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Stubble Shredder Spreads Residue Better
Existing flail mowers cut stubble too cleanly and don’t solve a parasite problem. Major Equipment International’s newly designed Cyclone Shredder bridges the gap between conventional batwing mowers and flail shredders, ridding stubble of the pest and leaving behind evenly spread material.
Eoin Murphy, export sales manager and Major Equipment co-owner, says the product and blade system has been refined over the last 10 years with blade options available depending on customer crops. The equipment has become popular with cotton, vegetable and orchard farmers.
“Blades act like a household blender,” says Murphy. “They’re produced from 2/5-in. sprung steel and ground edged parallel hardened and tempered. They have an overlap of 2 1/2 in. to eliminate windrowing and are small diameter so there’s less stress and power required.”
The 20-ft. model features nine rotor systems totaling 36 blades, requiring only 140 hp. to drive. A similar-sized flail mower would need significantly more horsepower.
“The cutting heads of four blades per rotor deliver powerful mulching,” Murphy says. “Each rotor is driven by its own gearbox without any belts or pulleys. It provides consistency of cut, even in the most challenging conditions. Sections are fitted with 1 1/2-in. rubber couplings, to absorb shocks and protect gearboxes.”
Rotor head systems are equipped with a high tensile bushing assembly to allow pivoting. Blades are designed to move out and upwards from impact zones above a Hardox® 450 abrasion-resistant steel disc.
The Cyclone Shredder is manufactured in Ireland by Major Equipment Intl. Ltd., a family business in operation since 1976.
Five models ranging in size from the MJ31-280 to the MJ30-920 deliver cutting widths of 10 to 31 ft. and are available in the U.S. through their sales networks.
Murphy recommends contacting a local dealer for pricing and shipping details.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Eoin Murphy, Major Equipment Intl., Ltd., Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo, F35 C891, Ireland (ph 353 (0) 9496 30572; info@major-usa.com; www.major-usa.com).

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