Mower power from Mayo innovators
McHale's have bounced back from a fire at their factory to unveil two impressive new machines
Published 07/10/2015 | 02:30
After a tough year which saw a factory fire damage the firm's Ballinrobe plant, it was good to see McHale bounce back at the National Ploughing Championships.
Two impressive machines were unveiled by the Mayo grass men, and both will be of big interest to contractors and farmers. The new models are a long-awaited front and rear silage mower combination, and a high output bale wrapper.
Let's look at the front mower first. McHale's team have designed the frame on their new Pro Glide front mower to place the centre of gravity as close as possible to the tractor. This results in excellent responsiveness to changes in ground conditions. The support frame responds to uneven terrain to glide over the ground through the use of an integrated suspension.
An integrated suspension allows the mowing unit to move completely independently from the front linkage. At standard settings the cutter bar has a remarkable 500mm adaptive range, which allows the mower to automatically adjust to ground contours.
When faced with an incline or decline in ground conditions the cutter bar automatically adjusts its mowing angle by inclining upwards over bumps and slanting downwards into a dip.
The Pro Glide tubular support frame is designed to maximise the cutter bars clearance for headland turns and when in transport.
When raised the mower has an impressive clearance of over 600mm between the bottom of the cutter bar and the ground (this will vary depending on tractor type and tyres) Stabiliser stops built into the tubular frame keep the mower centred during transport.