Fendt plays the field with latest silage harvester
Demonstration day gives testers a chance to try out German giant Fendt’s newest machine, the Katana 65. By BruceLett
Venturing into the self-propelled silage harvester market, Fendt recently showcased its new Katana 65 at a field event in Germany.
The Katana 65 broadens the spectrum of equipment that the AGCO-owned firm offers and will, no doubt, be watched closely by Claas, John Deere, New Holland and Krone, the other relative newcomer to the self-propelled market.
Peter-Josef Paffen, managing director of Fendt, said that the company had to move into the harvester market.
"For a leading global agricultural equipment manufacturer and the premium brand, Fendt must offer all key machines in the product portfolio. With the Fendt Katana 65, we have taken the last big step towards becoming a full-liner," Mr Paffen said.
To design and develop the Katana 65, Mr Paffen said that the newly formed forage harvester team, which included 20 engineers, used the existing development expertise from the tractor division at Fendt.
This led to new ideas and enabled new approaches in the development of the Fendt Katana 65 forage harvester.
Boasting what the firm claims is the largest chopping cylinder in the industry at 720mm in diameter, the Katana 65 has other features such as a six-roller feeder unit from header to cylinder to even out the crop flow into the cylinder.