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Discs Replace Sickle On New SP Windrower
A 12 disc rotary head replaces a conventional sickle bar on the new "reel-less" Mighty Giant self-propelled windrower introduced by Jones Mfg., Beemer, Neb.
"It'll run circles around a conventional sickle bar windrower," says Don Reis, sales manager. "You can run it up to 22 mph and walk right through down or tangled crops, and crops badly infested with pocket gopher mounds, at the rate of 15 acres per hour."
Jones Mfg. went to the field last summer with two prototypes one powered with a 135 hp Deutz engine, and the other with a 150 hp Deere engine.
Two Vicon disc rotary heads were laid end to end to create the 15 ft. wide, 12 disc head. Three knives in each disc rotate at infinitely variablespeed (from 0 to 3,000 rpm) to meet different conditions. The cutters are driven by a hydrostat and two Sundstrand motors one at each end of the cutterbar. Individual rotors are gear driven.
The head is available with end dump, which allows making double windrows, and center dump. Windrows are made with the stems laying up to speed drying time.
"We're exploring the possibility of adapting the disc-type head for mounting on the front of larger tractors, including tractors which aren't factory equipped with front pto or 3 pt. hitch," says Reis.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jones Mfg., Don Reis, Sales Manager, RR 1, Box 80, Beemer, Neb. 68716 (ph 402 528-3861).


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1985 - Volume #9, Issue #1