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Thursday 22 March 2018

Pottinger to showcase new wave of Novacat mowers at Gurteen event

Next generation: Pottinger will be working its new Novacat 262 and 302 mowers at the FTMTA Grass and Muck show which takes place in Gurteen Agricultural College in Tipperary tomorrow
Next generation: Pottinger will be working its new Novacat 262 and 302 mowers at the FTMTA Grass and Muck show which takes place in Gurteen Agricultural College in Tipperary tomorrow
Derek Casey

Derek Casey

Pottinger will be working its two new generation Novacat 262 and 302 mowers at FTMTA Grass and Muck 2014, which takes place tomorrow in Gurteen Agricultural College.

The two new rear-mounted Pottinger mowers have working widths of 2.62 and 3.04m. Pottinger says the key feature on these two models is the unique hydraulic lower linkage arm that enables easy mounting without having to adjust the tractor hitch struts.

Using the hydraulic lower linkage arm, the headstock can always be brought into the correct horizontal position.

In addition, this system optimises weight alleviation as well as providing excellent ground clearance (50cm on the inside) for headland turns and transport on the road.

The heart of both mowers is the proven Novacat cutter bar with quick-change knife system as standard.

Slanted cone surfaces, optimised counter-chop zone and optimised overlap of the knife paths ensure efficient crop flow, cutting quality and at the same time optimum protection of the sward.

Both the 262 and 302 models feature hydraulic weight alleviation.

Lifting and alleviation are operated using completely separate systems.

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A clearly visible pressure gauge is fitted to the mower frame and the ground pressure can be adjusted progressively if needed using a double-acting remote valve.

The centre pivot suspension on both models enables a freedom of movement of +/- 22 degrees. The mower unit is stabilised by a small cylinder to cancel out oscillation. This makes turning easier and ensures safety and stability at the headland and during transport.

If the mower impacts an obstruction during operation, a collision protection system allows it to deviate by 15 degrees to the rear.

For ease of maintenance the jointed shafts have an extended service interval (150 hours) and the safety guards fold well clear to provide optimum access to the cutter bar for quick and easy knife changes.

The tine conditioner is fitted with the new design of steel tines mounted on rubber elements to guarantee an extended service life.

The new position of the intake plate and the rounded geometry of the conditioner hood ensure smooth crop flow and uniform forage placement.


This ensures a rapid and consistent drying sequence. The conditioner is very easy to maintain thanks to the external lubrication line for the rotor and the easily accessible drive belt tensioner.

Another new range from Pottinger set to debut at FTMTA Grass and Muck are the Pottinger dual rakes with centre swath placement.

Farmers and contractors will see that these rakes have been developed to deliver manoeuvrability and protection of the ground and forage.

Connection to the tractor is via a yoke tube. A practical PTO shaft holder and hose harness are provided to create a tidily laid out headstock.

All models feature a steering angle of 73 degrees with a turning angle indicator. High manoeuvrability of the rake is ensured thanks to a single wide angle PTO shaft and a 200mm shorter frame.

The new rotor design sees a diameter of 2.8m used on the Top 612 C, 3.07m on the Top 702 C and 3.3m on the Top 762 C.

On the latter two models Pottinger offers the largest cam track diameter of 420mm and a tine arm bearing spacing of 600mm. The smaller Top 612 C features a cam track diameter of 350mm.

The tine arms are easy to replace using just two bolts so that if a collision should occur, a damaged tine arm can be replaced quickly.

The cam track can be adjusted according to changing forage quantities and harvesting conditions.

The rotor transmission unit sees its gears submerged in oil and completely sealed. A large diameter gear wheel guarantees smooth running and a long service life.

The transport height is below four metres on all models, without having to remove the tine arms.

These machines are also narrow during transport with a width of just 2.55m, for quick and safe transfer from one field to the next.


For the highest stability on slopes, the chassis frame is available with an outside width of either 2.55m or 2.9m.

Pottinger offers a wide selection of rotor chassis: from the standard three-wheel chassis, through to the five-wheel tandem axle version.

Adjustment of the transverse angle of the chassis is possible using offset bolts.

With the Top 702 C and Top 762 C models the chassis follows precisely in the tractor's tracks thanks to the steered axles.

The steering linkages are maintenance free. Lighting and fenders are supplied as standard.

The Top 612 C is supplied with a rigid chassis – steered axles are available as an option.

A selection of different tyre options is also available to ideally match individual operating conditions.

Operation is simple; the rotors are raised using a single acting hydraulic connection, while working width adjustment is powered by a double acting connection with a working width indicator.

A flow splitter is also available for uniform lifting and individual lifting (including in combination).

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