Shelbourne - Stripper Header
The stripper header was originally conceived by Keith Shelbourne in the mid eighties as a derivative of the rotary head fitted to the companies pea harvesters. The first models were put on the market in the UK in 1989 and continual design enhancements have led to steady sales growth since.
The basic concept of the stripper header is that a rearwards rotating rotor fitted in the front of the header is fitted with 8 rows of stripping fingers that strip grain from the crop as the combine moves the head forwards while it spins backwards. The speed of the rotor can be varied according to crop conditions.
After the grain has been stripped by the rotor a series of deflectors within the header deflect the grain back into a conventional auger and pan.
This auger then moves the material to the centre where it enters the feederhouse of the combine. 85% of the grain is threshed by the header meaning that the material entering the combine is predominantly grain, chaff, leaf and minimal straw. The benefit of this reduced bulk entering the combine is significantly improved capacity and efficiency.
Other benefits include improved performance in down, lodged and hailed crops, both in terms of crop recovery and speed as well as improved performance in green, high moisture and weed infested crops.
Many farmers in low rainfall areas have utilised the moisture retention benefits of stripped straw in their no-till farming systems.