Krone ECTC Connect coupling frame adds the scale required for broadacre farmers

Krone has launched ECTC Connect to allow coupling together more precision mowing implements to provide a wide span 13m sweep in one pass for large-scale broadacre operations

Krone ECTC Connect is set to add considerable production increases for large scale mowing operations to the level of replacing a second operator as it allows quick coupling and a wide 13 metre cut

There is a new coupling frame in town, and it quickly allows operators to connect two ECTC400 (four metre) or ECTC500 (five metre) trailed mowers to the rear in combination with a front mower, delivering up to 13m cutting width.

Krone Product Manager Nathan Thomas said this versatile product is a game changer for large scale mowing operations.

“Until now, farmers have only been able to use one trailed mower in combination with a front mower, a butterfly mower, or the BIGM450 Self Propelled mower. This has all changed now, as Krone is able to provide a connecting kit, allowing a massive working width, making it a ground-breaking product,” Nathan Thomas outlined.

“The mowers can be operated simultaneously or individually from the cab via an electrical box and the operational movements include moving the mowers up and down and angle adjustment and turning – perfect for when you approach a headland and need to steer the mowers tighter.

“The ECTC Connect features a hydraulic quick coupler for hydraulic connection to the rear mowers, while also allowing operators to individually fine-tune the hydraulic valve,” Nathan Thomas added.

This is the 13m cutting width the Krone ECTC couple frame can deliver as it allows connection of two ECTC400 (four metre) or ECTC500 (five metre) trailed mowers to the rear in combination with a front mower

The hydraulic valve has a sensitivity flow control adjustment to change the timing when turning or lifting, meaning you adjust each mower to run in combination together. This provides a smooth operation allowing for more consistent work and saves time out in the paddock.

“One rear trailed mower without a transport kit is up to five metres wide, however an endwise transport kit will reduce the size to three metres,” Nathan Thomas continued.

“Although transporting two rear mowers isn’t possible at this stage, the endwise kit allows you to drive on the road with one mower, without being oversized. The other mower could be transported with a different tractor.

“There are two PTO shaft ends for each individual mower and a separate gear box for quick adaption to the ECTC mowers.

“The ECTC Connect is a fantastic versatile product to drive results, improve productivity and get the job done well,” Nathan Thomas concluded.

For more information about Krone ECTC Connect quick coupler from your nearest dealer go to this link.

Watch the video that shows how quickly the 13 metre combination front and rear mounted mowers can get across the paddock on this link.

This overhead shot of the 13 metre cut provided with Krone’s EasyCut TC Connect coupling shows just how much time will be saved by large-scale growers this coming season

This is the advantage Krone ECTC coupling brings

  • Until now, operators have only been able to use one trailed mower in combination with a front mower, a butterfly mower, or the BIGM450 Self Propelled mower
  • Krone is the only manufacturer to provide a connecting kit, allowing a massive working width, making it a ground-breaking product
  • The mowers can be operated simultaneously or individually from the cab via an electrical box and the operational movements include moving the mowers up and down and angle adjustment and turning
  • The ECTC Connect features a hydraulic quick coupler for hydraulic connection to the rear mowers, while also allowing operators to individually fine-tune the hydraulic valve
  • For more information see https://kroneaustralia.com.au/product/range/disc-mowers/