In August MacDon announced it was introducing a two-model line of pull-type mower conditioners called the R1 Series. The model on display at Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon this past January provided farmers with one of their first opportunities to get a close look at one.
The R1s are available in 13- and 16-foot working widths.
One of the features the company was highlighting at the show was the dealer-installed Road Friendly Transport narrow-fold option. Taking up only nine feet (2.75 metres) on the road, the R1s will be one of the easiest machines to move from field to field.
The header linkage design provides “a fast-acting up and back motion with a wide range of travel,” according to the company press release. The company also claims the 129 inch (3.28 metre) conditioning rollers are the widest available in a comparable machine at the moment. And buyers have four choices when it comes to conditioning systems. They can opt for steel or polyurethane rolls, a finger conditioner or nothing at all.
The disc-style cutter bar uses shear-pins for protection. And when a shear pin breaks from hitting a solid object, each disc assembly lifts up and away from an obstruction in order to help limit damage. The R1s use larger and sturdier gears to minimize stress along the redesigned cutter bar driveline.
For a video look at the R1 Series machines, go to our videos page at grainews.ca.