Mowers with groupers are usually used in combination with powerful forage harvesters or forage wagons. If the rouper moves the material more cleanly, the throughput of the forage harvester or forage wagon increases. The grouper belt of the Fendt Slicer series has been further developed precisely for this process and enables more flexible swath widths with the familiar BeMove function. Drivers use BeMove to continuously adjust the swath width and the working speed of the conveyor belts. With the aid of this function, swath widths of 1.60 m – 3.00 m are possible, which fit exactly to the working width of the following machines.
The new robust hydraulic motor drives a drive roller with an increased diameter, so the conveyor belt can work faster than before. The swath width decreases thanks to the higher working speed. If a forage wagon is used for retrieval, this is optimal. Alternatively, the groupers can be used to create swaths or place the material close to the field boundaries. In this way, a larger working width can be realised with the rake and the driver of the rake can cover a greater area.
The grouper belts are now at a flatter angle to the mower unit. Due to the new working position, they are fed more evenly across the entire belt width. This optimises the forage transport. Newly developed two-part plastic bars provide aggressive forage collection, increasing overall performance. An edge protector on the rear wall facilitates cleaning, avoids forage accumulation on the belt and also ensures even feeding. In addition, a frame prevents dirt from entering the space in between, and wipers on the outer sides further facilitate cleaning.
New angle sensors detect the position of the conveyor belts and balance them according to the machine's centre of gravity. Especially if you initially mowed with the belt, but in the following operation the belt is folded up, BeMove automatically shifts the belt for optimal balance.