Demonstration of latest Kuhn grass merger

Visitors to next month’s ScotGrass 2019 will be able to see Kuhn’s new Merge Maxx 950 belt merger grass windrower in action.

by Steven Vale

17 Apr 2019

Aimed at large-scale grassland farms and contractors, the machine uses two adjustable, variable width and bi-directional merger belts to give a maximum grass pick-up width of 9.5m in a single pass.

The Merge Maxx can collect up to 18.0m into a single windrow from two passes, or – in light crop situations such as a multi-cut silage system – collect up to 27.0m of grass into one windrow from three passes. For lateral windrows, the windrow width can be varied between 1.0m and 1.5m. For central windrows, the windrow can be up to 2.2m in width.

Auto-regulating rollers at the front and side of the pick-up unit self-adjust their position according to crop thickness, and Kuhn reckons that three key design elements: articulated pick-up skids, powerful lift-control springs, and pivot points for vertical and angled ground clearance produce an impurity-free swathe and accurate ground contour following.

The company will also show the latest VB 3165 variable chamber round baler, which produces bales from 0.8–1.6m diameter and 1.2m wide. One of four models in the range, this baler is equipped with the firm’s progressive density system which uses two chamber rollers, a starter roller and five endless baling belts to produce evenly shaped bales.

Belt pressure increases as the bale grows and can be adjusted from the tractor cab to compensate for variations in crop type quality and to maintain a constant density as the bale is formed.

Finally, Kuhn’s twin-reel film binding system will feature on the i-BIO+ and FBP 3135 BalePack combination baler wrappers.

Using two standard 750mm stretch film rolls to fully encapsulate the bale, the system reduces plastic usage by up to 30% by pre-stretching the wrapping film by 70% prior to application. Film loading is claimed to be quicker and easier as each roll weighs just 27kg. Both machines can also be used with conventional net binding.