Farm machinery: Here come the wagons
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.
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.