Vermeer announced in September that it was stretching the maximum cutting width on its line of mower conditioner models to 15 feet. To do that it introduced the new MC4500, which becomes the fourth and widest model in the brand’s mo-co line.
“The MC4500 mower conditioner brings more size, speed, versatility and reliability to the operator in the field,” said Vermeer product manager, Josh Vrieze, in the company announcement.
The 15-foot MC4500 uses a drawbar swivel hitch, which makes hooking up the implement a little easier. Also designed to make things easier on the operator across the full line of the brand’s mo-cos is the Quick-Clip Blade Retention System, which makes replacing and reversing cutter blades quicker and simpler.
The company claims its Q3 Cutter Bar technology helps the tractor powering it to be more fuel-efficient, because its drive system requires less horsepower to turn than other gear-bed style cutter bars. It also uses Vermeer’s Quick-Change shear ring to protect the bar from damage, making down time a little shorter when something does go wrong.
The entire mower conditioner line uses an adjustable suspension system that includes nitrogen-charged accumulators to soften shocks to the header. All of which, apparently does a better job in preventing damage to the header and frame than standard metal springs.
All models in the line come with the option of either a steel roller or v-tine conditioner.