New Holland’s redesigned Speedrower PLUS Series windrower models were launched recently, boasting more productivity, geared for the commercial hay operation or livestock producers putting up a lot of hay.
Jordan Milewski says that first off, the new models were designed for more acres per hour. “This machine can offer producers an in-field speed of up to 20 miles per hour,” he says.
Not only can the new models offer speed, but also a new drive-by-wire ground drive system — ground drive pumps and wheel motors are precisely controlled to maintain a straight course with less manual steering. Operators can mow faster, longer and straighter with less fatigue resulting in more acres cut per day, says the company.
“That drive-by-wire system, it’s like going from analog to digital,” says Milewski. It also brings in the option of more precision tools, working seamlessly with the IntelliSteer Autoguide feature up to the full 20 mph capacity.
IntelliView IV touch screen display comes standard in the Speedrower PLUS models. The company says that their headland management automation can reduce operator fatigue by making repetitive headland turns effortless with a simple button. Productivity can remain high by putting ground speed, header, and merger lift control all in one place.
Automation is further built in by providing two options, performance or economy.
“If you have lighter grass hay and there’s no reason to run the engine at full speed, cause you don’t have high tons, you can really save a little there too as well,” says Milewski.
As for tough conditions, Milkewski says “we called it a DuraBine when we introduced it originally, for a lot of good reasons.” Modifications to the modular disc head bar include knife overlap and increased knife tip speed, so in lighter conditions, the bar cuts cleanly, getting every ton.
The new Speedrower PLUS models are available to order now and are expected to ship out in the fourth quarter.