With the ScotGrass event taking place on May 18, we preview some of the machines which will be gracing the demo plots. James Rickard reports.
Massey Ferguson will be showcasing its new range of hay and forage equipment at ScotGrass. Built by sister Agco company, Fella, the line-up includes mowers, tedders and rakes, many of which will be on show for the first time in the UK, says the manufacturer.
Among the mowers on show at the event will be the front-mounted DM 306 FZ KC, a high-spec, six-disc mower with tine rotor conditioner, equipped with pull-type linkage and a working width of 3m.
Other mowers at work include the 3m wide, six-disc DM 306 TL KC, equipped with tine rotor conditioner and centre bed support, along with the DM 306 HS TR KC, a six-disc trailed mower with tine rotor conditioner and 3m working width. There will also be a DM 9314 TL KC mower conditioner combination, with a working width of 9.3m.
Visitors will also be able to view the firm’s four-rotor TD 524 DN tedder, equipped with three-point linkage with floating headstock and a working width of 5.2m, and the eight-rotor TD 868 DN, with a working width of 8.6m.
Among the MF rakes at ScotGrass will be the RK 662 TRC, a twin rotor machine with a working width of 5.8m to 6.6m. The flagship RK 1254 TRC HB rake will also be on show, a trailed four-rotor rake with a working width of 12.5m.
Working on Kuhn’s demo plot will be its latest fixed chamber round baler-wrapper combination, the FBP 3135. The baler is available with two different intake rotors; the OptiCut 14 or OptiCut 23, both with Hardox tines. Each version shares the same 2.30 m pick-up which features cam-track technology to improved contour following.
OptiCut 14 machines are fitted with 14 knives to provide a minimum cutting length of 70 mm. Group selection enables the knives to be used in five formations; 0, 4, 7, 7 or 14, to produce the desired chop length. OptiCut 23 variants offer a minimum cutting length of 45 mm, with its 23 knives used in a 0, 7, 11, 12 or 23 knife arrangements. Each knife is individually spring-protected against damage from foreign objects and a drop-floor intake system enables blockages to be cleared.
The FBP’s baling chamber consists of 18 rollers which produce round bales 1.25 m in diameter and 1.22 m in width. Net binding is available as standard, with twine binding available as an option.
For wrapping, the FBP uses vertically mounted film pre-stretchers to prevent grass being deposited between layers of film for a tighter, better sealed and more consistent finish, says Kuhn. The wrapping unit is also fitted as standard with a film break sensor, and can be specified with the company’s 3D wrapping system.
John Deere will be showing off its flagship, 845hp 8800i self-propelled forage harvester.
Topping out a six-model range, the 8800i features a feast of technology including the firm’s Active Fill Control for automated filling of trailers, JD’s GreenStar 2630 with touch screen display, and AutoTrac automatic steering with RowSense.
Each model in the range can also be equipped with the manufacturer’s HarvestLab system, a crop analysis and documentation system which uses constituent sensing to improve forage quality. In addition, the forager’s AutoLOC (automatic length of cut) feature allows the operator to pre-select the cutting length based on actual forage conditions.
Headers available include John Deere’s new 9 Series grass pick-ups. All Deere headers are automatically speed matched to the selected length of cut. Additional operator friendly features include a DuraDrum cutter head with reverse knife sharpening.
Among the machines on Krone’s demo plot will be the first public demonstration of its new BiG X 630 self propelled forager.
One of nine models in its forager range, the BiG X 630 is the largest powered BiG X with the narrow body and is powered by an MTU, 15.6-litrel, six cylinder engine. Power can be matched to crop yield using the firm’s PowerSplit feature which has two operating modes; Eco-Power 460hp and X-Power 596hp.
The BiG X 630 features the new MaxFlow chopping drum with a choice of 20, 28 or 36 knives providing a chop length ranging from 3mm to 31mm. The drum has twice the crop carrying capacity compared to its predecessor giving it a significant efficiency boost, says the manufacturer.
In addition, the StreamControl system adjusts the force of the crop flow, allowing it to be blown further.
Visitors to Scotgrass will be able to see the first working demonstration of the He-Va Sward Rejuvenator, launched last year at the Royal Welsh Show by Opico.
The Sward Rejuvenator, once fitted with the firm’s Air 8 grass seeder, can be used to rejuvenate tired grassland and/or reseed cultivated land with just one pass, says the manufacturer. Minus the seeder, it can be used for harrowing swards to remove trash and stimulate grass growth, and will also level out molehills.
The machine consists of an aggressive shatter board with slicing plates, two rows of heavy duty harrow tines and a serrated roller. With a seeder attached, the slicing plates and harrow tines break up and level the soil surface in front of the grass seed outlets, and the soil is then firmed behind by the Prisma roller.
Sward Rejuvenator has a 3m working width and is available as a mounted machine retailing from £11,620 plus VAT, or as a trailed model from £12,987 plus VAT (seeder not included).
Claas has further extended the availability of its new Max Cut disc bed with the addition of six new disc mower models, one of which it claims, the Disco 1100C Business, is the widest mounted mower conditioner combination on the market with a maximum working width of 10.30m.
The two rear mower units on the Disco 1100C Business are mounted on telescopic arms and allow the working width to be altered from 9.40m up to 10.30m, when used in combination with a 3.00m-wide Disco 3200 Profil front mower.
Standard specification includes a non-stop hydraulic breakback protection system, adjustable mower bed suspension, hydraulically folding protective covers and disc speed monitoring.
At the other end of the Claas mower range, the new Disco 3150 and 2750 models have working widths of 3.00m and 2.60m respectively, are fully mounted and available either as a plain cut mower or with a metal-tined conditioner. In addition, a trailed mower/conditioner version of the Disco 3150 is also available.
For simplicity, the mowers use a spring suspension system to follow ground contours. The mowers can also be fitted with wear skids or high-cut skids for topping which are 30mm high.
Ranging from 476 to 775hp, New Holland has updated its five-model self propelled forager range, now badged FR Forager Cruiser.
All models now get FPT power, and all but the flagship model meet Stage 4 emissions standards through the use of SCR technology and AdBlue.
A new standard Eco mode setting is designed to reduce fuel consumption in field conditions where it is not possible to load the engine fully, for example when harvesting low yield crops.
In addition, a new feature called PowerCruise can be used to maximises productivity by continually monitoring the power required and adapts the forward speed of the forager to reach the highest possible work rate.
For the operator, many features from the CR combine cab have migrated onto the FR including a fresh look, a single control strategy and improved comfort.