Austria goes Potti' for new machines
Machinery giant unveils latest ranges at International Day as Irish distributors head to hills
Pottinger took the opportunity to launch several new products at its International Day. These included a new twin-rotor rake and seed drill, with some new products for the gradients found in the Alpine regions of its home country, Austria. These are the Pöttinger Novaalpin 306 front-mounted mower and the BOSS L25T silage-loader wagon.
Also seen for the first time in a live demonstration at the event was Pottinger's knife-sharpening system for the company's silage wagons.
A new addition to the range of Pottinger rakes is the TOP 852C s-line twin-rotor rake. The new model joins the existing 972 and 1252C models as the smallest of their heavy duty twin-rotor series. It has a variable working width of 7.75-8.55m, which is adjusted hydraulically with telescoping arms out to the rotors.
The rotor arms are positioned at an angle on the machine's main frame to sweep back and lift at the end of each windrow. Pottinger has designed this to give a better and higher row clearance at the headlands, limiting any fouling of headland rows. Clearance height on the headland lift is 600mm -- nearly two feet -- or 30pc higher than any other equipment currently available on the market, Pottinger claims.
Pottinger also uses what it calls a Multi-tast ground-hugging wheel to facilitate better ground contouring on rough or uneven land. This Multitast wheel runs just in front of the rotor tines to give a truer guide of the ground profile and better cleaning without tines digging into the ground.
Rotor diameter on the TOP 852C s-line is 3.7m (with 13 tine arms) but, with the sweeping back rotor arms, the folded transport height remains below 4m overall -- without having to remove the tine arms. The side guard also hydraulically pivots back for road transport. As an option, Pottinger offers the facility to lift just one rotor and remain working with the other.
Also new from the Austrian machinery giant is the range of VITASEM A-mounted seed drills for power harrow and drill one-pass combinations.
Available in widths from 2.5-4m, the new range of mechanical seed-metering drills was designed for piggy-back mounted-drilling behind a power harrow.