Fendt has announced several updates to key grassland machines, including automated adjustment, as well as new options and technologies to increase efficiencies in grassland operations.
The largest rake produced by the company, the Former 14055 Pro four-rotor machine, features a new automatic tine height adjustment system, changing the position of the tines based on the forward speed of the tractor.
Named flexHIGH, the system lowers to rotors to control the distance between the tines and the field as the speed increases. When this drops, the rotors are raised to minimise forage contamination. Fendt’s gapControl monitors the overlap between the front and rear rotors, with a warning sound to the operator to help prevent losses when cornering.
Another new feature is myMemory, which can help operators to shorten setup and folding times by logging previously used settings that can be activated at the touch of a button. These include working width, swath width and raking height.
Also available is flat sealing hydraulic couplings, enabling high flow rates and the prevention of pressure losses, while new guarding helps to keep debris away from hydraulic components. An LED light package also enters the options list.
There have also been updates to the Slicer 860 butterfly rear mowers, now available with tine or roller conditioners. The KC tine unit works at a slower speed to reduce fuel usage and is fitted with longer tines to boost throughput in heavy or damp crops. Greater control is offered thanks to the adjustable angle of the counter comb.
The RC roller conditioner is designed for leafier crops, with two mechanically driven rollers for high throughput. The lower roller is driven by the spur gear, while the upper unit is moveable and run by a synchronised drive. Contact pressure can be adjusted to crop conditions via a spring.
Across the Sliver 860, the gears are now arranged in rows to provide an efficient power curve, while the larger gears reduce the rotation time. Larger discs have been fitted to reduce the number of units across the cutting width, reducing maintenance and the blades can now rotate 360 degrees.
The reduced power drive allows for a PTO speed of 850rpm in good conditions, while the overall weight of the Slicer 860 and 950 models means that triple mowers can be operated by a smaller tractor with a lower lift capacity.
For more information go to www.fendt.co.uk