Testimonial – Jerry Laskody
“Just a short note to let you know how pleased I am with the performance of the Galfre FR/G 190 I purchased from Tractor Tools Direct. I mowed 20 acres of hay with it and the only problem I had was with the guy driving the tractor-me! The “Black Hole” conditioning system spreads the cut out behind the mower for quick drying and does not “windrow” it. The spacers lift the cutter just right so I had very little, if any, rock damage to the cutter. (They don’t call this the Rocky Mountains for the heck of it!). The spacers caught an unmarked rock or two and I got a “break away” several times. I wasn’t able to reconnect by just backing up. I had to lift the three point and then use the hydraulic cylinder to reset the breakaway feature.
Despite Scott’s warning I managed to catch a post or two. I pert near cut those hummers in half! I merely switched blades from one drum to the other and went on my way. I finished cutting with the original set of blades. An interesting point was watching the coolant temperature of the tractor increase with the damaged blades in the 95+°F degree heat. (We engineers notice such things.) One thing I might do is to design and fabricate a “stand off” for the front corner of the mower where I have a tendency to hit things. This would protect the deck and preclude cutting objects that I really don’t want to cut and keep from damaging the deck and the blades.
My only regret is that I didn’t get a bigger mower but the Galfre 210 is just too big for my Ford 4610 and I didn’t want have to use my New Holland TD95D for mowing and baling because of the change over time. Maybe somewhere in the future I’ll make that switch.
Here’s a picture of the mower output. Note the spread out , non-windrowed cut grasses. The grass is spread out behind the mower for quick drying.
Some of the forums I read list “windrowing” as a failing of drum mowers. This windrowing action then requires tedding to get the crop to dry down. These pictures clearly show that the Galfre’s “Black Hole Conditioning” does not require tedding thus eliminating the requirement for another implement (a tedder) and another field operation (tedding).”