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Prototype Stubble Cutter
Shelbourne Reynolds, manufacturer of the stripper header, unveiled a prototype stubble cutter at the recent Big Iron Show in Fargo, N. Dak.
The U.K.-based company says the new machine is designed to cut down standing stubble left after harvest with the stripper header. It expects to build a number of test units to sell in North America next year.
As introduced at the show, the 60-ft. hydraulic-fold pull-type stubble cutter is powered by a 35 hp gas engine, center-mounted on a cart fitted with a pair of dual 700 by 15-in. tires. The engine drives three sickle bars separated horizontally by up to 11 in.
It cuts stubble into 7-in. pieces, leaving as little as 5 in. of stubble standing.
The unit, which is fitted with two 20575R by 14-in. tires on each wing and folds to 92 in. for transport, can be pulled by a 100 hp tractor. Operating at speeds of up to 7 mph, it'll cut 40 acres per hour, the company says.
Early models will be available with one, two or three sickles and in both hydraulic and pto-driven models. They'll be designed to cut stubble into 7, 9 and 11-in. pieces.
Price was unavailable at press time.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Shelbourne Reynolds Inc., P.O. Box 607, Colby, Kan. 67701 (ph 913 462-6299; fax 6761) or Myron Bjornstad, P.O. Box 9101, Fargo, N. Dak. 58106 (ph 218 790-7061).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #6