Claas has added smaller models to its Volto tedder and Liner rake ranges, making them suitable for farms still keen to run their own machinery and maintain control over part of their silage and haymaking.
The new four-rotor Volto 55 has a working width of 5.2m and can spread two swaths from a 3m mower. Its Max Spread system uses tines angled by 29deg to produce a longer sweep, collect more crop and encourage the material to flow between the rotors in a straight line to reduce crop damage.
Claas says the end result of this is a wider and more even spread pattern with fewer lumps and quicker drying.
The drive system incorporates a finger clutch at the pivot points that allows the arms to be folded hydraulically by up to 180deg for transport.
Each of the 1.5m diameter rotors is fitted with six 10.5mm tines and the spreading angle can be adjusted by between 12deg and 16deg without needing tools.
The starting price is £7,610 and options include a guide wheel and edge-spreading guard.
Elsewhere, the new single-rotor Liner 320 completes the company’s range of compact rakes and has a working width of 3.2m.
As with larger Liner models, the rotor drive is completely sealed and continuously lubricated. The rotor is fitted with eight tine arms, each with three 9mm diameter spring tines that are clamped in place using a cotter pin.
Working height is adjusted using a lockable hand crank and, as standard, it’s carried on a single axle fitted with 16/6.5-8 tyres. A tandem axle is available as an option.