This line of drum mowers manufactured by Terra of Italy is designed for hay producers who want higher production rates and fewer problems in the field. With these machines you get high speed cutting and conditioning all in one machine, and with very few moving parts.
The design of a drum mower is mechanically much simpler than sickle bars, disc mowers, discbines, and haybines. For part-time producers, it is a superior design that cuts faster with fewer problems. The drum mower design, which has been very prominent in Europe for decades, is finally gaining popularity here in the US, and rightly so.
In the past, the only drawback of drum mowers was that they will windrow the cut crop into a tight pile that does not dry well. If you can imagine the cut grass stacked like a row of fallen dominoes, you have the idea of how conventional drum mowers windrow hay. This tight windrow cannot be directly baled because the underside will never dry. It needs to be spread out with a tedder to dry, and then raked into windrows.
We’ve solved this problem with our exclusive conditioning system. A series of teeth have been added to the neck of the cutter drum. These teeth provide a flailing action that ejects the hay out the back of the mower, spreading and fluffing it in the process. The result is a faster drydown time that rivals complicated and expensive haybines and discbines. The conditioning system has no moving parts and requires no adjustments. Completely maintenance free, it’s working whenever you’re mowing. And these machines now come standard with bolt-on teeth to increase the conditioning action.
A drum mower has only two large counter-rotating drums. These drums create a great deal of inertia, helping you to power through the thickest hay conditions. The drums are powered from above by a simple gearbox, not with multiple small gears from below like a disc mower. A simple breakaway system ensures that if you accidentally hit an unmovable object, the mower will swing rearward, avoiding damage. Simply back up to reset and you can continue mowing.
These drum mowers use only 4 inexpensive, reversible blades per drum. They can be easily sharpened or simply replaced when dull. Replacing a blade takes only a few seconds. The only tool needed is stored right on the mower, so it is always with you. No bolts, no time consuming adjustments. Just change and go.
Terra has added other innovations to the drum mower design as well. While other manufacturers continue to use belts between the main PTO and the drum gearbox, Terra mowers use a durable shaft-driven system. Shaft drive means no belts to come off, slip, or break at the most inconvenient times. Terra also supports the main drum gearbox centrally, so that the ground pressure is evenly distributed between the two drums, instead of supporting on the end like other brands. Central support is easier to adjust and the drums better follow ground contours, leading to a better cut.
Features not available from other manufacturers include:
- Heavy canvas cover reduces dust and projectiles
- All-shaft drive for long life and efficient power transfer
- Built-in conditioning system reduces drying time compared to conventional drum mowers, sickle bars, and disc mowers. Additional bolt on teeth are included for more aggressive conditioning action
- Central support of drums follows contours better and reduces drum wear
- Helical gears provide efficient, quiet power transfer and will last longer than conventional bevel gears
|Manufacturer Model||Sarracenia 180|
|Number of cutting knives||4 per drum|
|Number of conditioning teeth||8 per drum|
|Folding for Transport||manual or hydraulic|
|Mowing capacity||8 acres/hr.|
|Minimum tractor engine power (HP)||50|
|Minimum tractor weight||4000 lbs|
|Tractor hitch and PTO||Category 1 or 2, 540 RPM PTO|
|Tractor width (min.)||5’|
|Tractor width (max.)||7’|
|Machine Weight||1466 lbs|
|Ship Weight||1690 lbs|
Shipping rates apply to the continental United States only. Please call 260-225-3429 to inquire about shipments to Alaska, Hawaii, or international.
|Delivery Type||Continental US – Model TL71|
|Commercial or Freight Terminal||$ 499.00|
|Farm/Residential with lift gate||$ 579.00|
|Pickup from warehouse||FREE|
The cost of assembly for this item is $250.00.