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Mower-Conditioner Suspension
Wisconsin farmer Tom Roden, of Saukville, designed and built a mower-conditioner with a unique cutting bar suspension system. The suspended cutterbar is pulled through the field, rather than pushed like on conventional units.
"With this type of suspension system," says Roden, "you won't break many guards because, when you hit a rock or whatever, the cutterbar will not only move up but, since it's mounted on spring-loaded arms, will move back, clearing the obstacle. "In 50 acres, I didn't break any guards and I was travelling 8 to 10 mph," he adds.
Roden built the unit using a Hesston PT 10 mower-conditioner and mounting it on his specially-designed frame.
Another feature of the system is the adjustable cutterbar. This lets you set the cutterbar's pitch. Roden reports that with a pitch on the bar you can "comb" the ground, making it easier to cut lodged and down hay.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Tom Roden, 1794 Cedar Sauk Rd., Saukville, Wis. 53080 (ph 414 284-9591).

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