Wednesday, 07 August 2019 15:49

Perfect swaths at 20km/h

Written by  Mark Daniel
Ploeger CM4240 Merger. Ploeger CM4240 Merger.

Purpose-made swathers are coming to the fore.

Kuhn NZ has this year been showing its Merge Maxx 950 belt merger that uses twin pick-ups and belt conveyors to form the required swath. 

And now the Dutch company Ploeger, with an eye on contractors, has developed a self-propelled swather, the CM4240 Merger, due for launching at Agritechnica in November. 

It will have a working width adjustable between 10 and 12m, and pick-up technology from Reiter, well known in Europe for its front- and rear-mounted mergers/swath formers.

Several Ploeger designs are seen in the machines, including a side-shift function that allows push-button changes from central to side-delivery configurations. 

Ploeger says the front positioning of the pick-up heads helps provide exceptional visibility and prevents the machine having to run on the crop, so avoiding crop contamination.

Power is delivered by a 260hp FPT, 6-cylinder engine said to be capable of pushing the machine to operating speeds of up to 20km/h.

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