Power is transmitted from the 1000-rpm power take-off (PTO) on the front of tractor through gearcases to the cutterbar.
Power is transmitted to the rotary disks through fully enclosed gears, running in oil, for quiet, smooth, reliable operation
Classic cutterbar are equipped with reversible knives offering two cutting edges. These knives are easily exchangeable from the front of the cutterbar. Traditional reversible bolted knives provide a simple and economical solution for small and medium farms.
A new cutterbar has been developed to increase productivity through a significant down-time reduction
when changing knives. Needed time drop down from 2 minutes per knife to about 10 seconds. It is an efficient way to save up to 90 min of maintenance time for teamed mower-conditioners.
You only need to insert the special tool (attached to the mower-conditioner) between the disc and spring blade, push it down and remove the knife. No parts are lost during the change process. Operator comfort is even further enhanced since knives used on the QKE cutterbar are designed to provide the same cutting height as the classic cutterbar at 30-mm. These knives, with a single cutting face, are the only one to guarantee excellent cutting quality and efficient use with the QKE cutterbar (no crop accumulation, easy come back to cutting position).
The desired swath width can easily be obtained by loosening the handle on each side and moving the adjustable swath deflectors to the desired position. Swath width is adjustable from 1.4 m to 2.0 m (4 ft, 7 in. to 6 ft, 6 in.) on the 131 Front-Mounted Mower-Conditioner.
The available room for a windrow is a function of wheel spacing and tire width. The windrow width of the 131 Front-Mounted Mower-Conditioner may be narrower than the windrows from a 388 Twin Rear-Mounted Mower-Conditioner if the forming shields are adjusted so the tractor does not drive on the windrow that is produced.
A wide spread kit is available as a field-installed bundle. This kit is composed of vanes installed under the conditioning hood. The crop flow is spread to approximately the machine working width and offset about 400 mm (15.75 in.) on the left-hand side. This allows a clean separation between the uncut crop and spread crop.
The mower-conditioner is equipped with 54 free-swinging, steel impeller tines. This John Deere conditioner provides excellent conditioning performance and fluffy windrows.
High conditioning intensity is often advised when mowing natural grasses, graminaceous and short
crops. On the contrary, light conditioning is required for daily feeding in combination with a self-loading wagon.
The impeller is not designed to condition leguminous, however, if it has to, choose a light conditioning effect.
The 131 Front-Mounted Mower-Conditioner can be ordered with conditioning rolls to work in delicate crops such as clover or alfalfa. The roller conditioning system consists of two powered inter-meshing rolls allowing a more gentle action in delicate crops. The efficient crop passing through the conditioning rolls is gently but firmly conditioned, resulting in the preservation of all leaves and nutrients of the crop.
The 131 Front-Mounted Mower-Conditioner is used to maximize the potential of all tractors equipped with a front power take-off (PTO). This 1000-rpm mower-conditioner can be combined with the following 1000-rpm mower-conditioners to increase productivity:
With a twin rear-mounted mower-conditioner, unmatched productivity is gained with cutting widths up to 8.8 m (29 ft) in one pass with a narrow transport width.
The A-frame adapter enables quick and easy installation of the 131 Front-Mounted Mower-Conditioner. The adapter attaches to the tractor’s front 3-point hitch and locks into the mating headstock that is part of the mower-conditioner.
Downstop chains are included for use with tractors, without front hitch position sensing. During mowing operation the front linkage is on a floating position in order to allow better ground following. The machine is sitting on stop chains as a reset down position.
Hydraulic cylinders are used to raise and lower the cutting platform when crossing headlands.