New Kuhn FC4060 mover is quick and ef­fi­cient

Australian Farmers & Dealers Journal - - NEWS -

AN EX­TEN­SIVE demon­stra­tion day con­ducted re­cently by Kuhn Farm Ma­chin­ery on the out­skirts of Mel­bourne her­alded the Aus­tralian re­lease of their lat­est trailed mower con­di­tion­ers, the FC1060 se­ries. The model demon­strated to a large au­di­ence of farm­ers and deal­ers was the FC 4060 TCD which has a work­ing width of four me­tres and utilises Kuhn's Op­tidisc cut­ter bar with its quick-re­lease knife mount­ing sys­tem. Direc­tor of Kuhn Aus­tralia Bruno Fe­tiveau said that the new mower/ con­di­tioner was the cul­mi­na­tion of con­stant de­vel­op­ment and im­prove­ment and re­minded farm­ers that Kuhn in­vented the disc mower and is now a world leader in their de­vel­op­ment. “It is a lit­tle known fact with farm­ers here in Aus­tralia that Kuhn is the largest agri­cul­tural im­ple­ment man­u­fac­turer in the world, with nine pro­duc­tion plants in France, the Nether­lands, the United States, Brazil and Ar­gentina”, Mr Fe­tiveau said. The new Kuhn FC 4060 TCD is a cen­tre-pull machine with nine cut­ting discs and piv­ot­ing steel fin­gers for faster mow­ing, wide swathing and ef­fi­cient con­di­tion­ing. Kuhn says that it re­quires a trac­tor of just 94 PTO horse­power to op­er­ate it. Clean, fast mow­ing of ei­ther heavy grasses or delicate for­age crops, com­bined with quick dry­down from ef­fec­tive con­di­tion­ing makes the machine more prof­itable for both con­trac­tors and farm­ers. The mow­ing unit is sus­pended by tor­sion bars on the new FC1060 se­ries. It fol­lows the pad­dock con­tours and can be ad­justed sep­a­rately on both sides to keep dirt out of the for­age. Ul­tralarge tyres re­duce the ground pres­sure to pro­tect the crop and pre­vent soil com­paction. Cut­ting height and con­di­tion­ing in­ten­sity are both done quickly and eas­ily so that op­er­a­tors can set up the machine for all types of crop. Windrow widths for the FC 4060 TCD are ad­justable from 1.10 me­tres to 2.70 me­tres. The machine's heavy duty Gy­ro­dine swivel hitch al­lows turns in ex­cess of 90 per cent, keep­ing the PTO driv­e­line straight. This means en­hanced re­li­a­bil­ity and safety with high ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity. The Op­tidisc cut­ter bar is a cut­ting unit which is char­ac­terised by the un­even dis­tance be­tween disc cen­tres, pro­vid­ing in­creased crop ejec­tion where the discs con­verge and a nar­rower dis­tance be­tween disc cen­tres where the discs di­verge to in­crease the re­cut area and thus the qual­ity of cut. The sealed gear­box, has in­creased resistance to wear, with a patented ‘Pro­tec­tadrive' a shear point on the disc drive to min­imise down­time. If the disc im­pacts a very solid ob­sta­cle, the shaft hold­ing the disc can shear just above the bear­ing be­cause of a care­fully-di­men­sioned shear groove to pro­tect the toothed gear wheels. Changeover can be ac­com­plished in un­der 15 min­utes. There are no oil changes nec­es­sary for the life of the cut­ter bar. The fast-fit knife mount sys­tem means that knives can be changed in a few min­utes. The con­di­tioner ro­tor's drive shaft is also pro­tected on its shaft ex­ten­sion by a shear bolt. Other models avail­able in Aus­tralia within the new FC1060 mower/ con­di­tioner se­ries are the FC 3160 (3.1 me­tre work­ing width) and the FC 3560 (3.5 me­tre work­ing width). Both these models are avail­able with ei­ther cen­tral pull or side pull.

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Kuhn Aus­tralia Direc­tor, Bruno Fe­tiveau, says that the FC4060 TCD mower/ con­di­tioner is the cul­mi­na­tion of con­stant de­vel­op­ment and im­prove­ment from the peo­ple who in­vented the disc mower.’

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