Much an­tic­i­pated McHale R62-72 rake in­tro­duced at Plough­ing

Irish Examiner - Farming - - TECHNOLOGY FOCUS - Daniel Hes­sion

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.”

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