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Fendt expands grassland kit lineup

Featuring combi-balers, new mowers and updated forage wagons, Fendt has extended its grassland equipment portfolio.


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Fendt's Rotana 130 F Combi round baler.
Fendt's Rotana 130 F Combi round baler.

Initial Fendt baler introductions featured the 1125 F, 2125 F and 2125 F ProFi fixed chamber models, and the variable 4160 V and Fendt 4180 V models. As of next year, all the fixed chamber models will be replaced by the new Rotana 130 F, while the current variable chamber machines will be kept, with the line-up expanded to include combi-baler variants; the Rotana 130 F Combi and Rotana 160 V Combi. Maximum bale diameters in cm relate to the model number.

 

Protecting drive components to the chamber, all Rotana models will be fitted with a freewheel sprocket. In case of blockage at the pickup or feed rotor, this allows chamber contents to gradually slow down rather than come to a sudden halt. A new drive concept is also said to offer longer durability and better transmission of power from the gearbox to the baler rollers. Main drive is now divided into two chains, for better and more even distribution of power.


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The Rotana can be fitted with a bale tipping kit.
The Rotana can be fitted with a bale tipping kit.

In addition, all fixed chamber Rotana models will feature redesigned rollers, said to offer more bale ‘grip’, producing denser bales. The firm has also installed a sensor to measure the uniformity of bale density. From the last 30 per cent of bale formation, an indicator on the terminal informs the driver whether one side of the chamber is fuller than the other, allowing them to take appropriate action.

 

Finally, to compliment is solo balers, the firm has also introduced a trailed wrapper, the Rollector 130, capable of wrapping round bales with a diameter from 90 to 130cm.

Fendt Rollector 130 round bale wrapper.
Fendt Rollector 130 round bale wrapper.

Forage wagon developments

Forage wagon developments

Developments for its range of Tigo PR and XR forage wagons include wider pickups, now up to two metres for PR models and 2.2m for XR machines. A new hydraulic drive is also said to offer greater flexibility, with pick-up speed better matched to crop conditions.

 

A new option sees an automatic knife sharpening system added to the list. Flexsharp allows sharpening of bladed while in situ in the swing-out knife bank. For flexibility, the knife sharpening unit can be removed from the wagon, and used to sharpen other similar types of blades, a round balers’, for example. Any make of blade can also be sharpened, it says.

 

For XR models, these will get an increase in drive protection, up to 3,000Nm, estimated to boost wagon performance by up to 20 per cent, says the manufacturer.

 

In addition, the XR range will be expanded to include a tri-axle model. The Tigo XR 90, as pictured, will offer a volume of 50cu.m (actual volume).

Mower additions

Mower additions

Taken from the Fella stable, and designed to offer increased mowing flexibility, Fendt has added a centre pivot trailed mower to its line-up. The TKC and TRC disc mowers are available in three and 3.5m widths and are offered with either tine or roller conditioners.

 

Main benefit of the centre pull type mower is its ability to work on either side of the tractor, enabling the field to be mowed up and down, rather than in bouts, saving time on the headlands.

 

Mower construction, particularly bed and suspension system, sees many design cues taken from the firm’s top-spec front mower, which sees a clever 3D suspension system used to follow ground contours. And because the mower is suspended at either end, rather than in the middle, the cutter bar is said to remain a lot more stable at high speed.

 

As with all Fendt disc mowers, discs are driven via a shaft.

Forager upgrades

Forager upgrades

Boosting robustness and durability, Kemper, has developed a heavy duty version of its grass pickup for Fendt’s Katana self-propelled forager.

 

The new P3003 Maximum is equipped with uprated drivelines, a redeveloped auger, and features more space between it and the front tyres of the forager – the latter improving front-end access to the machine.

 

In addition, beefier chains are used to power the pickup and the use of replaceable harder wearing parts on the auger flights and pickup throat extend working life.

 

The increased use of heavy-duty components also extends to the chopping cylinder’s concave which is now available with a Heavy Duty Wear Package. An uprated scraper is also available for the smooth feed roller.

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