Honey Bee Manufacturing Ltd.

Rice Belt Header


The Honey Bee Rice Belt Header speeds harvest with features that allow it to hug the ground for faster, easier harvests eliminating the twisting and tangling problems associated with conventional auger headers. Using drapers and a unique feeding auger, The Honey Bee Rice Belt Header uniformly feeds the crop heads first into the combine providing constant harvest speeds, superior threshing and better harvest efficiency, increasing combine capacity by as much as 20 percent. Plus, it is ruggedly designed to last longer with less down time.

The Rice Belt Header not only ensures proper feeding of rice, but also can be used on any crop from wheat to lupins. When converting from straight-cut to a pick-up header, no combine adjustment is necessary.

Few crops around the world are as difficult to harvest as rice. The stalks are tough, rice is particularly abrasive, and yields can run upwards of 295 bushels per acre. In addition, you’re often harvesting in extremely wet ground conditions. They all add up to tough combining with conventional equipment.

Honey Bee lives to make harvests faster. Starting with an understanding of material flow into a combine, Honey Bee has engineered a better straight-cut header especially for rice. Built on a design that moves the crop smoothly to the feeder housing, the Rice Belt Header defines harvest efficiency with low maintenance features such as an oversized oil cooling reservoir and heavy duty 3/16' tubular steel header mainframe.

The Rice Belt Header is a rugged, ground-hugging header that is designed to last. Add in Honey Bee’s reputation for well-built, dependable equipment and you’ll have a lot more harvest time on your hands.

Lateral leaf spring float system
The header has excellent floatation and ground-hugging capability. Lateral and vertical leaf spring suspension allows the header to float independently of the combine’s OEM accumulator floatation system. You’ll put more crop through the combine, leave less in the field, and reduce rock damage to your cutting system.

UHMW Skid plates
UHMW skid plates are standard on all models to protect the cutterbar when cutting crops close to the ground.

Double reel drive
The hydraulically driven reel is easily controlled using standard in-cab controls. In-cab controls allow for quick reel adjustment in changing crop conditions.

Draper speed control
Draper speeds are hydraulically controlled and adjustable. Hydraulic power is split 50% to the side drapers and 50% to the centre deck. Independent control over the drapers gives you the power to move heavy material smoothly and efficiently.

Polyester Drapers
Drapers are made of long-lasting, rubberized polyester with fibreglass reinforced slats and tie bar connectors. The drapers are standard 42' (106.7cm ) width.

Draper Drive
The 2 1/2' (6.4 cm) diameter drive rollers provide traction in heavy crop conditions. Powered from the outside by a hydraulic motor, the drapers move the crop towards the centre deck and feed auger for more uniform feeding.

Draper Tension and Tracking
The canvas can be adjusted for tracking and tightening, which allows even tension on both the front and rear of the rollers. A quick release lever allows for ease of canvas and roller cleaning.

Deck and Feed Auger
Fasten your seat belt. The 68' (172.7 cm) centre deck combined with the 72' (182.9 cm) feed auger with retractable fingers smoothly feeds the crop into the feeder housing without twisting or tangling. A hinged door under the centre deck allows easy cleaning of foreign material like rocks and roots that might jam the feeder.

Feed Auger Slip Clutch
A slip clutch on the feed auger disengages to prevent damage caused by foreign material running through the combine.

Independant hydraulic system
A PTO driveline powers a hydraulic pump that is mounted to a step-up gear box that drives the feed auger. The step-up gear box is lubricated with oil supplied from the header hydraulics, which is double filtered to keep the system clean.

Manual Header Tilt
No-wrench tilt adjustment allows you to set the platform at the best angle to perform in all crops – short, tall, bulky or sparse.

SCH Cutting System
The SCH Easy Cut Cutting System provides smooth, superior cutting. Spring steel guards, with cutting edges on top and bottom, along with alternating, bolted, heat treated sections, eliminate the need for hold downs. The system keeps dirt and debris from accumulating under the knives for increased performance in severe cutting conditions.

Knife Drive
The knife is driven by a 3 5/16” (8.4 cm) stroke, epicyclic knife drive which ranges from 1,284 – 1,400 strokes per minute (depending on make of combine), eliminating fore/aft movement. The knife drive is driven by a low maintenance hydraulic drive motor. Optional double knife drive systems are available.

Jack Adjustable Castoring Gauge Wheels
Castoring gauge wheels have rubber spring suspension and are vertically adjustable. They are available as optional equipment and recommended on headers 25’ and wider. The castoring design eliminates gouging when turning.

Cross Auger
Hydraulic drive cross augers assist in material flow from the drapers to the feed auger. The auger is adjustable to match varying crop conditions and increases combine capacity in bulky crops like peas and mustard. 20’ augers are available on all headers and 30’ augers are available on headers 36’ and longer.

Fore/Aft Reel Adjustment
A hydraulic adjustment with in-cab control is available for fore/aft positioning for on-the-go response to changing crop conditions with a 16' operating range.

Hay Guard
No-wrench tilt adjustment allows you to set the platform at the best angle to perform in all crops — short, tall, bulky or sparse.

Levee Shield
A levee shield protects the rollers when cutting up against levees, reducing harvest misses.

Stainless Steel Throat
Stainless steel is harder, reduces friction and outlasts carbon steel. The stainless steel throat gives your header better feeding ability and reduces wear caused by extremely abrasive crops like rice.

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