31 May 1996

Taking bumps out of mowing

MOWER firms are putting more effort into making their wide-working trailed machines run more smoothly over undulating silage fields.

Kuhn has adopted air suspension for its new 3.5m (11ft 6in) FC3500Y mower conditioner, while for the Vicon KMT, Green-land has gone for an overhead frame design with the disc mower deck and conditioner assembly suspended by links and coil springs.

Both designs aim to allow fast operating speeds, while cutting tight to the ground, and without humps and bumps damaging or unsettling the machine.

The four-model Vicon KMT disc mowers – 2.4m (7ft 10in) to 3.2m (10ft 6in) – use the same chassis as the 2.6m (8ft 6in) and 3m (9ft 10in) PZ CM drum mowers introduced in 95. This high-lift design gives swath clearance at headlands, while the central links and coil suspension allow pivoting movement in both planes. &#42

The Vicon KMT disc mower in action.