A thriving hay business has spawned plenty of new equipment for hay growers to purchase. From large hay rakes to small balers and mowers, growers will find something to fit any field, tractor or farm operation. Some hay equipment has gone high-tech with the ability to report exact bale weights per field. Check out some of the new hay implements recently introduced to the market.
Auto-stack, self-propelled bale wagons
New Holland introduces two automatic bale wagons that are self-propelled and stack hay. The BW28 features a long frame and load rack for loading several sizes of two-tie and three-tie bales. The BW38 model is designed for three-bale-wide stacks of 14- × 18-in. or 16- × 18-in. bales. The bale wagon is controlled from the Stack Command control system with a large digital display in the cab. The BW28 retails for $124,425, and the BW38 retails for $121,195.
Small is big
AGCO introduces several new Massey Ferguson hay implements that are geared to small hay fields and tractors. The new implements include rakes, tedders, balers, disc mowers and mower conditioners that all work on compact and midsized tractors with 60 PTO hp or less. AGCO emphasizes that although the implements are small in size, they are not small in quality. The company says the implements are built to the same high-quality standards as Massey Ferguson tractors and harvest equipment.
The Massey Ferguson baler line includes round bale model MF1734 that produces a 39-in.-wide bale weighing up to 550 lbs. and the MF1744 with a 47-in.-wide bale weighing up to 1,000 lbs. Both balers are direct feed, open-throat design. The 1734 is a no-frills baler, while the 1744 is loaded with big baler features and options. Prices range from $10,166 to $14,896.
The in-line design of the new square bale model MF1835 makes it ideal for small fields and narrow gates. This design allows the baler and any wagon to be towed in a straight line. The MF1835 produces bales from 12 to 52 in. long. Prices range from $15,160 to $21,117. Circle 207.
The new rakes and tedders are built small but durable and require tractors with only 30 hp or less. The eight-wheel MF1508 rakes 18- to 20-ft. widths, the 10-wheel MF1510 rakes 20- to 22-ft. widths and the 12-wheel MF1512 rakes 22- to 24-ft. widths. The hay tedders will fluff the windrows when drying is needed. The MF1610 has a working width of 9 ft. 2 in., and the MF1617 works a width of 17 ft. 6 in. Prices range from $1,841 to $4,331. Circle 208.
Massey Ferguson's new disc mowers and mower conditioners are designed to work in many field conditions. The disc mowers will cut hay that is upright or matted, bud stage or rank. They vary in cutting widths from 5 ft. 6 in. to 10 ft. 4 in. Twin knife discs boast a tip speed of 175 mph that provides a smooth cut. Prices for the five new models range from $6,215 to $9,543. Circle 209.
The mower conditioners include two sickle models and one disc model. The MF1457 sickle model cuts a swath of 7 ft. 3 in., and the MF1459 cuts 9 ft. 3 in. The conditioners with fully engaged rubber-on-steel rolls are designed to crimp, not crush, the crop, according to Massey Ferguson. The disc mower model MF1339 is designed for heavier crop and rougher field conditions. Prices for the three models range from $11,722 to $18,126. Circle 210.
Bales for transport
The Quadrant 2100 from Claas of America produces dense, neat square bales that keep shape during transport. The new baler features a power feed system that smooths out the windrow before it enters the baler chamber and evens out the crop flow. The midsized baler picks up a swath 6 ft. 11 in. wide. The Claas Communicator control system helps the operator monitor the baling process from the tractor. Bale size, bale density and pickup lift may be adjusted from the Communicator. Prices start at $54,985.
Smart hay implements
Hesston is coming to the market with new “smart implement” control systems that tie into AGCO's Fieldstar DataTouch terminals and the Fendt Vario color terminals. From the terminals, an operator is able to monitor and adjust up to 22 baler functions from plunger load to bale drop. Plus, the terminals will record and display bale production by field, customer or year. The new CANbus system and interface will be standard equipment on all 4760, 4790 and 4910 balers this year. Circle 212.
Hesston also introduces an economical, midsized baler with many features of an automatic baler. The 745 baler has an open-throat, vertical bale chamber that is common to all Hesston round balers. Two balanced density cylinders produce high-quality 4-ft.-wide bales up to 5 ft. in diameter. The baler requires only 40 PTO hp. Prices for the baler range from $10,750 to $12,500. Circle 213.
The new Dominator rake from Tonutti boasts a unique windrow adjustment that allows a fixed rear frame. As a result, the rake is much stronger than some jumbo rakes that require a rear-frame adjustment for windrow width. This large rake comes in three sizes ranging from a cutting width of 21 ft. 8 in. for the V10 model to 28 ft. 4 in. for the V14 (shown). The Dominator folds into a transport width of 8 ft. 2 in. Prices of the rakes range from $9,000 to $11,000.
For more information about the Italian brand Tonutti, contact the company's U.S. facility: S&T Distributing, Dept. FIN, 1909 Thomas Rd., Memphis, TN 38134, 901/385-8841, visit www.s-t-dist.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin, or circle 214.
Wide raking, narrow transport
The new single-rotor rake from Miller Pro handles an impressive 15½-ft. width and then folds up to just 8 ft. 3 in. for transport. The model 1350 is the company's largest single-rotor rake. The design of the 13-arm gearbox ensures support for handling high-volume raking. The point of discharge for the crop is easily adjusted with a cam adjustment lever. Price: $8,675.
Vermeer claims its new trailed DiscPro rotary mowers with rubber torsion suspension systems provide better field flotation than 3-pt. mowers do. The TM7 and TM8 mowers feature easy hookup and standard hydraulic swing cylinders for maneuvering around obstacles in the field. The TM7 model is equipped with seven discs, cuts a 9-ft. 2-in. swath and retails for $11,586. The TM8 model has eight discs and a cutting width of 10 ft. 6 in. and retails for $13,241.