thanks so how much hp would the smaller wagons need 120/130 hp ? or more.We are in season 6 and 4 different contractors as they seem to sell the wagon after they have been to us . Distance is 100 yards to a mile away from the pit.
Clearance is 4-6 acres an hour. Even a smaller wagon would easily do 25 acres in a short day. I would find a contractor if possible as you need plenty HP up front. We cut and ted around 100 acres. Used to hire a buckrake but bought a decent used one so no hassles and only need to arrange the wagon and rowing man.
It is longer chop and buckraking is harder. However, no problem or expense getting 3 or 4 trailers now. Only one machine running over the ground and if you have some awkward corners the grass still goes in the wagon and not blasted over the trailer.
I am surprised more do not use them though I see a dairy farm has got their own now.
I read in the past that they are far more efficient fuel wise, so I think in the future they will become more the norm as diesel goes up in priceI just bought a Krone AX 250GL for 26K working it with my 135hp 313 Fendt. because it was just small bouts I was running at like 12kph sometimes more without breaking a sweat well until your trying to get that last little bit in the trailer and trying to go up a hill then she fairly notices
Cleared 12 acres without rowing up at about 6-7 ton an acre in a day at 2 miles away so should easily cope with 20 @ 10 ton an acre next to the farm.
Used 8.7L of fuel per load.
I suspect you will really struggle to find anything decent for less than 20k.
Hoping to get a auto rower for the mower to make 6m bouts.
Yeah it seems like a no brainer I used at least half the fuel than if I had done it with the forage blower
We average for the complete outfit from mowing to the loader on the pit an average of 14 litres per acre , Sp outfits are double this, last week I had the perfect example of the differance in efficiency of the wagon versus a trail led harvestor, a neighbour has a jf900 and it broke down, he draws in with 4 14 ft trailers , 3 tractors drawing in . I went in with the jumbo 7210 wagon which is a big machine , it brought the same as 4 of his trailer loads , I was bringing 3 acres in every load , it was a 3 mile draw and I completed it a lot quicker than he could with 3 tractors drawing and a tractor on the harvestor . With the bigger wagons lads are amazed at how fast we can clear grass now. The tractor on the wagon will use less fuel than a tractor on a trailer harvestor , the differance is that that includes drawing in As well.I read in the past that they are far more efficient fuel wise, so I think in the future they will become more the norm as diesel goes up in price