Which mowers are cutting 3000 acres a year for this Co.Westmeath contractor?
Ultan Duffy from Ballinahown, Co. Westmeath is an agricultural contractor running three Krone mowers; an ECR320 front mower and an ECR320 rear mower as well as an older mower all bought from Tom Shaw Farm Machinery. “I traded in a 1365 trailed and changed to the Krone front and back. Tom Shaw is my local dealer and being buying machinery off him for the last few years so I have a good relationship with them and was happy to move to the Krone.” Ultan explained
KRONE mower combinations offer farmers and contractors the specification and operator comfort they deserve, a large work width and enormous efficiency as well as ease of operation, excellent handling, and minimal maintenance.
“The front and back mower set-up would average about 2000 acres a year and is just heading into its third season and the older Krone mower is just starting its fourth season cutting about 1000 acres a year.” Ultan explained. The mowers are “very simple to use, we’re driving the front and back mowers with a MF 7620 running at its ease.” Ultan stated “The third mower is usually pulled with a NH 210.”
The EasyCut 320 mowers are high capacity mowers of 3m working width. Farmers and contractors today are required to produce more with less, to maximise efficiency and to operate more profitably, the EasyCut mowers enable this.
“With the front and back mowers you’d definitely do 100 acres a day and that would be with a lot of transporting from field to field. Running the two of them you’d be getting 150acres a day no problem at all.”
Maintaining a consistent pressure across the entire working width of the mower is key to Krone’s famous ‘clean cut’.
“Very clean cutting, especially in heavy meadows and lodged meadows, we’ve never had a problem with them yet.” Ultan explained.
A clean cut is essential for producing quality forage. It is the results of the special design of the cutterbar and the suspension system that provide a clean cut.
All EasyCut KRONE Mowers come as standard with the unique KRONE DuoGrip suspension system. This system suspends the disc mower in its centre of gravity which allows it to float on even the most hilly terrain.
Unlike other mower beds, the Krone mower features a one-piece fully welded wedge-shaped casing made of heavy gauge steel for huge strength and durability.
Maintaining this consistent ground pressure across the full working width combined with the wedge-shaped cutterbar is what guarantees the cleanest cut.
The SafeCut system has been tried and tested in Ireland for many years. The patented system protects the disc and complete driveline. On impact, the roll-pin shears and the disc spins up and out of the way of neighbouring discs. 10 minutes and a 20c part gets you back working and could save thousands in repairs.
The Krone EasyCut mower is also protected by a b
reak-back system as standard. On impact with an obstacle the mower swings backwards and upwards in a 140cm arc before returning automatically to its working position.
Ultan explained “we’ve had to put no parts into the front and back mower so far. Have put a few small bits in the older mower but just wear and tear because it’s an older mower.”
In four seasons of mowing grass “basically all I’ve had to buy is blades, a couple of conditioner tines for the old mower and one or two stone guards and that’s it. No real parts bought for any of them so far.”
Convenient to Transport
Thanks to their ability to fold way past 90° over the back of the tractor for road travel, it makes the ECR320CV mower good to travel narrow roads with and distributes the weight evenly across the axle instead of leaning to one side.
“For transport you wouldn’t know the back mowers were behind you, very easy to get in and out”
Farmhand became the exclusive Irish importer for KRONE in 1962. According to Stephen Scrivener, Sales and Marketing Director for Farmhand the success of all KRONE disc mowers is based on a clean cut, reasonably priced wear parts and unmatched longevity. “KRONE mowers have been our star product over the last 10 years. They might be built in Germany but they are clearly designed for tough Irish conditions” claims Stephen Scrivener.
For more information contact Cormac Megaw on +353 87 905 5393