Press Releases October 08, 2020
John Deere launches R310R Mower Conditioner for better forage at higher speeds
Crestmead, Queensland (8 October 2020) – John Deere has honed in on delivering efficiency to contractors and farmers who want to mow and condition more hectares at higher speeds while producing better quality hay and forage, with the launch of the new R310R Mower Conditioner (MoCo) to the New Zealand market.
Built for speed and performance while offering maneuverability, the R310R is a 3.1m, vertical fold, rear-mounted MoCo, ideally suited to operations where paddock size suits nimble 100hp tractors.
John Deere Tactical Marketing Manager, Fraser Scott, said the R310R will deliver better-quality forage at a lower cost, to grow profitability in an increasingly competitive and challenging production environment.
“Over recent years both contactor and farming customers have told us they need a MoCo that can perform in tight paddocks and maneuver through narrow gateways and lanes. As a vertical fold machine, the R310R meets both of those requirements,” Mr Scott 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 New Zealand paddocks."
Another highlight feature of the new 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," Mr Scott said.
The travel range of the new R310R 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," Mr Scott said.
"Effective overload protection of moving parts on the cutterbar in case of impact with foreign objects is also a feature."
Contractors or farmers who want to learn more about the new R310R can contact their local John Deere dealer for more information or click here.
The R310R MoCo is available for order now.
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