Pottinger has pulled the wraps off a new high-output trailed tedder that has the potential to cover serious ground.
The HIT 16.18 T carries 16 rotors across its 17m working width and comes with a nifty system to simplify headland turns.
Liftmatic Plus uses a double hydraulic cylinder to move the rotors into a horizontal position prior to raising them, preventing the tines from scraping and penetrating the ground. This should significantly reduce forage contamination and also avoids putting undue pressure on the tines that would otherwise affect their longevity.
For fenceline tedding, the two outermost rotors can be hydraulically folded backwards by 15deg to distribute the forage over the mown area without forming a swath. This results in a cleared strip bordering the neighbouring crop or hedge.
The rotors have a 1.42m diameter with six swept arms that pull the tines – a design that Pottinger says handles the crop more delicately. Offset tine lengths apparently improve tedding quality, too.
Two large chassis wheels close to the leading arc of the tines act as oversized jockey wheels to guide the rotors over ground undulations, and each frame section element moves independently to track contours.