31 March 2000

Trailed mower aims to cut cost & up output

A RANGE of trailed mower conditioners designed to reduce operation costs and maximise forage harvester outputs has been introduced by Kverneland.

The Taarup TA 4000 series is available in 2.4m to 3.6m cutting widths, and can be fitted with a spreading device for distributing conditioned crop across the mowers full working width to speed up wilting.

Conditioned crop is channelled through angled spreading vanes under the conditioned hood – a process which eliminates the need for at least one tedding operation, according to Kverneland.

For maximising forage harvester outputs, top-end 4024, 4028 and 4032 mowers can be equipped with hydraulically-operated swath deflectors which serve to place two swaths together side by side.

Kverneland claims the swath deflectors can be adjusted accurately to minimise the risk of both tractor and mower conditioner treading on any of the cut crop.

For TA 40 and 32 centre pivot mowers, Kvernelands latest BX autoswather attachment is available. Collecting up to 6.4m of crop in one swath, the BX autoswather is designed to reduce spreading time and increase the capacity of following harvesting machinery. The autoswather can also be used to lay two swathes together, singularly, and, depending on crop conditions, two on top of each other in lighter second or third cuts. The TA 4000 series mower conditioners are priced from £10,325.