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World's Fastest Mower Mows 10 Acres/Hour
"It's the fastest mower in the world," says Bill Anderson, Hastings, Neb., distributor for the Hay Boss, a new mower-conditioner recently introduced to the U.S. after three years on the market in Europe where it won the Silver Medal at the 1981 Royal Show in England.
Anderson says the Hay Boss can travel up to 15 mph, covering up to 10 acres per hour in heavy hay. He adds that the new machine is geared to farmers with large hay crops, or who also do some custom work, but it'll go anywhere smaller conventional mower-conditions will go.
The Hay Boss features two 5 ft. contra-rotating drums that cut a 10 ft. swath and are independently suspended to stay close to the ground in all conditions. Cutting height, controlled hydraulically, is from ground level to 14 in. high.
Each drum has six reversible, free-swinging knives that are easily replaced by removing one bolt per knife. The knives on each drum overlap slightly to ensure that all the hay is cut, but timed so the knives don't hit.
The conditioner for the Hay Boss is optional. It attaches to the mower frame and features nylon brushes that scratch the wax off the crop, allowing moisture to escape. "Tests show that hay conditioned in this manner requires 22% less drying time than hay conditioned with metal tine rotors, says Anderson. The conditioner can be left attached but locked out of position so cut hay isn't conditioned, if desired.
The mower, without the conditioner, weighs 3,395 lbs. The mower-conditioner combination requires an 80 hp tractor with a 1,000 rpm pto. Transport width is 9 ft.
Sells for right at $18,750, with the optional conditioner.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bill Anderson, Anderson Sales Co., P.O. Box 1346, Hastings, Neb. 68901 (ph 402 462-5060).


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1983 - Volume #7, Issue #5