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Hesston goes bigger on RazorEdge mower conditioner

Hesston by Massey Ferguson's new MF1316S RazorEdge mower conditioner. (Photo courtesy Agco)

Agco’s Hesston by Massey Ferguson brand has one-upped itself on the 1300 series of RazorEdge pull-type disc mower conditioners it introduced last year.

Hesston, at the 2019 Farm Progress Show (U.S.), introduced the MF1316S, which it said replaces last year’s MF1395 as the largest of the 1300 series.

While both the 1316S and 1395 come in at 16 feet, the company said its new 1316S model has been designed for higher throughput, with belt-drive augers at the ends of its header to move crop “quickly” to the conditioners, reducing the risk of double cuts, crop wrapping and buildup.

“The result is uniform windrows that dry faster and more evenly, enhancing the baler operator’s ability to form a heavy, dense, evenly shaped bale while preserving the quality of hay or forage,” the company said in a release.

“The new design of the MF1316S disc mower conditioner improves the machine’s performance for maximum crop throughput and a uniform, quick-drying windrow behind the machine,” Matt LeCroy, Agco’s hay and forage product marketing manager, said in the release.

“Our goal is to help producers create a wide, flat windrow for fast drydown. The result is higher quality hay and forage for your livestock and your customers.”

The RazorEdge cutterbar “ensures a smooth, clean cut,” Agco said, while the “industry-exclusive” hydraulically tensioned conditioner system on the MF1316S reduces drying time to optimize crop quality.

The new unit’s optional quick-change knife system, with “the only one-handed quick-change tool in the industry,” is meant to improve operator convenience and safety, the company added.

Other new design elements on the MF1316S including belt-drive stub augers at the ends of the header to improve crop feeding into the conditioner rolls, and fully enclosed crop conveyors (cages) outside the augers to prevent crop wrapping and buildup.

“Moving the crop quickly from the outside discs to the conditioner means a cleaner cut, less chance for double cutting, better windrow formation and less opportunity for leaf damage,” Agco said.

Operators can get to the drive belts for the new auger headers through a new side panel for quick and easy servicing, the company added, and a new drive-belt system uses a self-adjusting spring tensioner so operators can more easily set and maintain optimum belt tension.

The 1300 series’ RazorEdge cutterbar has a spur gear design which is meant to provide a thin profile and close cutting without tilting the header to minimize scalping, thereby limiting dirt and debris in the crop to optimize feed value, Agco said.

Operators can remove the gears easily without having to split the cutterbar, and counter-rotating discs provide improved cut quality while minimizing crop streaking, the company added.

Each RazorEdge mower conditioner comes factory-equipped with 18-degree “high lift” bottom-bevel Radura knives, made in a “cold-rolled” process for a wear-resistant edge that maintains its sharpness longer than ground-edge knives, Agco said.

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