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First Hay Rake Without Tines
That revolutionary "rubber" hay rake from Kuhn we told you about a year ago in FARM SHOW is now in production and on the market in Europe. It's slated for marketing in the U.S. and Canada in the near future possibly yet this fall, according to Tim Harmon, sales manager for Kuhn Farm Machinery, headquartered in Vernon, N.Y.
Billed as "the first rake without tines," the revolutionary Kuhnflex has no metal working parts, thus eliminating problems with lost tines damaging bales or choppers. Traditional tines have given way to supple rubber skirts fitted to the bottom of each rotor. The rubber skirts pass under the crop, transporting it from one rotor to another. During this process, the crop has practically no contact with the ground until the swath is actually formed, thereby minimizing leaf loss and leaving the new growth untouched, the manufacturer points out. Working at field speeds of 6 to 10 mph, the Kuhnflex can form single or double swaths, put several together, and turn or reposition them.
Working width is 13 ft. in a single swath, or 21 ft. in a double swath. Work capacity is rated at 12 acres per hour. Over-all transport width is just under 8 ft.

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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #3