Austrian maker Pottinger had its new Eurohit 100 tedders and a range of big Jumbo Combiline forage wagons on show, but this Novacat V10 mower combination was pretty impressive too.
Most tractor-mounted triple mower set-ups struggle to get much wider than about 8.8m, but the V10 can be set to mow at widths from 8.76m to 10m by using an unusual hydraulic width adjustment system to move the two rear 3.5m rear mower units in and out. With full ISOBUS compatability, it’s likely to make a good GPS-guided unit, especially for contractors.
Cost is £33,465.
Claas‘s new Jaguar 980 self-propelled forage harvester didn’t take long to gobble up its plot at Grassland 2006.
With two 415hp Mercedes engines totalling 830hp (connected by a belt drive to absorb vibration from any imbalance between the them), a new design of chopping cylinder blade, a variable tyre pressure system and a new auto spout control system, high workrates are the order of the day.
There’s a slightly smaller model, the Jaguar 730, with two 365hp power units.
Claas was also showing off the Quadrant 3200 big square baler, which replaces the Quadrant 2220.
Main changes are the introduction of a new pre-chamber variable packing system (as seen on the bigger Quadrant 3400 model). Operators on the new model have the option in heavier crops of letting material go through to the main chamber on every second stroke, or in thinner crops to hold the crop back to increase compression.
The result, says the company, is better consistency and higher density.
Very much a contractor’s machine, this was the first UK showing of the 300hp Challenger TerraGator 2244 applications vehicle, here kitted out with a slurry injection kit.