A vast range of products, with something to suit all sizes and types of farm, means sales of Kuhn products are growing rapidly
A vast range of products, with something to suit all sizes and types of farm, means sales of Kuhn products are growing rapidly. Farmers Guide machinery editor David Williams visited two of the company’s production facilities in France and saw some of the latest products in action ahead of their official launch at Agritechnica.
The Kuhn Centre for Progress cost 6.5M Euros and is a state of the art 5,700m2 training and presentation centre due to open late in 2013.Kuhn’s first product, almost 200 years ago was weighing scales, but by the late 1800s it was producing agricultural machinery, and in 1928 was manufacturing 1,000 threshing machines per year. Now its products are shipped to approximately 80 countries through 400 dealers around the world.In 2006 it announced a target to achieve 800m euros of sales by 2015, but by 2011 was already turning over 832m. In 2012 it exceeded a billion euros of sales and is now targeting sales of 1.4 billion euros by 2020, representing a doubling of its turnover during this decade. Investment in products and facilities reflects this ambition with 150m euros due to be invested in factories and land for further development during the next three years. Research and development in its products is similarly ambitious and in 2013, 40 million was spent, with an annual budget of 55m euros anticipated by 2020, resulting in 10-15 new products per year.For Agritechnica this year, Kuhn has announced new and updated products for all sectors of the agricultural market from livestock feeders to balers, mowers, tedders and rakes, cultivation equipment, sprayers and drills.Wider front mower
A new wider front mower conditioner provides total cutting widths for Kuhn Triple combinations up to 10m, with the introduction of a new 3.5m front-mounted mower conditioner. Previously the widest total width available from the manufacturer was 8.1-8.8m, the rear outer mowers being adjustable for overlap, greater overlap required when cutting irregular shaped fields or for operating on side slopes.
The latest triple mower-conditioner combination provides working widths up to 10m.The new FC 3525 operating with FC10030 rear units offers a total cutting width from 9.5-9.9m, and the degree of overlap which can be up to 50cm is adjustable from the cab.The mower units are equipped with Kuhn Optidisc cutter bars, and the discs have different centre-to-centre distances said to provide high quality cutting and efficient ejection. The Protectadrive safety system protects mechanical components from impacts.For conditioning the rotor has retractable steel tines and conditioning intensity is adjusted by altering the rotor speed and by a system of adjustable metal vane spacing.The flexible side deflectors fold hydraulically for road transport.
Kuhn explained that very little time is needed for maintenance, as the cutter bar is maintenance-free, quick-fix knives are used and the conditioner drive is by gearbox which means there are no belts, and which provides a convenient and quick way to alter conditioner speed.The mower shown was a pre-production example, but full specification will include road and work lights. For use with a 3.0m front mower, which is expected to be more popular where road transport is an issue, a different rear headstock is fitted, which allows the rear mower units to be mounted closer together. The new 3.5m front mower will be available to special order in the UK.High density baler
Designed to produce extremely dense bales for more efficient transport and storage a new square baler, the LSB1290iD, is being launched. Demand for denser bales is growing, particularly from those dealing with energy crops, and the new baler has been shown in trials to be capable of achieving bales which are 25 per cent denser than those from the standard LSB1290.
The high density LSB1290HD square baler is designed for energy and bio-crops.The new baler uses a twin plunger system (Twinpact) which is basically two rams, one directly above the other. The lower ram compresses material in the lower half of the bale chamber, and remains positioned against the crop while the second upper ram pushes against material in the upper half of the chamber. Both rams retract together while the next lot of material is pushed up from the mechanical pre-chamber.Left: The double-action ram chamber provides 25 per cent greater density without requiring more power than the standard balers.
Because just half the volume is compressed with each ram stroke the power requirement is only the same as for the standard baler. A 60cm integral rotor provides a smooth, continuous crop flow to the pre-chamber.Kuhn engineers explained that the limiting factor in terms of bale density is twine strength and that on the high density baler double knotters are used rather than single as on the standard model. These are kept clean by hydraulic-driven blowers. Operating in grass, the high density baler achieves only the same weight bales as the standard version, the Twinpact plunger achieving the higher density in dry materials such as energy crops, straw and biomass. The company reports that this summer the baler achieved straw bale weights up to 500kg in 120x90x240 bale size.The baler is designed for heavy use and it incorporates extra wear plates to cope with abrasive dusty materials. There is capacity for thirty 12kg rolls of twine, contained within pivoting twine boxes which swing out to provide access to the pre-chamber and needle areas.
The LSB1290iD will be available in limited numbers for the 2014 working season.Double knotters are used to cope with the dense bales.New side-delivery rake
A new large width side-delivery rake was demonstrated. The GA8030 can produce a single windrow with a working width of 7.3m one-way and approximately 14m from two passes. Alternatively, producing two individual windrows the overall working width is 8.3m.Two 3.4m diameter 12-tine rotors are mounted on cardanic joints offering a high degree of articulation for accurate ground following. Drive to the rotors is mechanical and through Kuhn’s proven Masterdrive G3 gearbox.The rotors are equipped with Stabilift; a hydraulic cylinder system which automatically locks the rotors in a secure position when they are lifted, and this provides large ground clearance from 50-75cm in two-windrow position, a low centre of gravity in windrow passage position – particularly useful on steep slopes and efficient rotor lowering without damaging the sward.The GA8030 side-delivery rake in operation on the freshly-cut grass.Stabidrive is also a feature, which uses an angled pivot on the headstock to increase weight on the outer lift arm when turning and also to transfer more weight from the machine’s inner rear wheel to the bend. These combine to improve stability and safety on bends in the road as well as during tight turns in the field.The overall height of less than 4m means there is no need to remove the tine arm guards on the road.New twin-rotor central delivery Gyrorake
A new semi-mounted central-delivery high capacity grass rake was announced. The GA9531 is expected to prove popular with UK farmers, offering a raking width from 8.4-9.3m. Kuhn said it is designed for intensive use and the rotors are driven by Kuhn’s Masterdrive G3 two-stage reduction gearboxes.Windrow width is adjustable from 1.4-2.3m allowing users to get the most out of high capacity balers with wide pick-ups. Each rotor is 4m diameter with 15 double curved tine arms. The Stabilift rotor lock system secures the rotors when they are in the lift position and allows a low carrying height for transport, so only a few tine arms need removing when travelling from site to site.Rotors have 3d articulation and are each carried on six wheels for precise ground following at speed. Rotor height adjustment is by crank handle in standard specification but hydraulic adjustment from the cab is an option.Compact mixer feeders
Compact versions of its mixer feeders have been announced by Kuhn. The new Profile Compact versions are designed for use in narrow feed passages and the 14m3 model boasts an overall width at the wheels of just 1.85m, the wheels mounted partly under the body.
New compact trailed mixer-feeders are being launched.Capacities are 14, 16, 18 and 20m3 and the feeders are designed for herds of 65-130 dairy cattle. Twin vertical augers mix and chop the rations and the Kuhn KDW340 electronic weighing system is supplied on the entire range as standard, allowing rations to be produced per head or per batch. The compact models with their smaller bodies and augers are said to require just 75hp.Larger capacity self-propelled mixers
Complementing the Compact self-propelled mixer feeder waggons launched recently by Kuhn, new higher capacity versions are being introduced with 19, 22 and 25m3 hoppers.The new machines are equipped with 247hp Iveco power units and the 200hp capacity self-loading milling head, with an electronically-regulated down-stroke, adapts the loading rate to the density of the fodder and is capable of handling all feed products used including hay, straw, haylage, silage and concentrates.
Complementing the compact self-propelled mixer feeders (pictured) are new higher capacity machines.Twin vertical augers mix and chop the rations and their operating speed is adjustable allowing users to reduce fuel consumption when aggressive mixing isn’t required. A PVC cross-conveyor delivers feed to the left or right side, and an option is lateral offset or a secondary conveyor with hydraulic tilt enabling feed to be dispensed into all types of trough. Rear discharge doors can also be fitted on both sides for buildings which cannot be accessed from both ends.At higher road speeds two suspended half-axles at the front and leaf springs at the rear soak up the bumps, and the joystick-controlled ‘automotive’ drive enables engine speed to be regulated according to the load providing the potential to save fuel.Four-wheel steer is an option, for those operating in tight and congested spaces.
The Kuhn CCI touch-screen is used to keep an eye on all aspects of the machine’s performance.Sprayer news
A new larger capacity version of the Altis, the 2002, with tank capacity of 2,000 litres was shown. The Altis features an L-shaped chassis which makes it a light machine suitable for use with smaller tractors which would otherwise be able to handle sprayers of only 1,600-1,800 litres capacity explains Kuhn.
The Altis 2002 with the new PF1000 front tank/sprayer.Three control options are available; Manuset – which provides three hand-operated valves. Diluset- in which the suction valve is powered allowing filling and rinsing of the tank from the cab, and e-Set – with all valves power-operated and with which the operator selects the required function and the sprayer selects the appropriate valve positions.The valves are fully-shielded on one side and the 270-litre fresh water tank is enclosed under the covers on the other.Booms of up to 28m can be specified, but an attractive option for many users will be the tri-fold booms available in working widths of 20, 21 and 24m. The tri-fold booms fold diagonally forward at the sides of the sprayer without obscuring the view from the cab. During transport the boom is suspended allowing faster travel speeds with reduced risk of damage.
The new three-section folding booms keep weight forward without obstructing the cab windows.Front tank with extra features
Displayed with the Altis 2002 sprayer was a brand new front tank; the PF1000. The PF1000 has 1,000 litres capacity as well as a built-in 190-litre rinsing tank and is also available as a PF1500 with 1,500 litres capacity.Manufactured from polyethylene it has a built-in mixing tank and a valve operating panel and is available with its own electric or hydraulic-driven pump. Additional features include steps, front lighting and two storage compartments.
The front tank incorporates its own agitation and control system and can be equipped with electric or hydraulic-driven pumps.Kuhn describes the front tank unit as a sprayer, as it can be used independently of the rear tank if required, holding a different product to the rear tank. With its high specification and control features it can also be used with other machines, such as a seed drill, to optimise work times.Its main use is likely to be as a standard front tank for use with the rear mounted sprayer, the 1,500-litre version working with the Altis 2,000-litre capacity sprayer providing total capacity of 3,500 litres. Kuhn said this makes it a viable and cost-effective alternative to a trailed or small self-propelled sprayer.Added flexibility for drilling
Kuhn demonstrated its power harrow-mounted seeder combination at the event. With seed supplied from a 2,000-litre capacity front hopper, the 6m heavy-duty folding power harrow is followed by a Seedflex coulter bar to which seed is metered through an electronic metering unit controlled through a Quantron S2 box. At present the combination is not Isobus-compatible but this is expected to be an option for the future.
The TF1500 front hopper holds 2,000 litres of fertiliser or seed. It has a stainless steel metering unit and supplies seed to the coulters at the rear of the power harrow.The TF1500 front hopper has a low height which makes filling convenient and minimises its effect on front visibility. It can be fitted with either an integrated front packer to press the soil between the tractor wheels or with a carrying frame on which a load up to 1,200kg can be added if necessary for use with a heavy rear drill. The metering mechanism is stainless steel making it suitable for use with fertilisers and a special hopper paint finish helps protect against corrosion.The power harrow is the HR6004 6m folding model, and is from the heaviest duty range manufactured by Kuhn. The gearbox is rated for tractors up to 350hp.At the rear of the power harrow is the Seedflex seed bar which is mounted on the rear packer. This means it is easy to adjust the operation of the power harrow without upsetting the seed coulters. The coulters are mounted on parallelogram linkages and pressure is adjustable up to 45kg per unit.
High seeding quality and work output is promised by Kuhn for its CSC6000 power harrow and TF1500 front mounted seed hopper combination.The power harrow can be operated without the seedbar when required ensuring maximum versatility of the system, and Kuhn points out that the combination is suitable for use on min-tilled or ploughed land.Helping ensure compliance with road transport regulations, a removable transport frame assembly is available. Incorporating two large bogey wheels, the frame attaches to the rear of the power harrow seedbar combination and takes much of the machine’s 5.4t weight, reducing the tractor’s rear axle loading. It is fitted and removed in under two minutes.The cost of the complete power harrow, seed coulter and front hopper combination is approximately 72,000Cultimer cultivator range increased
Originally launched only in a 5m working width, the trailed Cultimer L tine stubble cultivator was shown in France in a new 4m version and is also available in a larger 6m working width.
The Cultimer has three rows of tines and is designed for shallow, medium and deep cultivation down to 35cm making it ideal for autumn, winter and spring soil preparation.
The Cultimer L in operation on grassland at the event.The new L version features an articulated drawbar, three rows of tines, a row of levelling discs and a roller. Various points are available; a 350mm duck foot share for shallow stubble cultivation down from 3-7cm, an 80mm point with 350mm fins for stubble cultivation down to 15cm, the 80mm point without wings for deep tillage down to 35cm, or a new narrow 50mm point for breaking or stubble cultivations in hard soil while reducing the power requirement. Under-body clearance is a generous 85cm allowing plenty of space for trash.The range of alternative packers includes light T-Liner rollers or heavy HD-Liner 600 rollers.
The cultivation tines have non-stop double-spring break-back protection with a high release force of 600kg, and which allows the tine to rise 30cm to clear obstructions. Also able to move 15cm to the left or right, they can move around obstacles maintaining the deep loosening action when working in stony ground.Adjustment of the roller and front wheels is by spacers and requires no tools and the levelling discs are adjusted by crank handle.At the event, the cultivator working on hard grassland achieved a good tilth in one pass, with thorough mixing of soil and turf.Performer tine and disc combination
Launched in the UK at Cereals this y