Global machinery news: KUHN GF 13003 tedder

By: Chris McCullough

Access to those hard-to-reach fields with a tedder has been made easier with the introduction of KUHN’s new 13m compact mounted machine

The new KUHN GF 13003 delivers a 13m compact mounted machine

The GF 13003 is the widest mounted tedder on the market and joins the trailed version that was launched last year. The mounted design places the weight of the tedder over the rear of the tractor to avoid the implement slipping when working on hillsides, helping to increase accuracy and stability.

"For users after increased output from a mounted tedder, the GF 13003 offers improved manoeuvrability and the ability to reach fields through narrow lanes and gateways," says Rhodri Jenkins, Kuhn’s grassland product specialist.

"The clever design means all 12 rotors fold into a 2.99-metre transport width and a 2.67-metre transport height, while the tedder features just one gearbox and two hydraulic valves for simple operation."

To maintain forage quality and prevent losses on field margins, Kuhn’s Oblique setting pivots the two outer rotors rearwards when tedding on headlands to ensure all tedded grass is thrown back onto the cut area. The system requires no additional hydraulic supply.

Uprated arms and heavy-duty tines accompany a new Optitedd rotor to improve the longevity of the GF 13003 and reduce servicing and maintenance. The brand says the asymmetrical tines are expected to last twice as long as previous tines and will improve tedding between neighbouring rotors. A reduced distance between the wheels and tines helps reduce contamination due to closer ground following.

"Further developments on the GF 13003 include rotor wheel deflectors as standard to prevent grass build-up around the wheels and column. This is especially useful in long crops and young high-sugar crops that tend to wrap around the wheels during operation," says Rhodri.

Existing KUHN features are available, such as the Headland Lift Control, which raises the two outermost rotors higher on headland turns to achieve maximum ground clearance and ensure forage is tedded only once. KUHN’s renowned Digidrive system offering maintenance-free rotors is also an option.

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