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MacDon Introduces New Westward M205 Self-Propelled Windrower

Wi n n i p e g -b a s e d MacDon Industries has introduced a new self-propelled windrower for 2011. Available through Westward dealers, the M205 is powered by a 220-horsepower, Tier 3 Cummins diesel, which has a power bulge up to 230 horsepower. That’s enough muscle to power draper headers up to 40 feet wide, if you need it.

Operators can slow the Cummins down and match performance to field conditions with MacDon’s Intermediate Speed Control (ISC) electronic engine control system. ISC allows operators to choose one of three operating modes, improving fuel economy.

The M205 is the first of an all-new model line the company calls its 5 Series. But there is more to this new machine than just a power upgrade. The M205 has redesigned air intake and exhaust systems for better performance. The intake uses a larger air filter, which allows for less-frequent servicing. The new hood shape also improves airflow through the engine compartment.

Operator comfort has been enhanced, too. The M205 features the new Ultra Glide cab with four-corner independent suspension designed to provide a smoother ride. MacDon says it is using a proprietary new suspension for improved stability and to eliminate cab roll. Inside, operators will get access to more system instrumentation, including the ability to monitor hydraulic fluid temperature.

For forage producers, the M205 can be coupled with the new R85 rotary disc, mower-conditioner header, which is an updated version of the R80 header the company previously offered. The R85, available in 13 and 16-foot widths, offers a lower- profile cutter bar with full-width wear protection. This allows it to cut faster and lower than the R80, an advantage in light or downed crop conditions. On the 16-foot version, the header uses a new auger design for more positive feeding, which also eliminates back feeding at the ends in heavy crop conditions.

For more information, visit www.macdon.com.

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