A wide-swath, center-pivot trailed mower that’s easy-to-operate and designed to cut the time, labor and costs of high production haying, is now available from Vermeer Corporation.
The new heavy-built TM1400 Trailed Mower cuts an 18' wide (5.49 m) path, considerably wider than any other trailed mower in the field. This allows owners to eliminate the need to operate multiple 3-point-mounted mowing units, which tie up extra tractors and operators.
The TM1400 is extremely versatile and it can operate with lower horsepower tractors. Center-pivot allows it to maneuver around objects and make 180º turns on headlands for fast cutting. Two (2) independent, staggered (and overlapping) cutterbars ensure accurate and thorough cutting action in the center of the swath. Maximum swath width is 87% of cutting width* for quick, uniform dry down.
Set up and transport is also simple. Swivel gearbox design accommodates both Cat 2 or 3N hitches. (In addition, the TM1400 is 3-point quick-hitch adaptable.) When going from field to transport, the unit folds down to 8' 6" wide (2.57 m) quickly and easily to maneuver through gates and travel from field to field.
A unique, patent-pending flotation/hydraulic design reduces cutterbar weight on the ground, allowing it to more easily follow contour. Large 31 x 13.5 -15 tires ensure excellent flotation and stability.
Cutting height is adjustable from 1.25" to 3" (3.2 cm - 7.6 cm). Hydraulic cutterbar pitch control (from 0 to 6º) sets cutting height and allows the operator to adjust for different crops and conditions without the use of tools.
The TM1400 features segmented hex-shaped drive shafts and comes equipped with fourteen self-contained cutting units mounted on the independent cutterbars. Each cutting unit is sealed with its own set of gears, bearings and lubricant to reduce service time, repairs and cost. Low-profile cutting discs with wide skid shoes provide smooth, clean cutting action with maximum protection. Each disc contains a set of extra thick (5mm) dual edge, reversible blades for longer life. An exclusive Quick-Clip™ Blade Retention system allows operators to replace or reverse the blades in seconds using just the Quick-Clips and a special changing tool that comes with the mower. Flip up cover design provides excellent access for routine service and maintenance.
The 6,300 lb unit (2,858 kg) requires a 1,000 rpm drive system with minimum drawbar horsepower of 95 hp (70.1 kW). Hydraulic requirements include two pair of auxiliary remote outlets (1850 psi, 6 gpm flow minimum / 120 BAR, 27L/min).
Vermeer Corporation manufactures a full line of haying equipment including large round balers, mowers, mower/conditioners, rakes, tedders, bale processors, silage wrappers, and hay handling equipment; plus a wide assortment of industrial equipment for tree, construction, environmental and underground utility service work. For more information on Vermeer Agricultural equipment, log into the Vermeer Ag website at www.vermeerag.com
*Swath width percentage depends on type and condition of crop being cut.
VERMEER®, the Vermeer logo and Quick-Clip are registered trademarks of Vermeer Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.
(Note to editor: Color photos in electronic format are available upon request. Please contact Bellana Putz, Lessing-Flynn, @ 515-274-9271 for requests.)