Many producers are looking to cull their swathing process in canola, however that isn’t likely a practice that will work for all conditions. Deere is betting on a remaining need for swathers with a new tool aimed at the oilseed and small grains market.
John Deere is putting their new W170 into the marketplace this year, powered by its 4.5 litre engine. Coming in between the W155 and the W235 and W260 machines, the 170 takes advantage of the smaller engine and reduced weight, the bigger models rely on the 6.8 litre unit. The 170 kicks out 12 percent more power than the 155, or just a bit over the 170 horsepower mark.
The engine also gets a variable-speed cooling fan, with reversing for dusty or debris-rich harvests. It makes use of the company’s stabilized-steering system to run down the road to the next field at up to 44 kilometers per hour.
“During benchmarking studies in heavy crop conditions, the W170 Windrower (had a) 20 percent productivity gain,” said Nick McKelvey, John Deere marketing manager for windrowers.
“With 46 inches of ground clearance and 12-inch wider walking beams, tall windrows can flow easily beneath the machine’s frame and are corralled by a new swath compressor.”
The swath compressor forms loose crop into a tight, uniform windrow, making it easier for a combine to pick up, eliminating the need for a canola roller.”
For night swathing the units have eight LED lights that can cover any of the seven draper-headers that are available from Deere for the unit, ranging from 15 to 45 feet in width.