Efficient wheel rakes
Vermeer introduces high-capacity hay rakes, with a new wheel called the DuraBull. The company claims the new DuraBulls, featuring heavy-gauge, camber-style twin raking teeth, are strong and long lasting. An extended outer rim is positioned close to the outside tip of the tines to increase overall strength and performance. This design also allows the camber tooth to flex and torque without breaking. The same wheel may be mounted on either the left or right side of the rake.
The WRX wheel rakes come in 12- and 14-wheel configurations and are built with 5- × 5-in. frame construction. Windrow widths are adjustable from 3 to 6 ft. A hydraulic lift and fold/unfold system make transport from field to field easy. Suggested retail price of the 12-wheel WRX wheel rake is $8,859. Circle 204.
Vermeer also expands the Gator Mower series with a small, 3-pt.-mounted, disc-style cutter designed for low-horsepower tractors. The 5030 Gator Mower cuts a 6 ft. 9 in.-wide swath with a minimum 45-hp tractor. One auxiliary single-acting hydraulic remote is required. Cutting height may be set between 1¼ to 2½ in. with an option to go to 3⅞ in. Five heavy cutting discs handle tough mowing conditions. The new compact mower retails for $6,754.
Heavy cutting with low power
Lely's redesigned Splendimo mower-conditioner, the 321 PCN, features heavy cutting with low power requirements. The new model is designed to easily follow ground contours and provide an even mowing pattern. The Splendimo 321 PCN operates on the right side of the tractor and cuts a 10½-ft. swath with only 65 hp. The company reports that the compact design of the mower-conditioner with a modular cutterbar design allows this low power requirement. The mower discs are directly driven by a high-speed hexagonal shaft that reduces power loss.
The mower-conditioner also features quick and easy coupling to the tractor with a very short drawbar. Lely claims the implement leaves a light, open, airy windrow, producing high-quality silage.
Manufactured in The Netherlands, the mower-conditioner retails for $15,400. Contact Lely USA, Dept. FIN, Box 1060, Wilson, NC 27894-1060, 252/291-7050, visit www.Lely.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.
Disc mowers from the U.K.
Kuhn is introducing a new disc mower line for large working widths and fast speeds to the U.S. market. Previously available only in Europe, the mowers are equipped with Kuhn's GMD 102 lift control and non-stop safety breakback features. The lift control is an exclusive hydro-pneumatic suspension system that lets the operator easily adapt the machine ground pressure to the field conditions. Over irregular fields, the system maintains nearly constant ground pressure so the mower perfectly follows ground contours, according to Kuhn.
The lift control system also doubles as a non-stop safety breakback. When an obstacle is hit, the system causes the mowing unit to swing to the rear and reduce cutterbar ground pressure, which lifts the cutterbar over the obstacle. The unit then swings back into working position without stopping the tractor's progress.
The GMD 902 model shown retails for $11,950 and provides an 11 ft. 7 in. working width. Front-mounted models also are available. For more information about products from this United Kingdom manufacturer, contact Kuhn Farm Machinery Inc., Dept. FIN, 5390 E. Seneca St., Vernon, NY 13476-0840, 315/829-2620, visit www.kuhn-usa.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.
Simple windrow adjustment
A new line of pull-type hay rakes from the Italian manufacturer Tonutti features the ability to easily change windrow width and reduce transport width. The Millennium rakes require just a simple registration of the last two rake wheels to set windrow width. The operator does not need to unscrew and tighten bolts, slide rear cross-frame members or make mechanical adjustments. Because of the unique windrow adjustment design, the rake is now built with a rigid rear frame that provides stability in the field.
The other key advantage of the new rakes is their narrow transport width. The last two rake wheels are mounted on the back of the rear frame and may be completely folded during transport. This reduces the length of the side frames by 3 ft. 4 in. In addition, Tonutti built the new line of rakes with a heavy-duty 6- × 8-in. mainframe. It comes in three widths: 16, 18 and 20 wheels. The 16-wheel model provides 31 ft. 4 in. of working width and retails for $13,600. The 20-wheel rake has 38 ft. 8 in. of working width and retails for $14,800.
Tonutti also is manufacturing a new wider model in the hay tedder series. The new GT 660 hay tedder boasts a working width of 22 ft., compared with the company's previous largest width of 18 ft. The tedder comes standard with a transport cart and retails for $10,000.
For more information about Tonutti products, contact the company's U.S. facility: S&T Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, 1909 Thomas Rd., Memphis, TN 38134, 901/385-8841, or visit www.s-t-dist.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.