New Kuhn FC4060 mover is quick and efficient
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.’