Is it a chopper, is it a trailer, is it a forage wagon,.... no it’s all three! Swedish firm Metsjo takes the wraps off its latest trailer body creations, which includes forager/trailer combinations.
Featuring conveyor belt floors, Swedish firm Metsjo has launched a new range of trailer container bodies.
Ranging from 38 to 57cu.m in capacity, and up to 7.5m long, the trailer bodies can be specified as ‘hook lift’ variants, or, more conventionally, fitted with full running gear and drawbar.
However, there is also a third and more intriguing version available which sees a precision chop forager integrated onto the front of the trailer.
Working with its long-standing partner Kongskilde, forager options include its current JF 1060 Protec model, or the new higher capacity JF 1460M (pictured above) fitted with ROC-sourced pickup. While the 1060 sees the forager and pickup unit mounted in-line with the trailer, the new 1460 version sees the forager’s chopping unit turned through 90 degrees and a fold-down pickup unit to be used.
The 3.1m wide, pickup featuring cross conveyor allows the tractor to run alongside the swath, rather than over it. This, says the firm, means swaths can be larger, matching the high capacity appetite of the forager. As an option, rather than a transfer belt, an auger can be specified to transfer the crop from the pickup to the chopping unit.
According to Kongskilde, minimum power requirement for a 1060 forager is about 120hp, while the larger 1460 needs at least 200hp. If a precision cut is required by the farmers, but staff is an issue, Metsjo says the foraging versions of its trailers offer an interesting alternative to forage harvesting, particularly logistics.
Metsjo’s Loa Ivarsson says; “The benefit is that you have a combined unit - forage harvester and hook-lifter/trailer - requiring only one man to do the complete job to get the forage home. With the combination, you still have the possibility to blow forage to a trailer to the side or use the hook-lifter functionality to switch container to a truck, hence you can have increased logistical efficiency and only depend on one man.
“Compared to a forage wagon, by using a hook-lift version, you can keep a truck transporting the crop, while the forager can continue in the field.”
Without the forging unit, the company says its moving floor trailers are ideal for discharging loads in low buildings, and remain more stable on uneven surfaces when unloading compared to tipper trailers. Various axles can be specified including pendulum bogie axles or separate suspended axles. Other trailer/body types are also available including tipper types.
Both the trailers and forage/trailers are available in the UK now, with Metsjo taking direct inquiries. The forage/trailer combinations price depends on the volume to be foraged and loaded, says the manufacturer, but starts from about £70,000. For performance near to that of a self-propelled harvester, this would increase to approximately £119,000, it adds.