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MF mowers and mower conditioners are manufactured with one thing in mind: to cut the biggest jobs down to size.
|Model||Cutting Width: ft (m)||PTO hp (kW)|
|Click on the model number to view complete specs in AGCO Compare|
|1459||9.3 (2.8)||30 (22)|
|1474||14 (4.26)||75 (56)|
|1476||16 (4.9)||75 (56)|
The Model 1459 uses a single sickle for a 9-foot cut and the Models 1474 and 1476 both feature dual sickles to achieve 14-and 16-foot cuts respectively.
The sickle drives are simple and reliable, the sway bar reduces the side to side or up and down movement of the sickle that occurs with wobble box designs.
Decreasing the unwanted movement reduces maintenance and repair costs as well as increases the life of the sickle.
All three mowers feature an adjustable lean-bar. Adjusting the bar to 1/3 crop height starts butt-first feeding which helps keep leaves on the stem as well as promotes more uniform and thorough conditioning.
The reel is belt driven on all models, using belt slippage to protect the reel drive is a simple and effective system that eliminates the need for a slip clutch reducing maintenance costs. Reel speed is easily adjustable by the use of shims which allows the operator to match reel speed with crop and field conditions. Tine release is cam track controlled and can be adjusted to accommodate a wide range of crop conditions. The reel bulkheads are bolted on so a fifth bat can be added to the Model 1459 and a sixth bat can be added to all three mowers to accommodate very heavy crops.
The Models 1474 and 1476 use an over-center cam system to apply roll pressure and release tension allowing slugs to pass though without stopping or plugging the machine. The Model 1459 uses spring tension without the over-center cam system.
The conditioning rolls are available in several different configurations:
The dual, counter rotating, augers evenly feed crop to the conditioners. Dual augers provide two live feeding surfaces (the augers) as opposed to one live (auger) and one stationary surface (header pan) in a single auger header. Dual augers do a better job of maintaining butt first orientation which promotes more even, consistent and thorough conditioning, while keeping more leaves on the stem. The dual augers are fixed with a center carrier. The center support helps reduce flexing and wear on the auger.
Both augers are also slip cultch protected to minimize damage in the event an obstruction is encountered in the field. Many competitors use a single floating auger that tends to feed crop in bunches while in heavy conditions and does not maintain the butt first orientation.
The over-the-top, box frame design carries the header much like a self-propelled machine for better ground-hugging flotation and higher windrow clearance.