Best Plain Disc Mower?

rdr123

Member
Location
Cornwall
Looking at getting a plain disc mower (no conditioner), as should be able to get one that's 13ft-14ft, mow quicker and generally less to go wrong (hopefully!). We have a 6 star tedder to turn it if needed.

Are there any makes that are better than others or some that really should be avoided?

Thanks.
 

Sid

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
South Molton
That's over 4m , even as a straight mower that's a fair way out.....and up when folded.

We ran a Lely for year did the job but blade replacement was constant.

Now have straight pottinger front and rear.
Better built machine and blades last years.

It's also about matching your mower rows to stars on tedder.
Krone have a useful chart in their online mower brochure to help match up.
 

rdr123

Member
Location
Cornwall
That's over 4m , even as a straight mower that's a fair way out.....and up when folded.

We ran a Lely for year did the job but blade replacement was constant.

Now have straight pottinger front and rear.
Better built machine and blades last years.

It's also about matching your mower rows to stars on tedder.
Krone have a useful chart in their online mower brochure to help match up.
Yeah the ones over 12ft are usually out behind the tractor not fold up. Hear very mixed reviews on lely.....usually not so good! Ah interesting didn't think about that, cheers.
 

icanshootwell

Member
Location
Ross-on-wye
Looking at getting a plain disc mower (no conditioner), as should be able to get one that's 13ft-14ft, mow quicker and generally less to go wrong (hopefully!). We have a 6 star tedder to turn it if needed.

Are there any makes that are better than others or some that really should be avoided?

Thanks.
I have a Kuhn gmz 3.2 metres, that s plenty tall enough when folded up. Mower run's ok but I never enjoy hitching to tractor, it's one of those you have to be perfect in alignment. I would probably have a krone or McHale next.
 

Triangle

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Dorset
We have a jhondeere new vertical fold is super easy to hitch up and verry nice to use always worried as never had a mounted before and feared itd be the same a hitching the headge trimmer on definitely not the case nerly as easy or easyer
 
Tedding out wide rows is normally not ideal and tedders also often struggle to pick up grass out of a straight mower as it sits on the ground more if you get what I mean. Trying to ted after our 3.2 meter plain mower can be a pain at times.
 

Optimus

Member
Looking at getting a plain disc mower (no conditioner), as should be able to get one that's 13ft-14ft, mow quicker and generally less to go wrong (hopefully!). We have a 6 star tedder to turn it if needed.

Are there any makes that are better than others or some that really should be avoided?

Thanks.
Had a vicon plain disc for a couple of years.did a tidy job.think it was 3.2m.
 

Sid

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
South Molton
Tedding out wide rows is normally not ideal and tedders also often struggle to pick up grass out of a straight mower as it sits on the ground more if you get what I mean. Trying to ted after our 3.2 meter plain mower can be a pain at times.
Does depend on rotor size and matching the rows up.
 

Cornish bob

Member
Livestock Farmer
Had a 4m kuhn for years no problems, only down side its like transporting a 6 f plough with the tail swing. It matches perfectly to a 8m tedder and doesn't strain the tedder due to being spread out fully to start with
 

vantage

Member
Location
Pembs
I’ve got a 4m Krone. Pretty robust, good paint, folds to the rear of the tractor like a plough, hydraulic top link essential unless you want to remodel gates, banks and hedges.
It makes two 2m rows as it has ”top hats” in the centre of the bed.
 

Stw88

Member
Location
Northumberland
Vicon plain disc mowers are very good. 3 blades per disc so they last so much longer, got a front and back set up and can’t fault them. They used to make a 4m one that would leave 2 swaths.
 

Martin Holden

Member
Grassland Exhibitor
Location
Cheltenham
We have a jhondeere new vertical fold is super easy to hitch up and verry nice to use always worried as never had a mounted before and feared itd be the same a hitching the headge trimmer on definitely not the case nerly as easy or easyer
The OP asked about plain disc mowers. You refer to a moco’
 

6190r

Member
Sorry wouldn’t have a plain mower given me, makes life harder for the Tedder and rake, we row some up for a customer with a plain mower! Rake man either has to reduced speed or alter rake to pick everything up, 🙈🙈
 
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Classichay

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
The moon
Kuhn or pottinger or krone or vicon, kv, malone like everything when they get worn out abit output drops! But that’s what you pay for in a main brand.
 

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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