Although the eagerly awaited Grassland and Muck event is one more casualty of the current situation, manufacturers have a host of new kit ready for the season. Jane Carley takes a look at new grassland equipment developments.
Kverneland has added the 8.75m working width 5387MT heavy-duty butterfly mower conditioner to its portfolio. Similar to other models in the range, it uses the firm’s QuattroLink suspension system, with the 3.2m rear mowing units carried by four suspension arms located onto a fixed beam.
Each of the rear centrally mounted mower beds can float independently of the main frame, allowing them to respond quickly and accurately to changes in ground contours, says the manufacturer.
QuattroLink affords 700mm of vertical movement and 30 degrees of sideways movement, while maintaining a constant ground pressure during work. Ultimately, it has been designed to provide increased mower bed stability at higher forward speeds, enabling a cleaner cut with an even stubble height.
QuattroLink also brings a safety breakaway function, which sees the mower bed move simultaneously backwards and upwards to clear an obstacle. Equipped with semi-swing steel conditioning tines and an adjustable conditioner plate, the unit folds beyond 90 degrees for transport.
Suitable for tractors from 200hp, the 5387MT can be used with mechanical controls or the optional ComfortControl joystick.
Offering improved ground following ability, Massey Ferguson has introduced a new front mounted mower model featuring a pendulum mounting system designed to ‘pull’ the machine through the crop. In addition, mounting it directly to the front linkage keeps the machine close to the tractor, improves stability and reduces overhang, says the manufacturer.
The pendulum system suspends the mower on a series of linkages, which connect to the front of the frame. Linkages are connected to a centre pivot which provides three-dimensional suspension from a hydro-pneumatic damping system. This allows the disc bed to closely follow ground contours, from minus six degrees uphill to plus 15 degrees downwards.
When working across slopes, the pendulum enables the mower to move plus or minus 13 degrees side-to-side. An optional hydraulic side-shift facility provides up to 20cm of movement to steer around obstacles. Working widths are 3.12m with six discs or 3.62m with seven discs, and a roller or tine rotor conditioner can be specified.
Kuhn introduces the FC 3115 D 3.1m rear mounted mower conditioner, with 126 degrees hydraulic vertical folding for compact transport, improved manoeuvrability and reduced loading on the tractor’s rear wheels.
The firm’s Lift-Control suspension system, in conjunction with constant pressure control, allows precise ground following, it claims. It also provides an effective safety mechanism, whereby the machine moves backwards and upwards if hitting an obstacle, before moving swiftly back into work.
Kuhn’s Fast-Fit quick release blades are standard. This model can also be fitted with the manufacturer’s Triple 5 reinforced blades, offering four to five times the life of standard knives.
Its heavy duty pivoting steel finger system offers adjustment of conditioning intensity, by switching between two rotor speeds and/or setting the conditioning hood position.
As a replacement for the Swadro 1400 Plus four-rotor rake, Krone has launched the Swadro TC 1370. Hydraulic rotor suspension, adjustable on the move, replaces spring suspension, while an integral vibration damping system is designed to gently lower the rotors into work, with headland lift height adjusted directly from the tractor cab.
Rotor height can now also be set from the cab, either for each rotor separately or for all rotors in synch, and pre-set heights can be selected to adapt to varying conditions on the move. Rotor arms extend automatically to the pre-set width as they lower into work.
The main frame of the rake lowers hydraulically into transport position, without operators having to remove or fold tines - transport height is less than 4m. Working width is from 10.8m to 13.7m, a 20cm increase on the Swadro 1400 Plus. Swath widths are from 1.40m to 2.60m.
The new Swadro TC 1370 display screen has all major work settings constantly displayed. It can be operated from an IsoBus-compatible tractor terminal, the new Krone DS 100/DS 500 or the IsoBus-compatible CCI 800/CCI 1200 terminals with optional joystick.
Massey Ferguson is also extending its tedder offering with the addition of three models in the MF TD X range.
Based on the well-known Lely Lotus, the tedders feature the proven hooked, long and short tine tedding action.
There are three models in the range, with six, eight and 10 rotors, working widths of 7.7, 10.2 and 12.5m.
Pottinger is offering an optional glide bar to replace the rotor undercarriage wheels on its Top 842 C rotary rake. The aim is to reduce dirt ingress by tracking the entire surface of the ground close to the tines, said to be ideal for rutted wet and peaty soils.
Flowtast uses wear-resistant plastic as the ground contact material, its high volume sabre shape delivering the best gliding characteristics even when moving sideways, says Pottinger, and tracking the ground along the full raking length of the tine arc.
Said to allow up to 10 per cent higher driving speeds due to its suspension properties, Flowtast’s low vibrations and smoother running also reduce wear to the rake.