Start “tire-kicking” the newest forage equipment
The latest in forage-handling and processing equipment is ready for growers to inspect and use this spring. Twelve hay and forage machinery companies offer the following 19 introductions. For more information, circle the appropriate numbers on the card on page 27. Or log on to freeproductinfo.net/hfg.
The BiG X 1100 forage harvester has 1,031 hp, making it the most powerful forage harvester on the market, according to Krone North America. The machine features a MAN engine able to reduce fuel consumption-per-ton-harvested by 5%. Its newly designed crop-flow system, called VariStream, adapts the cross section of crop flow as crop volume varies. That allows the machine to maintain high output levels while reducing the risk of blockages.
Forage Harvester Corn Head
The Orbis 635 Forage Harvester Corn Head from Claas of America boasts a 21’ harvest width and chops eight 30”- or seven 38”-rows. It has self-sharpening, carbide-coated knives and large-diameter gathering discs.
Utility Round Baler
New Holland’s Roll-Belt 450 utility round baler features the company’s proven Roll-Belt performance with an economy price tag for small-acreage farmers. The Roll-Belt 450 makes dense, weather-resistant,
4 x 5’ round bales and only requires a 40-hp tractor. The baler’s wide SuperSweep pickup uses curved tines to gather and feed crop into the baler. It even picks up the fines that other balers miss.
Rotary Disc Windrower
MacDon Industries’ M205 Rotary Disc Windrower with R85 Rotary Disc Header comes in 16’ and 13’ models. The windrower and header mark a significant upgrade from their predecessors, the M200 and R80. The M205’s Cummins turbo diesel engine (220 hp at a rated 2,220 rpm) automatically power boosts to 230 hp in heavy crop conditions. It can run draper headers up to 40’; is fuel-efficient; and with MacDon’s Intermediate Speed Control (ISC) engaged, optimally matches one of three engine speeds to harvesting conditions.
Circle 104, call 816-891-7313 or visit www.macdon.com or or freeproductinfo.net/hfg.
Self-Propelled Windrower Heads
Durabine 416 and 419 disc heads boost productivity of New Holland’s high-capacity, Speedrower self-propelled windrowers. Durabine 419 offers the widest cut in the industry – 19’4”, according to the company. Designed for high-acreage, high-volume operations, the heavy-duty heads provide clean, uniform cutting and better crop flow to produce quick-drying, evenly distributed swaths or windrows. They have 12 high-speed counter-rotating discs and are available with rubber or steel chevron rolls.
Claas of America’s Disco 3900 swing-tongue mower-conditioner has a 12’6” cutting width featuring its Quick Knife release system. The 1,000-rpm pto machine has a patented hydraulic float design.
Side-Pull Disc Mower-Conditioner
The all-new Hesston 1363 10’ side-pull disc mower-conditioner by Massey Ferguson features its heavy-duty RazorBar cutterbar, steel-on-steel or rubber-on-rubber conditioner rollers and a strong overhead frame. The machine easily cuts through thick, heavy hay while conditioning it to deliver optimum quality. The RazorBar cutterbar features a cast iron spur gear design for a thinner cutter profile to provide a closer cut and reduce scalping.
Trailed Disc Mower
The GMD 3150 TL has been added to the Kuhn North America trailed disc mower line (GMD 4050 TL is pictured), cutting more acres per hour and offering simple adjustments, low maintenance and dependable cutting. The mower requires a smaller-horsepower tractor than similar-sized, fully mounted mowers. It has a 10’2” working width and can cut at speeds as high as 10 miles per hour to efficiently mow hay at a rate of up to 126 acres per day.
Heavy-Duty Bale Carriers
The 16K Plus Bale Runner for large square bales now available from ProAG, a brand of Morris Industries, picks up two bales per loader cycle and unloads the entire load at once. The bale carrier can handle 6.5’- to 8.5’-long bales, has a loader lift capacity of 4,500 lbs and a maximum load capacity of 18,000 lbs. It also can handle biomass material.
The machine will pick up and stack – wet or dry – up to eighteen 3 x 3’ bales, twelve 3 x 4’ bales or eight 4 x 4’ bales per load.
Twin-Rotor Swing-Frame Rake
The GA 9032 is Kuhn North America’s largest twin-rotor, swing-frame rake. It features two Generation III, 13’-diameter, 15-tine arm rotors for a working width of 21’, providing increased ruggedness and durability to meet the demands of increasing yields, raking speeds and larger windrow sizes. The rake can form one large single windrow or two separate windrows, making it more versatile to match the broadest range of conditions on a variety of operations, according to the company.
Carted Wheel Rake
The VR 1224 adds a 12-wheel model, now available to an expanded geography, to Vermeer’s VR carted wheel rake series. Its windrow width easily adjusts to conveniently fit a baler’s intake, while the patented rubber torsion suspension ensures clean hay and extended tooth life. The uniquely designed center splitter attachment helps balance windrow moisture content and improves drydown. Single- or double-sided raking is quick, convenient and easy.
PhiBer Manufacturing, Crystal City, Manitoba, has made it possible to mount a North American-built cutting header on the front of a tractor for the 2011 season.
The Front Toolbar frame will accept either New Holland or MacDon branded headers in either disc or sickle configurations. This allows operators to convert pull-type mower-conditioners into a push-pull machine that will cut up to 36’ in one pass.
Triple Cutter Toolbar
The Triple Cutter Toolbar, now available from PhiBer Manufacturing, Crystal City, Manitoba, allows one operator to cut up to 54’ in one pass. It was designed to take three North American-built headers – New Holland or MacDon models – and put them on one tractor for maximum efficiency.
The toolbar accepts discs or sickles in 16’ or 18’ header widths and uses front and rear three-point hitches and tractor pto.
Round Bale Carrier
The ProAg 900 Hay Hiker round bale carrier was designed with a heavy-duty loading arm; a gross vehicle weight of 19,000 lbs; and heavy-duty axles, hubs, tires and springs. The labor-saving carrier can pick up twelve 4’-diameter bales or eight of the 5’- or 6’-diameter bales on the go in a single pass.
The bale can be approached at almost any direction, turned and loaded in one motion, from the same side of the machine. Chains never come in contact with the bale twine or net wrap. Its load capacity weight is 13,623 lbs.
The Hauser Built 3412 HD Stack Retriever handles twelve 3 x 4’ big bales stacked six high. The machine features three 5” bed tilt rams and three bed pivot pins. The adjustable rack has 72” of travel, featuring a pivoting top clamp.
Other features on the machine include solid-steel back clamps, heavy-duty hydraulic hoses with tagged part numbers, integrated hydraulic tank and optional soft start electric-over-hydraulic controls.
Semi-Trailer Forage Box
The Top Dog 36’ semi-trailer forage box was designed and manufactured by H&S Manufacturing. It boasts a large, 2,045-cu ft, 16-gauge stainless-steel-sided forage box with a dual hydraulic motor system. Its strong, open-barrel pintle chain, with 2 x 1 x 3/16” formed apron channels for apron cross bars, unloads heavy loads.
Standard features include 25,000-lb axles, LED lighting and customer name.
Tri-Axle Rear Unload Forage Box
Meyer Manufacturing’s Boss series forage box now comes with a tri-axle steerable trailer. Units are available in 30’ and 36’ lengths to use with high-horsepower row-crop or articulating tractors.
Standard features include a spring suspension, an HD tubular frame, front and rear self-steering and hydraulic brakes. The unit is a commercial-grade box with a dual hydraulic drive, solid poly floor, stainless-steel sides and rear gate delay. Options include side extensions, barn doors, tarp packages, grain kits and more. The tri-axle works great when traction, floatation and maneuverability are important or when an operator wants to utilize large-frame tractors rather than trucks, according to the company.
New Holland’s HydraBox hydraulic-push box spreaders, built for simplicity, easy maintenance, and productive performance, are ideal for solid and semi-solid materials. The fast-unloading hydraulic push discharge spreads a large volume of material quickly while providing a smooth, uniform spread pattern. The spreaders feature a staggered, twin-cylinder pushing system with vertical beaters to topdress active hayfields or prepare for no-till planting.
The staggered cylinders provide a shorter tongue length for better maneuverability in tight barnyards, feedlot pens, and end-of-row turns.
New Holland DuraTank side-delivery spreaders feature a right-side discharge and handle a variety of material, including sand-laden slurry, pen pack, biosolids and poultry litter. The overshot expeller provides a fine spread pattern with precise application control – from light topdressing to heavy spreading – for optimal utilization of nutrients.