Pöttinger, the Austrian manufacturer of agricultural machinery, is adding another highlight to its already extensive range of mowers. The new NOVACAT 402 ED with a working width of 3.88m is claimed to be the biggest rear-mounted mower with conditioner on the market.
Fast, uniform drying
On the NOVACAT 402 ED the ED tine conditioner claims light and uniform forage placement. The name ED (extra dry) is the guarantee. The V-shaped tines of hardened steel are mounted on rubber blocks for an extended service life. The tines hit the stalks in the crop. The round, high-volume conditioner hood and the adjustable guide vanes enable placement of a loose and airy blanket as well as rapid and uniform drying. Conditioning intensity is adjustable. Depending on individual requirements, a widely spread blanket or swath formation is possible. A new feature on the NOVACAT 402 ED is the lightweight conditioner hood which consists partly of aluminium.
The hydraulic lower linkage arm ensures easy mounting without having to adjust the tractor hitch struts. The requisite weight balance and ideal ground clearance on the headland are additional advantages claimed for the new mower. When the cutter bar is raised, it is held firmly in place by a stabiliser cylinder. This makes it easier to drive over swaths and provides greater stability during transport.
During transport the mower is pivoted hydraulically to the rear. This is done easily from the tractor seat by means of a double-acting cylinder. This is claimed to gives a clear rear view at all times. The swivel mechanism also doubles as a collision protection device. The mower is ready to operate immediately without the need to leave the cab.
Safety is paramount during mowing
As for all horizontally folding mowers, a counterweight for safer driving is also available as an option for the NOVACAT 402 ED. The amount of added ballast is flexible and can be as much as 530kg. This increases the load on the rear left wheel. In addition, the torsional load on the drive shaft is lessened which claims to make for safer handling.