For hay producers working in tight spots the John Deere R310R MoCo is the perfect solution to save valuable time
With the launch of the R310R mower conditioner (MoCo) to our local market for the first time many hay producers will buy this model based on convenience and speed alone.
John Deere has honed in on group of producers that have been demanding a mower conditioner that can keep up with their fast-paced production schedule.
The John Deere R310R MoCo does just that. This model will delivering some big time savings to many hay contractors and farmers that want to work across more ground at higher speeds, while at the same time produce good quality hay and forage.
The R310R MoCo is built for speed and performance while offering good maneuverability across its 3.1m cutting width. This vertical fold, rear-mounted MoCo has been primarily designed for operations where paddock size suits compact dimension 74kW (100hp) tractors.
John Deere Tactical Marketing Manager, Fraser Scott, said the R310R will deliver better-quality forage at a lower cost, in an increasingly competitive and challenging hay and silage production environment.
“Over recent years both contractor and farming customers have told us they need a MoCo that can perform in tight paddocks and manoeuvre through narrow gateways and lanes. As a vertical fold machine, the R310R meets both of those requirements,” Fraser said.
“Oblique folding at 126 degrees and a pivoting point close to the tractor also results in better weight balance and enhances stability, including when the MoCo is being road transported.
“In fact, the machine can cover long transport distances at speeds of up to 50 kilometres per hour, where local laws permit.”
“The R310R has been designed to cut cleanly and prevent chopping, and we’re excited to see it in action across Australian paddocks.” Fraser added.
“Another attribute of the R310R MoCo is quick change knives to minimise service times and give operators more hours cutting hay. Compared to standard bolted knives, the time-saving capacity offered by quick change knives is striking.
“Further to this, John Deere has also included bolted-on, as opposed to welded-on, skid plates on the bottom of the cutterbar as another means to increase ease and speed of maintenance, to have a direct impact on on-farm efficiency,” Fraser said.
The travel range of the R310R MoCo hugs ground contours even in extreme topographies, with knives and the cutterbar lifting to both avoid rises and ensure hay quality is not affected by the addition of dirt or stones to the windrow.
Adjustable hydraulic suspension also lowers ground pressure to protect plant cover, while keeping fuel consumption down and impurities out.
Knowing every operation is unique, John Deere has ensured the R310R can be specified with a tine impeller conditioner or rubber conditioning rollers to make it suited to a broad range of applications, from high-density crops to those which need to be handled more gently.
“Safety is also something that has been prioritised through inclusion of a ‘break away’ function whereby if a foreign object such as a fence post is struck the MoCo will break away before automatically returning to the normal position,” Fraser said.
“Effective overload protection of moving parts on the cutterbar in case of impact with foreign objects is also a feature.”
John Deere’s R310R MoCo is available to order now. Contractors or farmers who want to learn more can contact their local John Deere dealer for more information or click here.