Machinery that promises to take silage making on undulating land in its stride is set to be launched at Grassland & Muck in May 2020.
The range, from Fendt, which includes a mower and three tedders, will be demonstrated at the two-day event.
The mower is suspended on a frame that provides more flexible movement, making it better suited to undulating land. Aimed at producers and contractors looking to cut grass with precision, the Slicer FQ is available in the UK from spring 2020.
“This product meets the challenge of cutting grass on undulating and hilly land,” says the company’s Sam Treadgold. “It can be adjusted easily and allows one side to be as much as 650mm higher than the other. And there is movement available at every corner, making it perfect for difficult-to-cut fields.”
Available in two widths (3.1 metres and 3.62 metres), the mower can be fitted with tine or roller conditioners. “And 3D ground adjustment offers more versality of movement by adjusting draw bars and rams under the frame, which act like control rods,” adds Mr Treadgold. “The result is a pull-style mower that offers the adjustment options to reduce damage to the sward to facilitate fast regrowth.”
Also on show at the event will be the range of Fendt tedders. Three models, including two trailed (1020 T and 1250 T) and one mounted (770), are now available.
The tedders’ hook-tine design provides high output without digging into the soil. The hook tine rubs, rather than digs, and this reduces the impact on the soil. “Because there is less contact with the ground, this also reduces breakages and downtime,” adds Mr Treadgold.
The hooked design of the tines also spreads grass more effectively with fewer lumps. The grabbing and pulling motion of the tine separates more grass, which offers operators higher output and throughput.
More pivot points on the frame of the tedders, as well as the choice of a manual or three pre-determined settings on the 770, offers operators more control on difficult and undulating land.