Just In, still to be put through our workshop. In working order, used this season Old dealer stock machine which has only just come out of warranty with the customer. •Working width (m): 2.80, •Conditioner: Nylon tines, •Transport width (m): 2.40, •Weight, total (kgs): 1070, •Number of di...
The mower-conditioner, or MoCo as it is often known, is a hybrid piece of machinery that combines mowing and conditioning.Read More
The mower-conditioner, or MoCo as it is often known, is a hybrid piece of machinery that combines mowing and conditioning.
Drum mowers have two or three plates of about 36” diameter which spin and cut as they traverse the ground. The sickle bar type of mower has an advantage over these two in the reduced horsepower it requires to operate. It also has disadvantages, however, in that it has more moving parts and requires more maintenance. Disc mowers are simpler, but the construction of early models means that if one part breaks, the whole unit is affected. This has been addressed in more modern examples. Drum mowers have a more component-based construction and can be cheaper to fix.
The conditioner part of the machine also comes in three main types. These are flail conditioners, rubber-roller conditioners and steel-roller conditioners. Both roller type conditioners are similar to the original standalone machines insofar as they consist of two opposing rollers with an interlocking chevron pattern to crush the hay. This raised chevron pattern is either rubber or steel and both models have a steel shaft. The flail conditioner has a pattern of steel V-shaped spines on the shaft which beat the hay against the top of the machine. The flail conditioner also has the advantage of reducing drying time by removing the waxy surface on the hay.
The first MoCo was the Haybine, which married a sickle bar mower to a hay conditioner. These are now produced by New Holland and are branded as the Discbine, as they now use disc mowers. Now, however, many of the big manufacturers, such as John Deere and Kuhn, offer a range of mower-conditioners. Aside from the actual mowing and conditioning technologies deployed, there are a number of other factors to consider in choosing the right MoCo. Mower-conditioners can be mounted on the tractor. They come as either front or rear single- or double-mounted units and can actually be used in combination with each other to provide the maximum working area. Mower-conditioners can also be trailed and come as side pull or rear centre pivot pull configurations.
The technology involved in mower-conditioners is reasonably basic and the machines tend to be robust. Having decided on the technology that best suits your land and the size of MoCo or combination of machines, it is a matter of looking at service intervals, reliability records and residual values. With some sensible choices, there is little to get in the way of enjoying long and reliable service from a used mower-conditioner.