1987 - Volume #11, Issue #2, Page #03[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Haymachine Reduces Drying Time Up To 50%"It'll reduce hay drying time up to 50% under ideal conditions," says H and S Mfg., Marshfield, Wis., of its new "Haymachine."«
According to Lauri Heikenen, president, the first-of-its-kind machine (patent pending) performs three different haying operations:
1. It turns windrowed hay over onto dry ground, and lifts and fluffs the windwow to speed drying
2. It will rake swaths up to 8 ft. wide into a 3 ft. or 4 ft. windrow;
3. It will rake sickle-mowed hay into windrows, and fluff the windrow, in one pass.
"Basically, what we did in creating this new-style machine to speed haymaking and boost hay quality was to equip our company's existing 7-ft. wide tedder with a triple set of large rake wheels. They speed drying by turning and moving the windrow over to dry ground before it's picked up and fluffed by the companion tedder," according to Heikeneh, who speculates that, under ideal conditions, a farmer using the new "Haymachine" to speed drying time can mow or windrow the standing crop and then be able to chop or bale a day or more early.
The three large rake wheels are ground driven and turn clockwise. A hand-crank screw adjusts their operating height. A single hydraulic cylinder, operated from the tractor seat, raises and lowers them in unison when making turns in the field.
Operating width of the pto-driven tedder, which also rotates clockwise, is 7 ft. Its overall width is 11 ft., 6 in. , The four-bar tedder reel is equipped with 56 rubber-mounted teeth which can be adjusted to operate at eight different angles. Tedding action is also governed by ground travel speed and operating speed of the pto, Heikenen points out.
For road transport, the hitch swings in and the rake attachment raises into an upright position.
Suggested retail price of the new "Haymachine" is $2,650.
For more information, contact FARM SHOW Followup, H and S Mfg., 2608 S. Hume Ave., P.O. Box 768, Marshfield, Wis. 54449 (ph 715 387-3414).
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