Ten units of a self-propelled merger – the first of its kind – will be available for sale in the U.S. this year. With front-mounted pickup heads, the 34’ Oxbo 4334 offers improved forage quality by never running over the crop, according to Oxbo International Corp. The innovative design brings a high level of maneuverability and productivity to the field.
“We brought the first self-propelled forage merger to the market because the industry is demanding higher-quality forage and more productivity, along with improved operator control and comfort,” says Doug Ahrens, Oxbo forage product manager. “The 4334 delivers the unique option of achieving the benefits of hay-in-a-day harvesting without ever driving over cut crop.”
Tire-track crop damage is eliminated, and the self-propelled's pickup fingers easily get the entire crop, according to company literature.
The machine offers fingertip controls for on-the-go adjustment with the ability to raise, lower, fold and unfold heads with a well-positioned joystick and easy-to-use controls. It sports a 30-mph road speed and pickup heads fold to a 10' transport width in less than 20 seconds.
The same patented continuous pickup and crop flow used in Oxbo's tow-behind models has been incorporated into the 4334. Gentle crop handling, fewer rocks in the windrows, an innovative header float system and flexibility over uneven terrain and terraces all contribute to improved productivity and crop quality.
The merger will be demonstrated at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, July 12-14. For more information, visit www.oxbocorp.com or an Oxbo dealer.