Which 3m front and rear mowerconditioners?

What make would you go for?

  • Claas

    Votes: 36 34.0%
  • KV

    Votes: 3 2.8%
  • Krone

    Votes: 20 18.9%
  • MF

    Votes: 1 0.9%
  • McHale

    Votes: 1 0.9%
  • Pottinger

    Votes: 26 24.5%
  • Sip

    Votes: 3 2.8%
  • JD

    Votes: 16 15.1%

  • Total voters
    106

Barleycorn

Member
BASE UK Member
Location
Hampshire
Looking at a set of 3 m mower conditioners. Had quotes for these. All dealers that I'm happy to deal with, and prices not all that different from each other. Which way to jump?
 

Half Pipe

Member
McHale rear mounted is 1470kg,
New style vertical fold JD 1475kg
May depend where weight actually is tho.
The older style swing round JD was good bit lighter at 1145kg
They were good mowers! Just bit clumsy folding out the back
 
I find it Interesting that only a few years ago the McHale was becoming the mower to beat, they don’t even have one vote at the moment, owning one I know why!
I think mchale rushed their mowers out into the market before they were really ready for market, it backfired as they had issues which lads didn’t like, as far as I know they have since modified the faults and they are now going well, but it’s a competitive market and a hard hill to climb a second time .
 

Farmer_Joe

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
The North
McHale rear mounted is 1470kg,
New style vertical fold JD 1475kg
May depend where weight actually is tho.
The older style swing round JD was good bit lighter at 1145kg
They were good mowers! Just bit clumsy folding out the back
ive got an old 328 fold round jd mower and think it great, sorry help the op much sorry!

residuals is prob worth considering,

dont pottinger have some weird bed design with a drive key down the bed rather than cogs or is that another brand?
 

Andrew

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Huntingdon, UK
ive got an old 328 fold round jd mower and think it great, sorry help the op much sorry!

residuals is prob worth considering,

dont pottinger have some weird bed design with a drive key down the bed rather than cogs or is that another brand?
Thats Lely. Hated ours with a passion. Still have nightmares about them 8 years after they went down the road 😂
 
ive got an old 328 fold round jd mower and think it great, sorry help the op much sorry!

residuals is prob worth considering,

dont pottinger have some weird bed design with a drive key down the bed rather than cogs or is that another brand?
No pottinger have good big even gears which do get a good grip of one another , it’s a pith they didn’t put more steel in the bed housing, I broke a bed and I was surprised how light the shell was .
 

Martin Holden

Member
Grassland Exhibitor
Location
Cheltenham
Residual on machinery like mowers, tedders and rakes are becoming less of an issue these days as ex Contractor models are more difficult to sell as smaller operators cant handle the wider sizes and many farmers now tend to buy new anyway. Some will be exported I guess but in the main the used market isn’t what it was. What creates residual values? Population of the brand, dealers, spare part availability etc etc. All these things are important. Again, most modern day machines are way more reliable than 30 years ago (I know this from experience in the trade) so many older machines as long as wearing parts are replaced when required can have a long life
 

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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