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Four-Row Side Discharge Flail Windrower
"It allows you to make a double windrow and can cut trips across the field in half when baling corn stalks," says Edwin Rissler, New Enterprise, Penn., about the 4-row side discharge flail windrower he built from scratch.
Rissler built a 12-in. side discharge auger on the 10-ft. windrower. It lays down a 4-row (30-in.) windrow on the right side of the machine. You can build an 8-row wind-row by simply doubling back to lay a second 4-row windrow adjacent to the first. It allows you to cut field trips by 50 percent compared with similar size middle discharge machines that restrict you to baling only a single row at a time.
He used a rotor built by a manufacturer of commercial flail windrowers and welded his own knives onto it. The rotor throws chopped stalks by centrifugal force into the auger. A pto-driven gearbox drives the rotor and auger. Two paddles at the end of the auger direct stalks out the back. The machine can be converted from windrowing to conventional shredding in minutes by pulling a pair of pins and lowering a lid that diverts stalks away from the auger.
_ "I've made four of the units so far for area farmers and they've worked well," says Rissler. "However, I have a small shop with limited capacity so I don't plan to build any more."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Edwin Rissler, RD 1, Box 197, New Enterprise, Penn. 16664 (ph 814 766-2246).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #2