Kuhn has launched two mower-conditioners for use in delicate crops like lucerne or alfalfa, where leaf loss can be a major problem if conditioning is done by traditional flail type designs.
Mowing on either side of the tractor cuts headland travelling time by as much as 15%, reduces risk of soil contamination and swath disturbance, and lessens soil compaction.
Two new machines from Kuhn, the 3.1m FC 3160 TCD and the 3.5m FC3560 TCD, use the company’s Gyrodine swivel hitch system to transmit PTO power from the tractor, while ensuring the shaft stays straight, promoting reliability and reduced maintenance.
Available with 540 or 1000rpm input speeds, the unit also allows the tractor to make high speed turns under full power on headlands and get back into work quickly.
The FC series uses the Kuhn Optidisc cutterbar with Fast-Fit knives, combining adjustable suspension and the above headstock to give excellent ground following characteristics. Large diameter wheels ensure stability, particularly on hillsides.
The unit also has an articulated hood which can be set for windrow formation or wide spreading, for greater adaptability.