1984 - Volume #8, Issue #6, Page #26[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
1. Developed by the P.Z. Sweegers Co., of Holland, and now being marketed by Vermeer under a licensing agreement, it's pto-driven and operates two ways. To open fields, it operates behind a turned-around conventional tractor, which is driven in reverse. After opening the field, you unhook, turn the tractor around, then swing the chopper head and rehook the pto shaft for operation along the right side of the tractor.
2. There is a separate nine-blade "flywheel" chopper for each row, an exclusive feature which makes the model 160 one of the most efficient on the market for fuel economy and low horsepower requirement, according to Lyle Borg, Vermeer's sales manager. "An 80 hp tractor will handle it easily. However, if you want more capacity, you can hook it to a bigger tractor," says Borg.
3. The new 160 has fewer moving parts ù including no gathering chains or sprockets, making it easier to maintain and service. "
The new-style chopper is strictly for row crop corn or sorghum and isn't available with a grass or hay head. Row spacing is 30 in. but, with optional stalk guides, it will efficiently harvest slightly wider or narrower rows, says Borg.
"Another attractive feature is it's price tag," adds Borg. "It retails for right at $10,000, which makes it one of the most competitive two-row choppers on the market."
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Vermeer Mfg., Box 200, Pella, Iowa 50219 (ph 515 628-3141).
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