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Friday 26 May 2017

Farm machinery: Here come the wagons

The new generation of Faro wagons from Pottinger are suitable for tractors between 90hp and 150 hp
The new generation of Faro wagons from Pottinger are suitable for tractors between 90hp and 150 hp
Derek Casey

Derek Casey

Two big names in the silage wagon market, Claas and Pöttinger, have just launched new machines. Silage wagons are popular with some contractors where farmer demand for a lighter, more ground-friendly silage making system is sufficient to justify investment.

Some dairy farmers here have even bought their own wagons in recent years and, notwithstanding the initial investment in metal, having your own silage machinery certainly confers a degree of independence.

I'll start with the new Pöttinger wagon because I think it will be a good seller in Ireland. It was with the Faro silage wagon that Pöttinger first introduced rotor technology featured on large loader wagons to the medium-sized loader wagon segment.

Since its launch in 2004, the Faro has developed into a bestseller in its class. More than 10 years on since the original, Pöttinger says its new generation Faro wagons are suitable for tractors between 90hp and 150hp.

The loading rotor has a diameter of 750mm and is fitted with 31 knives. With a chopping length of 45mm, the new Faro chops even shorter and, claims Pöttinger, offers higher performance as a result. A key change is that the scraper floor is 150mm lower.

This enables optimum unloading and clearance for tyres up to 710/35 R22.5 in size. A six-row floating pick-up with cam track at both ends ensures tight, sward-conserving ground tracking.

Clean forage

Meanwhile, improved contour tracking and resulting clean forage is achieved by the additional tracking roller, which is available as an option. This is located behind the middle of the pick-up.

The powerful Rotomatic rotor delivers smooth interaction with the crop and neat transfer from the pick-up.

The swing-out knife bank was invented by Pöttinger to make servicing the knives as convenient and safe as possible.

The rotor is driven by a high performance 1.5 inch simplex chain, which is protected to 1,600Nm torque.

The automatic loading system features a forage compression flap, which can be optimised to match the power of the tractor using pressure springs.

A chassis designed for a payload up to 18 t is available as an option.

The bodywork of the new Faro Combiline wagons feature high-strength, full-length panels without extension bars.

The D-wagon tailgate design is used as a multifunctional rear flap and models are equipped with a 15t chassis as standard but an 18t chassis with trailing steered axles is available as an option.

Roof ropes with extension bars and a rear tarpaulin are available for optimum crop containment, and as an option for increasing loader wagon capacity by up to 3m3. With the new slanted mudguards, there is no chance of any crop material getting caught.

The advantages are that nothing is lost during transport and the road and wagon stay clean.

Casey.derek@ gmail.com

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