New Draper Header Cleat Technology from WCCO Belting Now Available for Agricultural Industry

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WCCO Belting’s patented Edge Defender™ cleat for combine harvest headers (draper platforms) is now available for aftermarket distribution and to agricultural equipment manufacturers worldwide. The angled cleat design increases yield with product flow control technology that directs crop to the center of the draper and onto the feeder belt. It also reduces downtime from buildup under the belt by pulling crop away from the cutting edge. The belting technology was first introduced at the world’s leading trade fair for agricultural technology, Agritechnica, in 2019.

The Edge Defender™ is manufactured with the company’s patented RAPTOR® belt construction, the global gold standard sourced by most major agricultural equipment manufacturers in harvesting applications for small grains and edible beans. The invention boosts uptime and protects the profitability of harvest by effectively conveying crop on the belt and into the feeder house. In addition, the cleat design uses lightweight connector plates in an angled installation that creates a smoother and more efficient transition over the rollers.

We continue to innovate conveyor belting, this time for crop harvest, with the launch of the Edge Defender,” said Jean Voorhees, vice president of business development at WCCO Belting. “Raptor redefined performance in the industry and remains the best in the market, and our company’s focus remains on raising the bar for our customers all over the world. We’ve achieved that with the Edge Defender cleat design.”

Raptor® Draper Belting with the new Edge Defender™ angled cleat is available for limited makes and models of harvest headers. Contact your local distributor for more information, or email

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