Despite the recent challenging times, machinery manufacturers continue to roll out developments apace and Pottinger is no exception, with a raft of new grassland and forage equipment. James Rickard reports.
Aiming to offer a wrapping technique which boosts forage quality, while making wrap disposal easier, Pottinger has introduced ‘film on film’ wrapping to its range of variable chamber wrapper combination round balers.
First seen on its fixed chamber balers, the new option combines both the net and film binding systems, allowing users to quickly switch between the two
According to the manufacturer, one of the advantages of film on film binding is the three-fold improvement in protection of the forage due to the increased number of layers. This sees forage better protected when it is ejected from the wrapper, and later when it is transported from the field.
The firm adds silage bales also benefit from additional compression; the diameter can be reduced by about 30mm, corresponding to an oxygen reduction of about 70 litres.
Whether using net or film binding, the roll is hydraulically braked by a tension roller, with an additional tail binding unit allowing binding film to be fed into the bale chamber.
To protect the film and to make it easier to change between net and film or vice versa, an additional sliding roller is installed in front of the roll holder. The roll holder can accommodate rolls up to 1,420mm wide with a diameter up to 310mm. A camera is installed as standard, enabling the driver to monitor the binding and wrapping process.
The new binding system is available now, which adds about £4,765 to the retail price.
Adding to its arsenal of rakes, Pottinger has introduced a new four rotor rake, with an adjustable working width from nine to 14m.
Like its little brother, the Top 1252 C, the new Top 1403 C rake’s rotors are powered with a dual drive line, which sees the front rotors powered hydraulically and the rear rotors mechanically. As a result, the machine features fewer drive shafts which enables the ability to fold the machine and achieve a transport height of under four meters, without removing any tine arms. It also means working width can be infinitely adjusted while working.
A new standard feature is automatic overlap control; when cornering, the front inside rotor is automatically pushed inwards according to the angle of the headstock and selected swath width. This, according to the firm, makes sure there is sufficient overlap with the rear rotors.
When the machinery straightens out again, the front rotor is automatically pushed outward, making full use of the machine’s working width.
Each rotor features a five-wheel undercarriage, to follow ground contours, complimented by anti-wrap guards. In addition to rotor height, rotor inclination can also be adjusted.
The rake is available now with a retail price starting from £71,484.
Topping out its range of tedders, Pottinger has developed a new flagship model with a massive working width of 17m.
Designed to meet the needs of high output customers, the trailed Hit 16.18 T tedder features 16 rotors, each with a diameter of 1.42m and six tine arms. To maximise tedding quality and offer a clean sweep, rotors feature swept back tine arms and off-set tine lengths.
As well as providing transport, the machine’s main wheels are positioned close to the rotors, leading them over bumps and undulations, complemented by independent travel of each rotor.
To clear the crop at headlands, the tedder features a system which hydraulically keeps the tedder level when lifted, avoiding the outer rotors from ‘drooping’ into the crop.
Avoiding crop from being thrown into the hedge bottom, the two rotors on the outer right-hand side can be folded backwards hydraulically by 15 degrees, directing grass away from the hedge or fence.
It also needs no control box, just one single-acting and one double-acting spool.
Retail price starts from £43,241.