1988 - Volume #12, Issue #1, Page #21[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Double Sickle Cutterbar"Comparing our double sickle bar with a conventional sickle bar is like comparing a Mercedes to a Volkswagen. This is without question the best cutterbar made," says Rainer Kirch, export manager for Busatis-Werke, manufacturer of double sickle bars for mowers, combines, forage harvesters, bale slicers, and any other application that uses a sickle bar.
Instead of running a single sickle through a set of guards, Busatis eliminates the guards and runs two sickles, one on top of the other. The sickles run back to back, with one facing up and the other facing down. Each section makes 1,500 cuts per minute, cutting against the sections on either side of it on the opposite cutter bar.
Kirch says the double sicklebar is perfect for farmers with near-impossible cutting conditions. "It cuts twice as much crop as any other sicklebar at speeds of 15 mph or more. It's works great under conditions that no other cutterbar can handle."
The double sickle bar require two sickle drives. The company makes both hydraulic and mechanical drive systems. Drives can be mounted both on one end, one on either end, or in the middle, depending on the application.
Busatis has been making double sickle bars for 25 years. If it works so well, why doesn't everyone use it?
Kirch answers that the biggest reason is that the bar requires more maintenance. "You've got twice as many sickle sections to sharpen and two drives to maintain. It also costs more initially than a conventional cutterbar," says Kirch.
The company can mount the double sickle bar on any existing cutterbar. The company has a U.S. distributor.
Contact FARM SHOW Followup, Jim Moss, Busatis Corp., 1813 Linn Street No., Kansas City, Mo. 64116.
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