A new 17 metre grass tedder offering output potential in excess of 12 ha/hour was launched by Kuhn Farm Machinery at Grassland & Muck 2008
Fitted with 16 small diameter rotors that allow a relatively steep rotor pitch angle and good ground-following characteristics, the GF17002 Gyrotedder is designed to provide exceptional and consistent tedding quality over the full working width. This results in reduced crop drying times, thereby limiting sugar loss and increasing the quality of harvested fodder.
The rotors are driven by Kuhn’s Digidrive multiple finger coupling system, which allows constant power transmission at any angle from 0 to 100 degrees. This ensures a consistent tedding action even in uneven fields and enables the tedder to be folded very narrow for transport and storage, with no risk of damage to the drive train even if the PTO is accidentally engaged.
The GF17002 is fitted with a transport undercarriage and a carrying frame to enable safe travel at high speed. This design also reduces potential stresses on working elements during transport. Overall manoeuverability is also enhanced due to the ability to raise the rotors.
Despite its dimensions at work, the GF17002 folds down to 7.0m (23ft) long, 2.5m (8’2”) high and 2.4m (7’10”) wide for transport enabling the machine to be used in very remote, poor access fields.
In additional to the GF 17002, Kuhn has also launched a 13 metre and 12-rotor version of this machine that offers a field output of 10 ha/hr. In transport the GF 13002 is 6.50m (21’32”) long, 2.68m (8’79”) high and 2.40m (7’87”) wide.
Prices of the GF 13001 and GF 17002 start at £26,232 and £31,940 respectively.