Massey Ferguson has announced it is strengthening its hay and forage harvesting range with a choice of conditioners for its new generation butterfly mowers, along with further features to boost productivity on its widest four-rotor rake
“Since its launch, Massey Ferguson’s hay and forage equipment has been well received by owners and dealers, earning a good reputation for productivity and efficiency,” says Jérôme Aubrion, Director Marketing Massey Ferguson, Europe & Middle East.
“These latest developments are part of our strategy of constant improvement to ensure we continue to deliver our customers exactly the right machines with specification they require. Offering a choice of conditioners for the butterfly mowers enables users to improve forage quality using the system that is most appropriate for their crops and conditions.
“Upgrades to the new generation four rotor rakes increase durability as well improve operation, helping operators form the perfect swath for following machines,” he adds.
Two new tine (KC) or roller (RC) conditioner options, available for the latest 8.6m wide, MF 8612 TL mower, increase the speed of wilting, which shortens the drying process and improves crop quality.
Crop is conditioned using four rows of flexible tines, which are 5mm longer than previously and are secured against loss to protect following machinery. These lift and process the crop against an adjustable hood, which is now made from 4mm thick steel for increased durability. Four position settings allow users to set the appropriate conditioning intensity for the crop and conditions.
Two, intermeshing rubber rollers compress the crop on the RC conditioner. The rollers’ special, spiral profiles provide intensive, yet gentle, crop conditioning and are ideally suited to working in legumes and other leafy crops.
Adjustable roller pressure enables operators to set the conditioning intensity. The upper roller can lift up, under pre-set spring pressure, to provide protection against foreign objects.
Drive for the conditioners is taken from the main gearbox or through the implement driveline, with shear bolt protection. The RC roller conditioner is also available with optional DUO Drive, which powers both the upper and lower rollers and is particularly suitable for working in heavy and damp crop conditions.
Massey Ferguson’s latest generation butterfly mowers are equipped, as standard, with the latest generation TurboLift hydro-pneumatic damping system. This provides the mowers with a lateral swing angle of up to 19° downhill and 30° uphill, closely following contours to protect the sward, reduce contamination and improve forage quality.
Two-position width adjustment ensures MF DM TL mowers maintain a uniform cut when working in combination with 2.8m, 3.0m and 3.10m wide front mowers. This allows operators to adjust the width of the overlap between the front and rear mower, ensuring the whole width is cut – even when working around corners.
A new mechanism allows the mowers to fold to below 4m for transport and simplifies coupling up. It also improves stability in work and enables the machine to be safely stored vertically, without any extra stands.
This attachment system also delivers reliable mower protection with a straightforward, break-back system.
Massey Ferguson’s flagship MF RK 1404 TRC-PRO Gen2 four rake, capable of working at widths from 10.5m to 13.8m, benefits from a number of changes that increase productivity, durability and improve ease of use.
Fully ISOBUS compliant control is provided by proCONNECT, which provides convenient operation of all the main functions include a single lift for all rotors, work/swath width adjustment as well as setting the height of the individual rotors and headland lift. It is also possible to program all the control functions on the joystick and log the area and hours worked.
To further ease the operator’s workload myMemory, a comprehensive rake management system, automatically adjusts the machine to the previous settings, for fast and convenient set-up in the field.
Another useful feature, gapControl, monitors the rotors’ overlap and enables operators to make precise adjustments from the tractor seat. This boosts output by ensuring the rake always operates at its maximum effective working width.
A new smart design combines style with practicality, with durable plastic covers and sheets replacing metal guards. These resist corrosion and are also less susceptible to damage.
Elsewhere new sensors monitor the steering angle as well as the lifting axle and swath width. There’s also a new option of five LED lights to improve vision when working into the night.
A straightforward folding system, easily operated from the cab, automatically ensures the rotors lift or lower only when the axle is in the correct position. As well making it easier and more convenient when changing fields, the 4m transport height makes it safer to move on the road – and is within the maximum limit for certain markets.