All articles about Rakes and mergers

A well set-up rake or merger swaths grass without contamination; read our hands-on tips for the top machines from Claas, Fella, Fendt, John Deere, Krone, Kubota, Kuhn, Kverneland, Massey Ferguson, McHale, Pottinger and Vicon – from twin-rotor rakes to the biggest four- and six-rotor rakes, plus front- and rear-mounted mergers.

Advice and tips

Buyers guide: Second-hand four-rotor rakes

The challenge of keeping the latest high-capacity foragers fed in lighter cuts of grass has forced many farmers and contractors to switch to four-rotor rakes. Over the years, various manufacturers…

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Case studies


Front-mounted Agronic rake increases output for contractor

Burning less diesel and clocking fewer hours by completing two field passes at once might sound like a dream setup, yet one machine that can make that possible – Agronic’s…


Pottinger rake skid ups forage quality for Gloucs farmer

Punctures are a pain at the best of times and, after his old 7.5m Lely twin-rotor rake tallied 18 of them in a single season, Cotswold farmer Simon Best decided…

Driver's view: Simon Sturrock's Kverneland 9590 9m rake

Simon Sturrock and Dilwyn Owen run Sturrock and Owen forage wagon contractors, based in Caernarfon, north Wales. The busy firm uses a pair of Pottinger forage wagons and, a few…

Driver’s view: Dick Barnes’ Kuhn Merge Maxx 950

Kuhn's Merge Maxx burst onto the scene at Agritechnica 2017, offering farmers an alternative method for rowing up crops in front of foragers and balers. One of the first to…

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Grass merger options grow as farmers seek rake alternative

With the promise of cleaner grass gathering and higher work rates, belt mergers are gaining favour for high-quality silage making. We delve into the details of the different machines available.…

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Lamma 2024: Samasz unveils keenly-priced 9m merger

Polish maker Samasz is muscling in on the grass merger market with a 9m model that undercuts its competition on price, in some cases by a five-figure sum. The MRG…


Lightweight R8 Compact joins Reiter Respiro merger range

Reiter has slimmed down its merger design for the latest Respiro R8 Compact, with a new chassis and shorter linkage being the primary contributors to a substantial 30% weight saving…


Kuhn four-rotor rakes go high-tech with GPS section control

Kuhn has ramped up the level of technology offered on its high-capacity four-rotor rakes, adding features such as hydraulic drive, hydraulic suspension and GPS section control. The updates apply to…


Four-rotor Krone Swadro TC 1570 rake steps up performance

Krone is pushing the boundaries of four-rotor grass rake performance with the new Swadro TC 1570, which provides a step up in output from the 13.7m TC 1370 with up…

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Video: Abimac front rake helps solve contractor’s labour short...

A North Yorkshire farmer is running an Italian-built front-mounted rake combined with a baler on the rear to make his rowing and baling operation a one-pass affair, curbing the reliance…

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