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Prototype Electric Hay Tedder
In 2018, Frandent, an Italian agricultural equipment manufacturer, began a project to build the E-Spander 600, a completely electric hay tedder.
    The 3-pt. hitch-mounted machine with a working width that can be varied between 5 and 6 1/2 meters, is driven by electrical power supplied by a generator connected to the front of a tractor. The generator provides 700 volts to four individual rotor motors sitting atop the tedder.
    “The rotation speed of the engine is continuously adjustable from the tractor cab,” says Mondino Marco, Frandent’s Research and Development manager. “The distance between one rotor and the next is adjustable through 48-volt electric actuators.”
    He says this allows the operator to vary the crossing between adjacent rotors, maintaining the correct angle between the ground and the machine and optimizing the work for any type of grass or working condition.
    The E-Spander 600 will be produced at Frandent’s production plant in Osasco in the province of Turin, Northern Italy.
    “This machine is a first prototype on which we are carrying out several tests,” Marco says. “It’s difficult to say exactly when it will be ready for the commercial market, but it will be available in North America.”
    Interested customers are asked to contact Frandent directly through their website for more information.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mondino Marco, Frandent Group, Via Garzigliana, 37 - 10060 Osasco (TO), Italy (ph +39 0121 541029; info@frandent.it; www.frandent.it/en/home).

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2023 - Volume #47, Issue #3