The GYRODINE pivoting headstock is robust and enables turns in excess of 90° while keeping the PTO driveline straight. Maintenance requirements are low with only one oil-change point. The machine is coupled to the tractor with anti-rotation pins. This hitch system is extremely reliable and ensures safe manoeuvres.
The machine is designed to handle intense forage throughput with different delivery modes depending on the machine:
The mowing unit is suspended by torsion bars. It follows ground contours closely to produce an even cut and can be adjusted separately on both sides. This helps protect the sward and the machine, and keeps impurities out of the forage. The ultra-large tyres exert very little pressure on the ground during work and headland turns. The crop is preserved and soil compaction is avoided.
The new OPTIDISC ELITE cutter bar was developed with farmers. Variable spacing between the discs, large overlap zones and the reduced angle of the OPTIDISC cutter bar will provide you with the quality you need. FC 1031 series are equipped with this cutter bar and its latest upgrades that guarantee a clean cut at all times. The OPTIDISC ELITE cutter bar includes exclusive features:
Earth can build up in front of a cutter bar on hilly plots or in wet and sticky conditions, but not with the OPTIDISC ELITE cutter bar! It has specially designed skids to improve ground following and preserve the sward. Another advantage for forage quality, especially in difficult conditions.
The cutter bar has been designed to handle obstacles. With the PROTECTADRIVE safety system, in case of a very violent impact between the disc and an obstacle, the shaft holding the disc shears above the housing thanks to a cleverly dimensioned shear groove. Therefore the gearwheels are protected son in less than 15 minutes, the machine is operational again and at a very low repair cost.
The housing attachment is ensured by long screws, passing through the cutter bar. Any risk of housings being ripped off in the event of shock is prevented.
High-end components reinforce the core of the cutter bar:
To increase the machine’s service life, rubber mounts are integrated between the cutter bar and the frame. Shocks have less impact on the machine’s structure while mowing at high ground speed.
You will waste no time on maintenance.
The OPTIDISC cutter bar is an excellent example of added value created through the close collaboration between manufacturer and farmer. It is a solution that is totally adapted to operations and will save you time:
Maintenance is kept down, being required mainly for the drive system and a few joints, and only occasionally.
The rotor conditioner with steel fingers is highly effective in long, heavy and mature forage as well as in short forage. Its high-capacity intake produces smooth forage flow though the machine. Power requirement for this type of conditioner is kept low with quicker forage passage and no need for recirculation. Well-structured, airy swaths are created by the position of the fingers that fluff up the forage, sending it up in the air before it comes down to form the swath. The resulting forage has higher energy and nutritional value owing to accelerated drying.
The steel fingers can also work in lucerne. Conditioning intensity is adjusted to preserve the leaves on the stems to retain the nutritional quality in the forage.
Modify conditioning intensity by:
The conditioner with DOUBLE CRIMP steel rollers grips the plant evenly to allow humidity to escape. The whole process is gentle in order to retain the nutritional value of delicate forage crops such as legumes and immature rye. Their large 240mm diameter makes them very robust as well as improving forage circulation. Pressure between the rollers can be adjusted from 100 to 500kg/m to suit the type of forage and conditioning intensity desired.
Tests carried out by Arvalis (French agronomic institute), the Chamber of Agriculture and the FD machinery cooperative highlighted the drying curves of different mower-conditioners (finger or roller, in plastic or steel). The mower-conditioner with the SQUAREFLEX polyurethane roller came out top with over 80% of DM by the second evening compared to the third evening with other methods.
Specific SQUAREFLEX roller treads in the polyurethane, grip the crop with a regular movement, no matter which direction the crop is leaning. Pressure is adjusted between the rollers with an easily accessible adjustment screw. In addition, the gap between the rollers can be widened to let foreign bodies pass through.
Both rollers are driven by a gearbox (no chains or belts!) They are synchronised for life: longer service life and no maintenance, Both rollers rotate at 780 min-1 to ensure optimum functioning in all conditions, with delicate forage as well as in ryegrass, sorghum and immature crops…
|FC 2861 TLD 540||FC 3161 TLD 1000|
|Working width (m)||2.67||3.10|
|Transport width (m)||2.55||3|
|Number of discs with heat treated protection skids||6||7|
|Blade attachment||FAST-FIT quick release||FAST-FIT quick release|
|Cutting height range with standard skids (mm)||35 to 65||35 to 65|
|Removal of disc bearing units from the top of cutter bar||as standard||as standard|
|Gear train protection system||PROTECTADRIVE safety system||PROTECTADRIVE safety system|
|Cutting height adjustment||Centralised by single rod with direct reading||Centralised by single rod with direct reading|
|Adjustment of the suspension||with torsion bar - separate control of left and right hand side||with torsion bar - separate control of left and right hand side|
|Conditioning system||pivoting steel fingers and adjustable conditioning plate with 5-position lever||pivoting steel fingers and adjustable conditioning plate with 5-position lever|
|Conditioner speed (min-1)||780 or 1000 adjustable by selector lever||780 or 1000 adjustable by selector lever|
|Conditioner drive||by gearbox with anti-blocking system||by gearbox with anti-blocking system|
|Overall swath width (min/max) approx. (m)||0.90 / 1.90||0.90 / 2.30|
|Wide spreading system||as standard||as standard|
|Hitch||Gyrodine headstock - 2 point Cat 2 and 3 with semi-mounted swinging drawbar||Gyrodine headstock - 2 point Cat 2 and 3 with semi-mounted swinging drawbar|
|PTO speed (min-1)||540||1000|
|Free wheel||integrated in the drive gearbox||integrated in the drive gearbox|
|Theoretical tractor power requirement (kW/hp)||48 / 65||55 / 75|
|Required tractor hydraulic connections||1 SA + 1 DA||1 SA + 1 DA|
|Road lights and signaling on front and rear||as standard||as standard|
|Approx. weight (kg)||1980||2160|