Bendy front linkage helps mowers sweep around corners

Claas has introduced a hydraulic swivelling front linkage to help front-and-rear mower combinations avoid missing strips of grass when negotiating corners.

The clever linkage has been jointly developed with German company Sauter and the new hydraulic arms slot straight into the holes vacated by the tractor’s lower links.

They can be used with any type of mower, as no modifications are required on the implement side.

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Powered by a double-acting spool valve, the arms can swivel inwards on bends by up to 30cm or be used to compensate for the offset when working across hills.

On the road, there is a locking block and, when not in use, the arms can be folded up and fixed like a normal linkage.

Buyers can order the system as a factory fitment on Claas Axion 800 and 900 models, and Fendt’s 700, 800 and 900 series machines.

There is limited availability for 2020 – full supply will begin in 2021 – and installation requires a Claas dealer. No word on price yet, though.

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