Much anticipated McHale R62-72 rake introduced at Ploughing
McHale introduced their much anticipated R62-72 centre delivery rake at the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore. The machine is aimed at farmers who want to get the best fodder by achieving an aerated swath.
The rakes are designed to deliver an ideal swath for high output baling or harvesting. The pivoting headstock of a McHale rake couples into the tractor linkage arms and controls the steering system. On the McHale R 62-72 rake, the drive line flows through a wide angle gearbox to the individual rotors.
Each rotor on the McHale centre delivery rake picks the crop only once and places it in a loose, aerated swath. Rotors are suspended centrally, and operate at equal ground pressures across the working width.
The suspension system allows the rotors to follow all ground contours.
The R62-72 twin rotor centre delivery is equipped with a height adjustment indicator so tine height can be adjusted easily.
The operator can adjust the cam angle which in turn adjusts when the tine releases the crop, to cater for different crop conditions.
The rake has working
McHale’s new R62-72 centre delivery rake, combining two ten foot rows, and right, in the transport position.
widths from 6.2m to 7.2m. The width is adjusted hydraulically from the tractor seat by telescoping arms. The R62-72 can be used to combine multiple mower rows, or to row up grass left on the flat.
For transport, rotors are folded up, and they move into a locking position for a transport height of less than four meters. Tine arms do not need to be removed for transport. The rake is designed to deliver a tight turning movement and high output.
In the field, the crop deflector moves automatically into the working position as the rake is being folded down. The axle and wheel configuration protects the swath, ensuring the cleanest possible crop is delivered into the swath. High headland clearance is another design feature. The McHale R62-72 is equipped as standard with 380/55-7 tyres for stability on the road and minimal compaction in the field.
The transport running gear is approved for 40 km/h. Each rotor has centralised grease blocks to facilitate easy maintenance and cam adjustment to change when the tines release the crop. McHale say their rakes have been tested in the world’s most difficult conditions in order to deliver a machine which is efficient and reliable in all terrain.
James Heanue, Irish sales manager, said: “We are an Irish company and do a lot of product testing here, from which we get a lot of good feedback. This allows us to develop heavy duty products suitable for heavy Irish crops. “We had a number of rakes out with customers over the last two seasons, and the feedback has been excellent, customers liked the heavy duty build quality and also the unique McHale features.”