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John Deere introduces two new mower conditioners

OLATHE, Kansas (August 23, 2012) – To provide hay and forage producers with more mowing options, John Deere has added two sickle cutterbar mower conditioners to its product line-up. The two new mo-co models include the M160A and M180A, both center pivot, pull-type machines. They feature double-knife sickle cutterbar platforms which are also used on the auger heads of the new John Deere Self-Propelled Windrowers.

          Jeremy Unruh, marketing manager at John Deere Ottumwa Works, says the two new mower conditioners meet the mowing needs of hay and livestock producers and provide more efficient mowing performance in the field. “Available in 16-foot and 18-foot cutting widths, the new M160A and M180A Mower Conditioners provide the widest conditioning rolls on the market today for machines of this type. In addition, the forming shields can be easily adjusted to create windrows from 36 to 100 inches in width.”

          Both the M160A and M180A models have enclosed oil-bath gearboxes for the double-knife sickle cutterbar for reliable hay-cutting performance. It also gives a low cutting height, which maximizes the amount of hay cut while leaving a clean, even field profile.

In addition, the center-mounted pivot hitch and drive system allows for a shorter turn radius and the convenience of left- or right-side operation. For improved crop conditioning and faster dry down with less field loss, the new mo-co models have steel roll conditioning systems.

The M160A and M180A can be matched with 125 horsepower or higher tractors for optimal harvesting performance.


“These two models complement the full line of John Deere hay and forage products that include disk mowers, rotary mo-cos, self-propelled machines, and balers” Unruh says. “With 16- and 18-foot cutting widths and fast operating speeds, depending on the type and density of crop, operators can cut, condition and windrow large hay fields quickly and easily to put up high-quality hay and forage.”

For more information on the new M160A and M180A Mower-Conditioners, as well as the complete line of John Deere hay and forage products, visit your local John Deere dealer or visit

Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land - those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at

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