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New Rotary Rakes from Massey Ferguson

03/06/2013 @ 10:33am

Massey Ferguson launches three new rotary rakes, designed to help hay producers optimize hay quality and create windrows that increase baling efficiency and capacity. The new rakes help speed drying time because they sweep the hay or forage into a uniform windrow. Their gentle action helps maximize leaf retention for optimum protein content, resulting in more valuable hay.

“Rotary rakes form more even windrows without roping or plugging, and the tine angle and gentle sweeping motion result in a cleaner crop in the windrow,” says Dean Morrell with Massey Ferguson. “In addition, the tines on these rotary rakes last two to three times longer than tines on traditional wheel rakes.”

The new durable RK series of rotary rakes includes three models. The RK3802 single-rotor rake is designed for smaller tractors without hydraulic valves. This model offers a three-point lift system. The RK3845 is a 21-foot model available with a transport chassis, and the RK3879 PRO model is a heavy-duty model with a 27-foot working width, also featuring a transport chassis. Both larger models are dual-rotor rakes and are equipped with steerable rear wheels on the transport chassis for greater maneuverability. These dual-rotor models also feature jet effect rotor lifting. When the rotor is lowered from headland to working position, the jet effect lets the rear of the rotor touch down first, which prevents the tines from scalping the soil surface and contaminating the windrow.

Standard on each dual-rotor rake with transport chassis is the Rotorflex suspension system, which allows rotors to gently float from front to back and side to side. This helps the baskets work together to gather the crop into a more uniform and manageable windrow. Finally, the drive system features helical-cut gears to provide more torque than straight-cut gears, as well as deliver longer driveline and rotor life.

Prices range from $7,287 to $29,955.

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