Abimac Avantime 7810-13 front mounted rake: One man went to row

Attaching a rake to a tractor’s front linkage and running a baler behind to pick up the resultant swath is not a new idea, but it is one that has seen relatively little take up in the UK and Ireland for a diverse number of reasons. Here we look at the Italian made Abimac Avantime. Launched in the UK in 2017, these rotary models are claimed to have the build strength to cope with heavy crops, but is this enough to popularise the idea?

by James de Havilland

There is no doubting the appeal of an all-in-one rowing up and baling combination. This has long been a goal for Simon Smith whose interest in the front rake concept stems from the need to reduce the time and labour taken to bale hay and straw for bedding for his pig fattening unit.