Vermeer, one of the earliest companies to be involved with round baler technology, has announced it intends to increase its presence in the global forage and biomass equipment market.
The company wants to introduce new products related to “The collection, transportation, handling and processing of various biomass materials for power generation and/or production of second generation biofuels,” it said in a press release.
One of the first new machines the company has introduced for that market is a new, three-model line of mower-conditioners. “At the heart of these mower-conditioners is the new Q3 Cutter Bar, and we’re excited about the capabilities this cutter bar offers to operators — including lower horsepower requirements, shear protection and more,” says Phil Egging, Vermeer product manager.
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The modular, shaft-driven Q3 cutter bar design is a little less power hungry, because it uses fewer gear-to-gear interfaces, which the company says makes them more fuel efficient to operate than gear-bed style cutter bars. Other innovations include the Quick Clip blade retention system and Quick Change shear ring, which make changing blades and repairing sheared components quicker and easier.
“The Quick Clip blade retention system is something that’s been around on our cutter bars for some time, and it’s all about ease of maintenance,” adds Egging. “Combine that with the shear protection of the Quick Change shear ring, the quick oil check on top of each disc module and the ability to easily access the cutter bar with the lightweight, spring-loaded hood, and these mower conditioners offer ultimate convenience when it comes to maintenance and repair.”
The new mower-conditioners are equipped with a nitrogen-charged accumulator suspension system to provide a consistent weight on the cutter bar throughout the full range of motion. Operators can customize suspension settings for their specific field conditions by moving a lever, resulting in less cutter bar weight on the ground and less stress on the header and framework when compared to traditional mechanical spring systems.
“This line also offers the unique Vermeer-designed suspension system, giving operators the opportunity to experience this proven technology from our trailed mower line with a conditioner option,” added Egging.
All models offer a choice of either a steel roller or v-tine conditioner. In addition, multiple swath adjustments allow for added control over windrow formation. The three-model line offers cutting widths of 9.1 feet (2.8 metres) on the MC2800, 10.5 feet (3.3 metres) on the MC3300, and 12 feet (3.7 metres) on the MC3700.