1984 - Volume #8, Issue #5, Page #26[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
New Generation Of Rotary Disc Mowers
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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