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New Generation Of Rotary Disc Mowers
"It's the most advanced rotary disc mower yet. We think it sets the standard for everyone else to follow," says Jeremy Coleclough, managing director of Opico Ltd., manufacturer of a new rotary disc mower that mounts discs on individually floating arms, each of which has its own drive components and separate shock absorber.
Most rotary disc mowers mount discs in a row on a solid bar that contains a long row of drive gears. "When one of the gears breaks down, the entire cutterbar must be disassembled. Since each module is individually-mounted on our machine, service and maintenance can be carried out in the field with a minimum of effort," says Coleclough.
Each cutting arm contains an enclosed drive shaft that is powered by a central shaft that runs through the base of all units. A shock absorber on each unit allows them to float over uneven ground or obstacles in the field.
Above and behind the two-bladed cutting heads is a large conditioning roller fitted with pairs of reversible tines that gently pick up and condition the crop. More tines can be added in crops where a greater degree of conditioning is required.
Coleclough says the new mower design requires about 30% more horsepower than conventional disc mowers. The 12-ft. mower sells for about $14,000 and 7-ft. and 9-ft.versions are also available.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jeremy Coleclough, Opico Ltd., South Road, Bourne, Lincs, England PE10 9LG (ph 0778 421111).

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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #5