What is the advantage of a mower conditioner?

The conditioning system on the mower-conditioner is intended to crack, split or abrade the plant stem to provide easy routes for the plant water to escape, helping to overcome the natural tendency of the plant to hold onto water.

How much horsepower does it take to run a mower conditioner?

A new 9 ft cut disc mower/conditioner with rubber rolls from NH calls for 65 HP. But if you move up to the 10 foot cut NH, minimum HP is 80. Keep in mind that these ratings are for ideal conditions (flat land, uniform crop, etc.) and running at pretty high ground speeds.

Is a mower conditioner the same as a Haybine?

Haybine is the brand name of the first mower-conditioner. It combined the sickle bar mower and the hay conditioner to promote faster drying hay all in one process. The current versions produced by New Holland are branded the Discbine, since they now feature faster disc mowers.

What is a mower conditioner Windrower?

Mower conditioners and windrowers are used to cut, condition, and/or arrange hay and grain crops into windrows for quicker drying and easier harvesting and baling. They are available in mounted, pull-type, and self-propelled configurations.

What is a John Deere mower conditioner?

The John Deere S250, S300, S350, C300, C350 and C400 Mower-Conditioners give you the ability for wider windrows, thanks to the forming vanes. These wider windrows help the crop dry down faster, preserving the quality of the hay and giving you more time to bale before Mother Nature strikes.

What is a disk mower?

Disc mowers were invented as a logical progression from the sickle bar design. Instead of blades moving back and forth on the cutter bar though, they are mounted on several small discs that rotate at high speeds, mounted on top of the cutter bar. Generally, there are 2 free-swinging blades bolted to each disc.

What do farmers use to cut hay?

Three of the most popular options for cutting include a rotary mower, sickle cutter and mower conditioners. However, we recommend using a rotary mower, also known as a disk cutter, for a smaller outfit.

Do you need a conditioner for grass hay?

Conditioning will enhance the speed of haylage drying in a wide swath from 0 to 4 hours. However, conditioning is imperative for haylage not put into a wide swath and for hay making. Conditioning is most effective if the conditioner is properly adjusted (about 5 percent leaf bruising).

Do you need a hay conditioner?

Over the years, studies have shown that the drying rate of a hay crop is 15-25% faster when a conditioner is used. The difference in drying rate is most pronounced in the first 12 hours after cutting, which is very helpful in reducing respiration losses.

How much horsepower do you need to run a Discbine?

The 540-rpm drive and low horsepower requirement mean you can mow and condition your crop for fast drying with as little as 65 PTO horsepower. A straight tongue with a clevis hitch is featured on both models. These two models make a 10′ 4” cut and require only 80 PTO horsepower for operation.

How much horsepower does a Discbine need?

In New Hollands case both the ten ft discbines call for 80 hp minimum. When mowing thick down mangled hay the flails will grab the hay before its cut also sometimes.