|
|Reel: Type / Drive / Speed / Fingers||Model PR15 pick-up reel, 2-piece (double), flip-over design, cam-leading finger control / Hydraulic / 0 to 67 RPM varies depending on combine model / 11 in (279 mm) length, wear-resistant HD plastic, 6 in (152 mm) spacing|
|Conveyor: Type / Drive / Speed||41.6 in (1057 mm) width, reversible 24 oz (680.4 g) rubber skim-coated drapers, double V-guide with tracking, integral seal on leading edge / Hydraulic / 0 to 464 ft/min|
|Standard Features||Adapters for most current model combines, hydraulic fore-aft reel positioner, hydraulic header tilt, cutterbar poly wear plates, auto-header height with header angle and ground pressure indicators|
|Field Installed Options||Upper cross auger recommended for tall bushy crops, stabilizer wheels, slow-speed transport with stabilizer wheels and other specialty option kits|
* Please note: All listed weights are approximations and will vary depending on header configuration. Check with your dealer for combine ratings. Weight includes CA25 Combine Adapter. The CA25 Combine Adapter weighs approximately 2050 lb (930 kg); this number varies by combine model.
|Center Draper||Feed Auger|
|Size||78.7” (2000 mm) width||65.3” (1660 mm) width|
Approximately 2050 lb (1089 kg) varies by combine model
Self tracking rubber coated polyester fabric
Floating auger, mechanical drive (reversible), removable retracting fingers with full-retraction when reversing
350 to 400 ft/min (107-122 m/min)
150 rpm, varies with combine model
Header Flotation: Type / Vertical Range / Lateral Range (tilt)
2 pairs coil springs, independent adjustment (single point at either side of adapter), transport lock-out / 7 in (178 mm) / 4.8 degrees
Available for most current model combines.