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Claas Launches the Orbis 900 Forage Header

October 27, 2009
By: Anna McBrayer, Editor

OMAHA, Neb.—Claas of America Inc. announces the launch of the newest addition to its range of Orbis forage heads. The Orbis 900 is a row-independent head that can cover 30' (12 rows/30") of corn, milo and forage sorghum in a single pass. The result is less time in the field and greater fuel efficiency, along with the capacity and chop quality customers have come to expect from Claas.
The Orbis 900 head allows high-horsepower Claas forage harvesters to maximize their capacity. Growers now have the ability to harvest significantly more tons of corn per day than with the Orbis 750 or other 10-row (25') heads. The drive system, with low starting torque, sets a new benchmark compared to other heads in the industry.
The Orbis 900 is uniquely engineered with a V-shaped crop flow that funnels the crop smoothly from the head into the forage harvester. Large drums on the end transport crop to the center and create a windrow effect for the crop to enter the forage harvester, resulting in higher chop quality and increased fuel efficiency. The drums keep the outside rows on each end away from the uncut neighboring rows, resulting in less cob loss.
Standard Auto Contour adjusts the head up and down, and the new suspended frame geometry automatically neutralizes lateral tilt. This gives growers the ability to adapt to the topography of the field, providing the greatest versatility of harvesting in crop and terrain.
Bob Armstrong, North American product marketing manager for Claas, summarizes the Orbis 900 transport as the greatest innovation of a large-scale head. "Growers may wonder how a head of this size can be taken from field to field. The Orbis 900 folds flat for transport. Driver visibility is increased and grower safety is extended as the folding wings are controlled with a hydraulic module—present on the head itself.” Armstrong continues, "This makes it possible for any Jaguar 900 series machine to operate the head without any additional equipment. Because the Orbis 900 is folded beyond dead center, it remains securely locked in both operational and travel modes.”
The Orbis 900 is a welcome addition to the Claas Orbis series of heads, breaking all the rules to cover more acres in less time, saving valuable fuel and labor costs. For more information, visit

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