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Windrowers Go Tech

Windrowers are one of the hardest pieces of equipment to drive, says Zach Hetterick, Case IH livestock equipment marketing manager.

By upgrading its WD3 II Series windrowers with AFS auto guidance and a new hydraulic steering system with fewer linkages and pivot joints, Case IH has made these machines easier to handle.

“Operators will appreciate the improved drivability in the field, as well as the great steering system responsiveness on the road, which creates the ability to operate at higher road speeds,” notes Hetterick.

To prove its theory for improved drivability and steering, Case IH engineers conducted a dynamic stability test on a road slalom course. As a result, the machine’s weight balance was adjusted and caster wheels, set at a 9° angle, were developed. A dampening feature prevents oversteering, especially at high speeds. Road speeds now top out at 24 mph.

The WD3 II Series includes three models: WD1203, WD1903, and WD2303. The base unit price starts at around $104,000 for the WD1203; $125,000 for the WD1903; and $130,00 for the WD2303. 

Learn more by contacting your local Case IH dealer or by visiting

John Deere W235
The latest addition to John Deere’s hay and forage product lineup for 2014 is the W235 windrower. This self-propelled machine features more horsepower to handle tough field conditions, a larger cab, and several technology upgrades.

“We’ve designed the W235 to maximize the operator’s ease of use and productivity,” says Jeremy Unruh, product line manager for John Deere Ottumwa Works. “The CommandCenter display provides fingertip access to all controls that are critical to optimizing machine operation and performance. Integrated AutoTrac provides steering assistance that enables faster cutting speeds while maintaining accuracy.”

The windrower will be available in two configurations: rotary and draper. The rotary machine starts at around $146,000; the draper version is about $153,000.

The rotary will be compatible with 994 and 995 heads. The draper will be compatible with the 600D head.

The W235 also features a 6.8-liter Tier 4 final engine, rated at 235 hp. This is an increase of 17.5% over the previous model.

Ground-level filling and a 160-gallon fuel tank mean you can go for longer intervals between fill-ups. The clean-air intake is located high on the machine and an eight-blade cooling fan (with a 19% larger fan screen) reduces debris intake and improves machine efficiency in dusty conditions.

This windrower also includes JDLink. The telematics system allows you to monitor and to track machines from remote locations. It sends notifications when preventive maintenance is required, and it can download the machine’s performance data at the end of every day.

“No matter what the mowing or windrowing conditions, the W235 windrower is built to meet your needs,” says Unruh. 

Learn more by contacting your local John Deere dealer or by visiting

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