Thursday, 03 October 2019 11:36

Massey Ferguson expands fleet

Written by  Mark Daniel

Massey Ferguson is further extending its hay and forage equipment line-up with new front mounted mowers and wider mounted and trailed tedders.

The new line-up will be displayed at Agritechnica 2019.

The new MF DM FQ front-mounted mowers are equipped with a new six- or seven-disc cutter bed, with a pendulum mounting system incorporating the maker’s TurboLift suspension that effectively ‘pulls’ the machine through the crop for optimum ground following.

The range of six models offers working widths of 3.12m with six discs, or 3.62m with seven discs, and can be supplied with or without a roller or tine rotor conditioner. 

A centre pivot with ‘three dimensional’ suspension allows the disc bed to closely follow ground contours from -6° uphill to +15° downwards. To compensate for working across slopes the pendulum enables it to move +/- 13° side to side, with an optional hydraulic side shift facility providing 20cm of movement to steer around obstacles. 

Three models added to the MF TD X tedder range are based on the well known Lely Lotus. These use the hooked, long- and short-tine tedding action. They come in widths of 7.70, 10.20 and 12.50m (TD 776, TD 1028 and TD 1310, respectively) and are equipped with six, eight and 10 rotors respectively. The smaller models are mounted and the larger units trailed.

The key to the MF TD X tedders’ capacity is the rotors, which achieve optimum speed at just 400-450rpm on the PTO, saving fuel. 

The hooked tine, working angle and combination of short and long tines are said to produce an exceptional tedding action resulting in faster wilting. 

In operation the shorter tines travel about 12% slower than the longer ones, meaning they move the lighter, drier material less than the long tines, which in turn throw the wetter, heavier crop further, resulting in it landing on top of the drier material to promote faster drying.

With a working width of 10.7m, Massey Ferguson’s new MF TD 1110 DN is the new flagship in its mounted tedder range. With ten rotors, each with six tines, it offers high productivity with a low (120hp) power requirement. 

The new model is based on the current design which previously came in only 8.6m working width. The new model comes equipped with a new patented swing brake, enhanced hydraulic edge spreading system and a stronger headstock.

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