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NH eyes canola growers with new Speedrower and Duraswath header

High speed road travel and a new Prairie Special option make this machine a cross-over, intended 
to appeal to both forage and oilseeds producers

This machine is littered with changes and updates from our previous H8000 Series,” says Seth Doman, marketing manager for hay and forage crop preparation products at New Holland. “We’re so excited to unveil this product.”

The Speedrower (which apparently gets its name from a blending of the words “speedy” and “windrower”) is capable of an impressive 24 m.p.h. (38 k.p.h.) on the road. That, according to Doman, makes it the fastest swather on the market. And it achieves that velocity without changing its primary direction of operation. So there is no need to reverse the operator’s station and look out over the rear hood.

For 2014 there will be three models in all, the 130, a 126 horsepower version that gets power from a four-cylinder diesel, and the larger 200 and 240 powered by 190 and 226 horsepower, six-cylinder engines, respectively.

Steering on the Speedrower is hydraulically controlled and blended with the hydrostatic drive on the forward axle. The rear wheels are mounted on free-wheeling casters. In order to keep them stable at high road speeds, engineers added “anti-shimmy” shock absorbers and gave them independent rear axle air suspension.

The new steering system also supports NH’s integrated IntelliSteer auto guidance.

All three Speedrower models are available in two basic configurations. Hay and forage growers can select one designed to run Durabine disc or HS Series Haybine sickle cutting heads, which range from 12 to 19 feet depending on which type you choose.

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Prairie Special

The other configuration, the Prairie Special, is intended to appeal to small-grains and oilseeds producers. It comes mated to a Duraswath draper header, which is available in 25-, 30-, 35- and 40-foot working widths.

NH executives say they hoped to create a machine that attracted the attention of canola growers when they settled on the specifications for the Prairie Special equipped with the Duraswath header, but that header isn’t interchangeable between the Speedrower and a CX or CR combine. “It’s specific to the windrower line,” says Doman. “There are a couple of reasons for that. One is specific to the draper belts, themselves, the other is the cutting system is designed specifically for cutting canola.”

The Duraswath header has a “draper seal” to prevent crop material from getting wedged under the belts and plugging them. In front of those drapers, buyers get another choice. “We offer two different kinds of cutting,” says Doman. The New Holland, which works well in all crops, and the Schumacher, which is very good in canola.”

The Duraswath header uses a flatter table and lower draper belt angle to improve visibility from the cab and allow for better crop feeding.

Prairie Special models get increased hydraulic drive capacity to run the Duraswath headers, relying on a pair of 40 G.P.M pumps. One is dedicated to driving the knife in order to reduce instances of knife stalling, while the other pump runs the draper belts and reel.

On Speedrowers configured for hay producers, the six-cylinder models get one 80 G.P.M. hydraulic pump and the four-cylinder 130 version gets 29 G.P.M. capacity. “That’s more than enough to run the 13- through 19-foot disc heads,” explains Doman.

Hydraulic oil cooling capacity has also been bumped up by about 35 per cent.

To help thick, fluffy canola crops pass under the tractor body, the centre ground clearance has been increased. “We’ve improved our ground clearance from the previous series to 42-1/2 inches,” he adds.

Inside the cab, which gets a spring suspension to help smoothen out the ride, the operator has a 10-inch IntelliView IV touch-screen monitor that controls both the machine functions and auto guidance. “We’re the only manufacturer that has one screen for tractor functions and also for steering function,” says Doman.

For a video look at the Speedrower, check out grainews.ca/videos.

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Scott Garvey is a freelance writer and video producer. He is also the former machinery editor at Grainews.

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