21 March 1997

Swather works greater width

A WIDER working width, bigger rear doors and a heavier duty transmission feature on the 1997 Dowdeswell swather.

Most notable of these changes has to be the increase in working width, from 1.5m (59in) to 1.7m (67in), which now enables the machine to gather more cut grass and leave a swath of greater volume. This better matches the intake potential of modern foragers, Dowdeswell says.

To cope with the wider width and hence extra crop bulk, the firm has also deepened the rear doors by 100mm (4in) to maintain final swath shape.

Other changes for 97 include repositioning of the tine bars to reduce driveline loading, a friction clutch on the pto input shaft and ribbed rather than studded pattern tyres.

Priced at £2886, the Swather 170 has a power requirement of 30-65hp.n