Harvest Feeder Chain
It seems to us that most feeder chains were designed in Fred Flintstone‚Äôs day. They are heavy and cause premature wear on the drive mechanism and feeder house bottom.
They often wear out sprockets and stretch chains prematurely because of their weight. The slats are virtually impossible to straighten and because they are riveted you are almost forced into buying a new feeder chain every time a slat bends.
In 1991 Harvest developed and marketed the first plastic slatted feeder chain.
HARVEST offers a Feeder Chain that will handle today‚Äôs larger crops, improve feeding, last longer and reduce maintenance costs. It starts with 557 chain. With heavier rollers and side links it will outlast the original chain by hundreds of hours.
The slats are bolted, not riveted. The slats are made of plastic with a spring steel insert, giving the slat flexibility as well as ‚Äúmemory‚Äù so that when it is bent it will return to its original shape. The plastic slats have a trailing edge so when the flap goes around the drive sprocket it acts like a flipper and speeds up to force your crop into the threshing cylinder.
There are also fewer slats. We‚Äôve taken away enough to reduce the weight but left plenty to carry any crop, including western Canadian spring wheat. With fewer slats we‚Äôve reduced the weight by 35%. With less weight you‚Äôll notice less wear on the bearings, sprockets and feeder house bottom.