Maschio flail toppers.

Ali_Maxxum

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Location
Chepstow, Wales
Anyone got one? Or used one?

Looking at a new 2.5m Bisonte or a Bufalo. The two are identical from what I can gather other than the Bufalo has a slightly different head stock and bit heavier drive for 200hp machines and is about 250kg heavier. I'm running 130hp 4 pot with f/l and pto. Mainly pasture topping but seem to venturing into more and more clearance work with scrub and small trees, etc.

Think it's just got the edge on a Teagle/Berti and can't seem to speak to anyone direct who knows the product well from Kuhn.

Was looking at a Kuhn BPR 240 but can't get to see the thing itself and it's not the sort of thing I want to wing.

Just thought of another thing hence the 'edit'... Maschio put the cuttings in front on the roller and squash it with the roller to, what they say, speed up the break down, where as most others fire it over and behind the roller.... also their belt tensioning is required to be done manually as they don't particularly think auto tension is the way to go....

Thanks for any responses!
 
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Goweresque

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North Wilts
Have had a 2.8m Maschio from new for well over 10 years now, was mostly used to cut arable margins, so not overworked, but has done enough work to justify me welding a new set of skids on it. Have had no problems with it, its all still working as well as when it arrived. The only negative thing I could say was that when cutting brush near hedges there is a tendency to pick up material (especially brambles) and you end up with a big heap stuck under the skid, meaning you have to reverse and drop it off periodically. This could be fixed with a bit of welding to create a push down bar to make sure material goes under the skid, not getting caught on it.
 

Longneck

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Had a new 2.8m maschio flail last year, I think it's a buffalo.
It's been a good machine so far and seems as well built as the Kuhn VKM.
 
We've got a Bisonte 280 and a Girrafona 260.

The only thing I've managed to bend on the Bisonte is the slide down guard on the back - admittedly I did reverse into an old tree stump, so not exactly the machines fault. It's also eaten a sheet of hidden reinforcement mesh :eek: and suffered no lasting damage, other than a set of belts eventually. I mostly use it on the back but it can go up front too which is handy.

My only slight criticism of the Bisonte is the offsetting slider tube is or at least was simply painted on the Maschios (but appears to be either chromed or greased steel on some other makes). Otherwise good solid body construction, good B&P gearbox, pulley and belt arrangement is solid and the rotor assy can stand a fair bit of abuse.
 

Ali_Maxxum

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Location
Chepstow, Wales
We've got a Bisonte 280 and a Girrafona 260.

The only thing I've managed to bend on the Bisonte is the slide down guard on the back - admittedly I did reverse into an old tree stump, so not exactly the machines fault. It's also eaten a sheet of hidden reinforcement mesh :eek: and suffered no lasting damage, other than a set of belts eventually. I mostly use it on the back but it can go up front too which is handy.

My only slight criticism of the Bisonte is the offsetting slider tube is or at least was simply painted on the Maschios (but appears to be either chromed or greased steel on some other makes). Otherwise good solid body construction, good B&P gearbox, pulley and belt arrangement is solid and the rotor assy can stand a fair bit of abuse.
Sounds good to me! Yes the Bufalo side shift tubes are greased steel, was planning on just greasing on the painted tubes anyway if we go for the Bisonte. Our Kuhn VKR 230 has taken some welly in the 11 years we've had it and hasn't ever grumbled so I can imagine the Maschio would take the same and more no sweat!
 
Sounds good to me! Yes the Bufalo side shift tubes are greased steel, was planning on just greasing on the painted tubes anyway if we go for the Bisonte. Our Kuhn VKR 230 has taken some welly in the 11 years we've had it and hasn't ever grumbled so I can imagine the Maschio would take the same and more no sweat!
I wouldn't worry about the manual belt adjustment either. In fact I think is preferable over an automated solution. They don't really need adjustment that often.
 

Ali_Maxxum

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Location
Chepstow, Wales
I wouldn't worry about the manual belt adjustment either. In fact I think is preferable over an automated solution. They don't really need adjustment that often.
The rep explained why their system was better than auto tension and it made sense to me. Looks to be only adjustment at the pulley end and not the gear box end as well which we couldn't quite fathom...

Toothed belts meaning no slippage but hopefully won't transfer added stress to clutches?
 

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