Owners of trailed Grimme GT170 harvesters are now able to retrofit a Scotts windrower in place of the standard elevator, helping to extend the life of older machines and lengthen the harvest window.
Windrowing opens up field breaks to avoid the “nipping” of rows and helps clear headlands to make space for following trailers and harvesters.
Scotts’ setup features a 5.3m-long conveyor, which is enough to bring six 90cm rows of potatoes into one. It consists of five sections and has a self-cleaning 790mm-wide PVC web.
Unloading can take place from either side and drop height is managed by a pair of hydraulic rams at each end to lower the conveyor’s tip closer to the ground.
Handily, the controls for the windrower link to the Grimme in-cab box, with tip ends controlled by the original swan-neck up/down switch and the conveyor driven by the existing elevator web drive.
The add-on costs £20,000 and comes fully assembled with hydraulic hoses and cables for linking straight onto the donor harvester. It also folds within legal limits for road transport and can be fitted by the harvester owner or Lincolnshire-based Scotts.