It had to happen. The company who developed single, twin and triple headed hay mergers is rolling out the world's first self-propelled model. You can see it in action at three upcoming ag field days. (Details at article's end)
The industry is demanding higher quality forage and more productivity, along with improved operator control and comfort, says Doug Ahrens, Oxbo Forage Product Manager. "The 4334 delivers the unique option of achieving the benefits of hay-in-a-day harvesting without ever driving over cut crop."
The front-running 34-foot continuous pickup unit gives the operator more control and maneuverability without neck-cranking, especially at headlands and field corners. Tire track crop damage is eliminated, so that pickup fingers can get the entire crop.
The prototype model was field-tested this summer by Jason Brandt, custom harvester from Mt. Joy, Pa. "Maneuverability was great," he says. "I was able to sweep in and out of corners with no backing up. That really improved our efficiency.
"One new feature that's really nice is the ability to shut the conveyors off, leaving the pickup engaged, adds Brandt. "This eliminates the trails at the end of the field, making it much easier for the chopper operator."
In-cab fingertip controls provide on-the-go adjustment with the ability to raise, lower, fold and unfold heads with a well-positioned joystick and easy-to-use controls. Heads fold to a 10-foot transport width in less than 20 seconds. And, the merger sports a 30 mph road speed.
The 4334 will be displayed and in the field demonstrations at Empire Farm Days in Seneca Falls, N.Y., Aug. 9-11; Ag Progress Days near State College, Pa., Aug. 16-18; and Ohio Farm Science Review at London, Ohio, Sept. 20-22.
Catch more details on the Oxbo website at www.oxbocorp.com.